Yacht club call for boaters to get together

Every weekend a flotilla of keen sailors leaves the villages and towns of

the Cotswolds and heads for the sea.

Down the A34, along the M40, through

narrow country lanes hundreds of keen Cotswold boat owners flock to the coast.

This spring migration may not be as impressive as that of the cuckoo returning

from Africa but it is as predictable.

However, there is one curious fact.

Although hundreds of keen Cotswolds sailors embark on this weekly trip few know

each other.

‘Most weekends my wife Sandra and I drive down to our boat on the

Hamble and on the road we see lots of other keen boaters clearly heading for

the coast.

‘They obviously live nearby yet we don’t know them.

‘It’s almost as if

there’s a secret navy here in the Cotswolds.’ says Keith Westcott head of the

newly formed Motorboat Section of the Chipping Norton Yacht Club (CNYC).

‘All these

local people with boats at the coast have lots in common yet here in rural

England they are anonymous.

‘I am keen to contact them so that this secret

Cotswold Navy can meet up in Chipping Norton for a drink, a meal and a chat

when not afloat.’

Mr Westcott would like to hear from anyone

who lives in the Cotswolds and has a motorboat at the coast.

He can be

contacted through the CNYC at www.cnyc.co.uk. The club also welcomes

sailboat owner.

(Picture: Keith and Sandra

Westcott searching for the Cotswolds’ Secret Navy on a bridge over the M40)