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Windermere Week 2017

  • 06 Aug 2017
  • 12:00
  • 11 Aug 2017
  • 21:00
  • On and around Windermere, Cumbria UK


  • There are Rally Fees and some charges.

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Windermere Week 2017

Sunday 6th August to Friday 11th August 2017
at, on and around Windermere

Please register your participation online on the Events Page of steamboatassociation.co.uk or post your booking to Roger Heise.

The 2017 Rally will be different!   The Rally will go ahead from Sunday August 6th to Friday August 11th (to fit in with accommodation many of you have already booked).   Rally berths will be around the Ferry Nab and Windermere Marina Village locations.  Download the booking form here.

Berths for visiting boats:
There are 30 metres of berthing space at Ferry Nab, which I hope will give space  for 5 boats (more with rafting up).   There are 12 metres of space in the Marina which will give space for 2 (maybe 3 rafting) smaller boats.

Launching visiting boats:
Launch at the Ferry Nab slipway £13 (in & out) – pay-as-you-go.  Slipway is open 09:00 to 21:00.

Trailer & car parking:
Trailers can be parked at Ferry Nab and trailer parking will be included in the berthing costs.  A car parking permit for Ferry Nab (also close to the Marina) is £8 per day or £30 for 7days – pay-as-you-go. 

I will have steam coal delivered to my boathouse No 28 in the Windermere Marina.  The price will be as last year.  Collect the coal yourself (at a landing stage in Marina, Lat 54.3525, Long -2.9259).

Members without boats:
Are very, very welcome. I will sort out some clearing-house service to get you ‘allocated’ to steam on boats, probably from Ferry Nab.  Don’t be put off, do come.

I am suggesting a more relaxed pace for the rally, largely to give boats time to rendezvous from around the Lake and to get to each destination.  And some of us are getting older.

Saturday 5th (i.e. evening before rally) – Lakeland Boat Club’s Boat Parade at 18:00.  Please register at http://www.lakedistrictboatclub.co.uk/download/social_scene/boat-parade-poster-2017.pdf

Sunday 6th
Get to Windermere, register with the Wardens, launch, park trailers (phone me if you need a tow to your berth).  Evening buffet supper (needs pre-booking) in the upper room at the Boathouse Restaurant, Marina Village with cash bar, 5 mins walk from Ferry Nab.

Monday 7th
Steam south to Fell Foot / Swan Hotel to be in Fell Foot area around 12:30 to 14:30.  Café / Swan / picnic lunch as you wish.  Try to meet at Ferry Nab and steam down in groups for company.   Raft up for tea at Cunsey (Lat 54.3351 Long -2.9481).   Polished brasses day.  Supper in selected restaurants in Bowness area (to be arranged on Sunday evening).

Tuesday 8th
Free steaming (with light lunch) and arrive at Wray Castle Harbour for an Edwardian Tea at 15:00 (eccentric dressing-up encouraged) by courtesy of Marguerite Calvert and Dot Bullough.   Give a donation for your tea – it will go to the Shamrock Trust – and do make it a substantial donation, as Marguerite and Dot put in so much effort – please make it worth their while.  Then, weather and navigation lights permitting,  steam to Waterhead (Water Edge Inn / other restaurants) for supper as required before steaming in group(s) back to Ferry Nab.  Otherwise find your own supper in Bowness or where-ever.

Wednesday 9th
Morning/early afternoon still a bit fluid – potter around Belle Island, shop, maybe lunch at the RWYC or just picnic – to be fixed shortly.
Evening – fish & chip supper (needs pre-booking) at Christine and Roger Kent’s house (Holly Gate, Levens LA8 8NP  Lat 54.2692 Long -2.7876 - 25mins down the Lyth Valley) from the local fish & chip-van, pay-as-you-go, BYO drinks, watch the sunset and the steam trains in their garden …

Thursday 10th
Opportunity to visit Windermere Jetty site (aka ex-Steamboat Museum) at 09:30 - travel by car; the jetties are boomed off!   Then steam up for the classic picnic back at Wray Castle Harbour, say from 13:00.  Dinner and presentations that evening at 19:30 (needs pre-booking & there may be limit on numbers) in upper room in the Boathouse Restaurant with cash bar.

Friday 11th
No time pressure to finish unless you want to, so we could steam together for joint picnics or lunch at Beech Hill or Lakeside.  Please clear any rented berths by the end of the day.

It is basically pay-as-you-go – with exceptions!
I am charging a boat fee of £25 (for the week or part/week) and a fee for adults of £10 (for week or part/week); no charge for children or 1 day guests.  The fees will cover admin costs and a subsidy for boat berths.  Any surplus will be donated to the Shamrock Trust.
Although I do not know the exact costs, for my financial peace of mind, I do need you to commit up-front to

  • ·      the meals at the Boathouse Restaurant (buffet around £20, dinner £25)
  • ·      the boat berths & trailer parking. This depends on how many boats come & on how many berths I need to buy.  My estimate is between £12/metre and £18/metre for the week.
  • ·      the coal (exact cost depends on the pallet transport cost, I estimate £8.50/bag as last year)

Once I have all your bookings I can calculate actual costs.  I will then ask for your cheque or bill you for card payment through the SBA website.

You can book on-line on the website or send your booking form to me to arrive by July 28th  2017 to give me time to get the organisation (and the coal order!) in place.  Many thanks!

The postal address of the rally organiser is           
             Roger Heise
            49 The Row
            Silverdale LA5 0UG
            Great Britain.
Queries to me on email: sbawr2017@heise-data.eu or phone 01524 702 812 or 07855 420 840.

Thank you for booking and I look forward to seeing you on Windermere in August.

Roger Heise

Event type 1 / DS

Key to event types

1 - SBA Organised Event (owner's declaration required)

2 - SBA organised participation in 3rd party's event (owner's declaration required)

In event types 1 and 2 the SBA organisers and SBA members are covered by the SBA Liability Insurance; these events count towards the SBAS boiler test Discount Scheme.

3 - private meeting of members with or without boats

4 - private, individual participation of members in 3rd party's event

5 - for information only

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