Dan's Blog

12 Sep 16
Marina Regatta Series 2016
Our final regatta of 2016 took place on Saturday in the north lake.  It was a challenge for Race Control to set a course with almost no wind at the start, but as usual the team on Aquaspiritus did a great job.It was a tricky start for the fleet in virtually no wind, but a gentle breeze did arrive and we manged to get 2 laps of the course completed.Not...
26 Jun 16
Marina Regatta 3, 2016
With light southerly winds on Saturday morning, the course was set in the South lake, ready for the 1330hrs start.  With the clock counting down to the start and over 20 boats on the start line, the wind then changed direction completely!  Across the line and heading for the first markAs sailors headed south down the lake, the racing was close......
13 Jun 16
Petrol Refuelling
Windermere Marina Village diesel station and refuelling jetty Since the fuel jetty in Bowness closed last year there have been a number of discussions on new fuel stations on the lake.  At Windermere Marina Village we installed a diesel station in our entrance channel but unfortunately any plans for petrol to be installed elsewhere haven’t yet...
04 Jun 16
Marina Update
The weather in the Lakes has been fabulous recently and it's been great to see so many of you enjoying your boats and the lake.  The only downside to such a long dry spell is the low lake level! Where possible, keep engines trimmed up, your speed low and stay towards the middle of the marina channels.We have had some great weather in the last few weeks...
17 Apr 16
Marina Regatta 1, 2016
Saturday 16th April 2016 was the welcome return of our Sailing Regatta series with the Windermere Cruising association.The day started with a Skippers meeting, upstairs in The Boathouse.  Andrew, Derek, David and Steve gave a run down on start sequences, rules and top-tips on how to go fast.Steve explaining the start flags sequenceOut on the water the...
28 Dec 15
Marina Update December 28th
The lake level has been high over the festive period and although it is still a few inches over our jetties, it is now going down fairly steadily.We have been checking the boats daily and there have been no problems.  We do still have a number of boats relocated within the Marina and set with different mooring lines to normal.  As the weather is...
21 Dec 15
Marina Update
Following on from the flooding earlier in the month and the last blog post, we have been working hard at the Marina to get things back to normal as soon as possible.There has been very little boat damage and it was good to see so many of you last week and over the weekend checking your boats.We have some jetty repairs to do in the New Year so if you are...
09 Dec 15
Storm Desmond
Cumbria has hit the headlines this last week as storm Desmond caused widespread flooding and destruction across the region.The level of Windermere rose a huge amount in a short space of time, peaking on Sunday morning at a level nearly 6 feet above our main jetties.  Accompanied by gale force winds there was a huge amount of damage in the local area...
13 Nov 15
Weather Update November 13th
The lake level has dropped a touch today but remains over our main jetties.   With a lot of rain forecast over the weekend we are expecting it to rise over the next few days.The forecast shows heavy rain during Saturday and Sunday.For safety reasons, the power to the Marina is now OFF, so shore-power, jetty lighting, TV and WiFi are off.Please take...
12 Nov 15
Weather update
If you have been following the weather and the twitter updates you will already be aware of the wet and windy spell of weather we have had so far this week.The lake level has responded to all the rain and is currently around 10 inches / 25cm above our main jetties.The Environment Agency river level data shows regular updates on the lake level -...
04 Oct 15
Is your boat ready for autumn & winter?
It’s been a fantastic Autumn so far and as we head towards winter there can still be some fabulous days on the lake for all types of boating.   However with more unsettled weather likely over the coming months it is important to make sure your boat is ready to cope with strong winds, changing water levels and low temperatures.  A few changes...
27 Sep 15
Final Regatta 2015
Our final sailing regatta of the season took place on Saturday 26th September.  Despite hardly a breath of wind, 25 boats turned out for the final race on a beautiful autumn afternoon on Windermere.Race Control boat Aqua Spiritus set a short course in the south lake which proved to be a good decision with little or no wind for most of the afternoon.Not...
07 Sep 15
Autumn Update
As we head into Autumn there is some great boating to be had on Windermere. There is a bit going on too – September 11th – 20th see’s the return of the annual Boat Show in Southampton – a great day (or two!) out and a fantastic opportunity to see all things boating! Shepherds Marine will be on the Sealine stand on the Marina so pop and say hello if you...
