Press release 16/10/2018

Royal Windermere Yacht Club’s Record Cruiser Race Scuppered by Flooding!

The Royal Windermere Yacht Club’s Cruisers were scheduled to start their October series of races on Sunday 14th October when a rise in lake levels of tidal proportions put their plans on hold despite the glorious sunshine.

In a record turnout, the cruiser fleet arrived at the club to prepare for Sunday’s race only to find the club’s foreshore and pontoons under water! 

None of the crews could walk to their boats, or even access their tenders in order to reach boats on swinging moorings away from the club.   The options were to wade waist deep in freezing water, assuming they could ‘second guess’ where the pontoons were under their feet, or attend the club’s Sunday carvery! 

The decision to abandon the race was made when the wind was recorded as light as 0 knots at times and the carvery aromas wafted out of the clubhouse.

Concerned about boats riding up over the submerged pontoons, a few hardy crews waded out to their boats to adjust mooring lines before retreating for Sunday lunch!

The race has been rescheduled to next Sunday.

It has certainly been a year of contrasts for all fleets at the Club, with near-record low water levels at the start of the summer (and the risk of some of the fixed keel boats being grounded) and now the sight of many submerged pontoons around the lake.