The Jumbos are back…! (18 Aug 2020)
Despite the disruption of Covid, we’ve managed to provide some continuity this summer. With the easing of lockdown in June, the punts were launched allowing individual members to get out on the water and practice their scullying. One of these punts can be rigged with a standing lug which allowed a new member arriving from London, to be taken for his first sail.
This was followed a month later with the relaunch of ‘William Paynter’ (10 years old this season). It was found that a crew of three could safely maintain social distancing whilst sailing and so ‘Celeste’, which had been drying out badly, joined her in the harbour in mid August.
All this means that until further notice, we can only offer one ‘sailing position’ per jumbo. However our locally-based skippers, who have their own boats, have offered to assist. So, with enough notice we could potentially sail with both jumbos, 2 picarooners and 2 punts providing a max of 8 sailing positions.
‘The Jumbo, a thing of beauty in itself, has far greater significance than just any old boat – It is an instrument of regeneration and a symbol of all that hidden potential that lies hidden and waiting in the hearts of all our communities’
Anthony Anderson, author and organiser of Ebenezer Lectures