16 Aug 15
Marina Series, Race 5, August 2015
With 15 Marina boats and a total of 25 on the start line, it was a fantastic turn out for race number 5 of our series.A busy start line for Race Control 'Aqua Spiritus'The first start was under way at 1330hrs in the South Lake, close to mark number 2.  The second start followed 6 minutes later and the fleet headed south down the lake to marks 12, 4 and...
21 Jun 15
Marina Series Regatta, Race 3 2015
With the OD boat Aqua Spiritus ready to set a course for race number 3 in the regatta series, we just needed the wind to fill in as forecast.  Fortunately it did, just in time for the start and the sailors headed off south down the lake.  It was another great turn out from the Marina and the WCA with 23 boats on the start line.The start of Regatta...
31 May 15
Marina Series Regatta, Race 2, May 2015
The second sailing regatta of our 2015 series took place on Saturday 30th May in the north lake. With 23 boats on the start line it was a fantastic turn out.The first start gets under wayThe team on board 'Aquaspiritus' set the course and although the shifting wind direction gave some challenging conditions at times, everyone had a great afternoon on the...
25 May 15
Diesel Station, Windermere Marina Village
Our new Diesel fuel station is up and running and we have been busy dispensing fuel to our berth holders over the bank holiday weekend.The pump is located in the entrance channel at Windermere Marina Village, giving great access for Marina customers and other lake users. The channel and lake leading to the Marina can be shallow though so our...
26 Apr 15
WMV Regatta April 2015
Our first regatta of the season took place on Saturday 25th April in the North Lake.After a week of lovely warm weather, it was all change on Saturday with dark skies and a cold north westerly wind.  This didn't put off our sailors though and after a morning briefing at The Boathouse from the WCA, it was out on to the lake for an afternoons racing....
12 Apr 15
WMV Sailing Regatta Series 2015
Our 2015 Windermere Marina Village Sailing Regatta series is due to start on Saturday 25th April.  If you would like to take part and haven't yet completed an application form, please get in touch and we will send one out to you along with all the details.The dates for this years series are as follows:April 25thMay 30thJune 20thJuly 25thAugust...
24 Mar 15
New Season at WMV
Welcome to the new season at Windermere Marina Village!  We look foward to welcoming mooring holders new and old to the Marina over the coming days and weeks.Our first Windermere Boat Show was a great success. With some fantastic boats to see and 3 days of sunshine it was a great opener to the boating season.  The online magazine Motorboat Owner...
26 Feb 15
Fuel crisis - don't panic!
With recent news that closure of Windermere's only boat refuelling station is imminent, boaters have been understandably concerned.  With the boating season just around the corner, a solution had to be found.  Ourselves and other commercial operators have been looking at the possibilities available and we are pleased to announce that...
09 Feb 15
2015 'Marina Series' Sailing Regatta
 With the new mooring season just around the corner we are looking forward to the start of our annual 'Marina Series' Sailing Regatta!   We will be holding 6 regattas throughout the year, organised by the Windermere Cruising Association (WCA), with the emphasis on fun, as well as a bit of competition for those that want it!  The dates...
20 Dec 14
Christmas at WMV
Over the Christmas and New Year period, we will be open every day except Christmas Day and Boxing Day.  We will however still be patrolling the jetties and checking the boats on these days and Security will be on site, based in the Marina Reception.  With the winter weather so far being very mild, but also very wet and windy, we are keeping a...
21 Sep 14
Final Regatta of 2014
Anchored on the lake an hour before our final regatta was due to start, it wasn't looking good - no wind.  Phil & Julie, the Race Officers for the day had the tricky task of setting a course and fortunately, as the sailors headed out onto the lake, the breeze started to kick in.Our final regatta was underway at 1330hrs in the north...
24 Aug 14
Windermere Marina Village Sailing Regatta, Race 5, August 2014
Regatta number 5 of the Marina Series got off to a tricky start for the sailors, with light and shifting winds just before the start at 1330hrs.  John Summerfield on Race Control set a course in the north lake and sailors were challenged with difficult conditions as the wind continued to shift and change throughout the race.Sloe Motion off to a good...
