So, after the joys of a 7 hour drive up to Windemere on Friday afternoon, the return journey turned out even better! We left RWYC at about 4.45 pm and I dropped off my crew at Oxenholme Station just after 5. After getting something to eat and checking the trailer at Keele Services I thought things were looking better than Friday. Then at 8.15 pm my tyre blew and I had to pull onto the hard shoulder underneath Junction 7 of the M6 just north of Birmingham. After inspecting the shredded remains of the tyre I concluded the compressor foam kit in the car wasn’t going to help much so I phoned my breakdown assistance company to explain the problem – giving them details about the length of the boat and trailer. A recovery truck turned up about half an hour later but took one look at the keel and decided he couldn’t get it on the back of his rig without scraping something. He drove away saying the breakdown company would call me when they had found an alternative. Forty-five minutes later I got a call from them saying they couldn’t find another truck so it was up to me to sort out the situation from the side of a noisy M6! The only slightly helpful suggestion they made was to call up the Highways Agency from the nearest SOS phone box.
After a weird interruption from some foreigners waving a jump lead cable around, I walked down to the SOS box. The Highways Agency advisor tried to get hold of an emergency tyre repair company after some problems reading the size, in the dark, on a deformed tyre. After various calls they gave up on that idea (it was late on a Sunday evening by that point) and started to arrange a “Statutory Removal”. Sometime later a Highways Agency Patrol Vehicle drove up and set out their cones and warning signs and waited with me until the removal vehicle arrived (we spent a lot of time talking about the benefits of standing behind the crash barrier in the cold). Remarkably a very similar looking truck, as at 9pm, turned up at about 1215 am. After some thought about the trailer overhang this recovery driver managed to winch the boat onto the back of his truck by using a couple of blocks of wood under the wheels to avoid the rear of the trailer and keel touching the tarmac. So by roughly 12.30 pm the boat was all ready to drive off.
I then walked off down the edge of the hard shoulder to my car, which was parked far enough away to allow the recovery truck in. Then BANG and I turned around to see what you can see in the pictures. A blue Audi (A5?) had driven into the back of the patrol vehicle and ended up next to the central reservation just behind me. I went back to the patrol vehicle to see whether I could be any help but the recovery driver seemed to be immediately in control of the situation and was running around checking on the situation of the casualties. Luckily the two highways agency patrolmen managed to climb out of their vehicle in one piece after a minute or two in total shock. As soon as they were out they got on with their jobs of making the rest of the situation as safe as possible. They advised me to leave (probably because they didn’t want me going to sleep at the wheel as well). I finally got home without the boat at 2.40.
Yesterday afternoon I bought two new wheels (so I can keep the surviving wheel as a spare) and I collected the boat today from Warwick Services. I am off sailing tomorrow evening at Datchet.
Flying Fifteen #4027
Dave McKee has just sent this link in from Facebook.
Looks like it could be one of the FFers returning from Windermere. Does anyone know any more??
Steve Goacher and Tim Harper clean up!
Read the report and get the results by
A great turnout at Bassenthwaite and because of light wind forecast Sunday they crammed in lot of racing on Saturday !!
Flying Fifteen Northerns 23/24 August
Several visitors who sailed in Bass week have left their boats at the club for the FF Northerns over the August bank holiday weekend so, with many other fifteeners from other clubs expected, the entries for the two day event should be high. To get the entry fee discount of £10 you need to enter online before this coming Sunday. Just go to the club website and follow the link to the FF Nthns.
Remember it’s a camping weekend with camping and caravanning allowed on the Friday, Saturday, Sunday nights..
We now have the date for the Scottish Championships so the “2014 Championship Event Dates” blog from October 6th has been updated. Click here to see the revised version.
The BIFFA Fixtures list is being updated accordingly.
We also now have the NOR for the 2014 Europeans – click here to download it.
There is a page dedicated to to the Mallorca Europeans on the Spanish website. Click here to see it.