A Mixed Summer

All Lit Up - photo: Andrew Millham

As reported in the last newsletter, the Trust’s management committee has directed that Endeavour remain in Leigh waters to raise the profile of the boat locally and offer members the chance of a trip out on the water. Despite publishing possible trip days on the website, sadly only a few have availed themselves of the opportunity.

The Nore Race organised by Benfleet Yacht Club has been an annual event, which has been a highlight of the local racing season since the early 1920s and has been raced every peacetime year since.

What an opportunity, we thought, to show the Endeavour flag, so we entered her in this year’s race. Sadly we learned at the last minute that we were not insured to race and so were forced to withdraw.

However, having planned the day we went out for a sail with member, and Leigh Sailing Club Commodore, Robin Tothill aboard. Robin was to have been our mentor, had we raced. It was a great day, only slightly marred by a halyard failure, which was quickly remedied.

Our normal members trips run from about an hour before HW along the foreshore to the base of the pier then along its West side to the pierhead, showing the boat off to walkers. Then down to the Mulberry harbour wreckage, before heading back upriver to arrive back in Leigh about an hour after HW. This allows the crew time to get moored again with sufficient water.

Other trips have included the scattering of the ashes of one of our long standing members, who had ‘crossed the bar’.  Such trips are quite moving for Endeavour’s crew and hopefully help bring the family of the deceased closure.

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