I had a great time on Windermere being taught how to sail my Mac! Search YouTube “Windermere May 2017”
Nice video John.....looks like you had the lake to yourself. Hope you can join us in July.
Mrs MacGregor 26C
Big Mac 2019 – Windermere
Windermere has a lot to offer experienced and novice sailors. Since the introduction of the 10mph speed limit, it has become a peaceful lake that is rarely congested, even in the summer. It is 11 miles from top to bottom and a mile across at its widest point. It is surrounded by hills and valleys that create interesting conditions and sailors must be alert to changes in wind-speed and wind direction. The lake has many mooring-up and anchoring areas to enjoy the stunning scenery and to partake of the many cafes, hotels and other attractions that are on the water’s edge. It is child friendly, dog friendly and MacGregor friendly – there are few areas of the Lake that our boats will not take us. Windermere is surrounded by many attractions and some superb walking country. I have walked much of it and will be happy to lead some walks and excursions, as part of the Big Mac experience.
Although we have suggested a week for the event, there are some of you who will wish to stay longer and some that might only wish to come for a few days. We intend to have a ‘dinner’ on the Saturday night to which all members will be welcome to attend, whether they are attending the event or not. There might be some members out there who wish to come and just ‘hang out’ or enjoy some sailing experience without having to trail their boats – do! There are various accommodation options around Windermere and visitors will be welcome to crew on any of the boats that are part of the event. An MOA event is essentially an informal gathering of people who own the same type of boats - there will be an itinerary of sorts but everyone is free to do their own thing, when they want, or to join in, when they want.
The plan is that we arrive on Wednesday 24th July and depart on Wednesday 31st. There are various mooring options based around Windermere Marina Village and Ferry Nab. Dan Fairweather from WMV runs the moorings and has reserved a row of 7 pontoons with water, electricity and tv connection and reckons he will be able to accommodate a few more more boats on other, random, berths in the marina. There is a slight catch. Building work is going on right behind the reserved pontoons between the hours of 8 to 530, Monday to Friday, and could be intrusive. I have just returned from 2 nights in the marina and have taken some pics that I will post. My view is that by July a lot of the heavy work will be over but I am no expert. Dan is offering us a ‘special price’ of £30 per night, including launching and recovery by marina staff, trailer storage and parking for the week. The moorings are sunny, SW facing and close to an excellent and well-run bar that does meals, with a restaurant option above. Very convivial.
If more boats come to the event, Ferry Nab Marina (01539 442753) also has availability and is less than five minutes' walk from WMV. The facilities are not quite so luxurious, but it is an easy going and well organised council marina with an excellent slipway and good parking for car and trailer. It is less sheltered than WMV but the views are better! Ferry Nab marina might work out slightly more expensive than WMV.
If both marinas become fully booked, there are swinging visitor moorings not far from Ferry Nab which, for half the price, offer a more back-to-nature experience which, for some, might be preferable to the congestion of the marinas. The swinging moorings belong to the South Lakeland council and are booked in the same way as the Ferry Nab marina berths. The visitor moorings at Parsons Wyke/Ferry Nab and behind Belle Isle are the closest to the marinas. See the following link for more information.
Both marinas require you to have at least 3rd party insurance and will ask to see evidence of it.
You will also need to register your boat for your time on Windermere, however long you intend to stay.
Registration costs £20 plus the cost of numbers (£10) and you will need display boards. This can be done by post or on line before you come or, when you arrive at the lake, at the Warden’s Office, Ferry Nab. You will need photo I.D. plus a utility bill. You might bring your own display boards (one either side of the hull) to stick your numbers on. Or make your own – see link below
How to book
As ever, the sooner you book the more likely you are to get a mooring of your choice.
If WMV is your preferenc, you need to download the pdf application form from the WMV website, or from this post, and e-mail it or post it to WMV who will then send you a payment request.
If Ferry Nab marina is your choice, you can visit the website and download forms to complete and send – or just give them a call and they might hold a place for you until they receive completed forms. They haven’t been able to offer us any discount, but they are aware that we are having an event and that we might wish to use their facilities. They can be a bit gruff and might pretend to know nothing about the event but are nice guys underneath and will help us out during the week, if we need it.
It would be good to get a bit of momentum going on this event although I am pleased to see that there is already enough interest to suggest there will be an eclectic and jolly gathering of MacGregor folk on the lake in July.
Please use this thread to ask questions and communicate ideas but we recommend you do not give numbers or addresses – use the private message facility instead.
Once you have a confirmed booking it will be helpful if you can let us know on this thread where you have booked, for how long and who will be with you - if anyone - so we can plan ahead.
If you have any problems with booking or are interested in other mooring options – there are some – let me know.
Good luck with everything and looking forward to Big Mac 2019.
Mrs MacGregor 26C
Thanks for all the wonderful work! Looks like we could almost raft up in those berths...:)
Pics taken yesterday that show the 7 moorings that are reserved for us. They are good pontoons but the catch is the building work going on behind. In the first picture you can see the bar in the back ground. The last picture shows the slipway - marina staff will launch and recover your boat for you.
Mrs MacGregor 26C
A couple of pictures of Ferry Nab. It is more extensive than it looks with good loos and showers and social area but it is very public. Dan's shack open daily for burgers etc Excellent rigging and launching facilities with helpful staff in the warden's office.
Mrs MacGregor 26C
Beutifully put together Quentin. Thank you.
Jonathan (Mist 26M)
I have just had a chat with the Marina and subsequently emailed off the above application form together with my insurance so I'm committed! I decided to go for the whole week but I don't live too far away so if it pours down (I am a native of Cumbria so I know what it's like) I might sneak off back to the warmth of my house. Just joking I'm sure it will be great. Registering for Windermere was very easy.
Now all I have to do is get some practice and get this boat in the water for the second time in 18 months of ownership!