08 Aug 14
Security at Windermere Marina Village
We take security at the Marina very seriously and employ an independent company to be on site every night, 365 days a year.  Based at the Marina Reception they are on call for any security issues and also patrol the site and jetties on a regular basis throughout the night.  We are pleased to announce we are now working with Profile Security...
06 Jul 14
Windermere Marina Village Sailing Regatta, Race 4, July 5th 2014
A North Lake start for Regatta number 4 of the WMV Series and plenty of wind for it too...WMV Regatta 4 startDavid and Andrew on Diamond Edge, the Race Control boat for the day, sent the sailors upwind to mark number 4 near the new Bark Barn jetty.  The westerly wind, coming down off Claife Heights, provided some challenging conditions, favouring some...
22 Jun 14
Windermere Marina Village Sailing Regatta, Race 3 June 21st
The 3rd regatta of the season got off to a great start - a nice breeze, blue sky and a good number of boats on the start line.The northerly breeze was fickle at times, becalming some whilst others got lucky with a gust. 'Sloe Motion' dominated the WMV fleet once again, taking the win and then the fizz back at The Boathouse.'Sloe Motion' at the upwind markA...
25 May 14
Windermere Marina Village Regatta: Race 2
Our second regatta of the 2014 season got underway on Saturday 24th May in the North Lake at 1330hrs.A great start by Sloe Motion and Fast ForwardA gusty north easterly wind produced some tricky conditions for the sailors but a great course had been set by the team on 'Mist' the Race Control boat for the afternoon.  The course soon spread out the fleet...
27 Apr 14
Windermere Marina Village Regatta: Race 1
Heavy rain and light winds marked the start of the day as Dave Priestley from the WCA presented the Skippers Briefing at The Boathouse on Saturday morning.  With 2 starts organised for this years series, flags and start procedures were confirmed to the sailors before they headed out to prepare their boats and crew for the first race...
07 Apr 14
RYA Essential Navigation Course
Well done to all who took part in the RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship course which took place at WMV over the weekend!Expertly tutored by Andrew and David, the course was delivered over 3 days (Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday morning) to a keen set of students made up of both motor boaters and sailors.  Andrew is a qualified RYA...
29 Jan 14
Winter Update
It's been a very wet winter so far and the Lake District has, like many other areas, had it's fair share of rain and gales.  We are pleased to report that all is good at WMV though - the water levels, although varying, have been relatively stable and our sheltered location means we have been protected from the worst of the winds....
11 Jan 14
RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship Course
We are pleased to announce that the Windermere Cruising Association will be running an RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship Course at the Marina Village in April.The course is theory based and will run over the weekend of April 4th - 6th, starting on the Friday evening.The aim of the course is to help you become more competent, knowledgeable and safer on...
11 Jan 14
Marina Regatta Series 2014
With the days starting to get longer and the new season approaching, we are already looking forward to our 2014 Sailing Regatta Series.The Windermere Cruising Association (WCA) are organising 6 regatta's for us (4 to count, for the competitive ones amongst you) on the following dates:Saturday, April 26thSaturday, May 24thSaturday, June 21stSaturday, July...
23 Oct 13
Mooring Tips for Winter
With autumn well underway and winter not far around the corner, it is important to make sure your boat is ready to cope with the worst of the weather.  There can be some fabulous boating on the lake at this time of year and a few changes to your boat and mooring will make sure you continue to enjoy them right through the winter. Protect your...
18 Oct 13
'Regatta Reflections' book by David Hickes
 Throughout our 2013 sailing regatta series, retired photographer and WMV boat owner David Hickes has kept us company, taking pictures of all the action as it unfolded.  He has captured some great images and has decided to put some of these, along with a few words, into a book.David has produced this as a one-off but will happily order more...
29 Sep 13
Final Regatta 2013
In contrast to our previous regatta in August, our final one of the series at the end of September was bathed in glorious sunshine.  Race Control took the wise decision to postpone the start for 10 minutes and then managed to set a great course as the wind filled in.Regatta start line. Picture by David HickesIt has been a great regatta series this year...
19 Aug 13
WMV Regatta 5, August 17th
The forecast leading up to Saturday predicted strong winds and torrential rain and it was right on queue for our start at 1330hrs.  The sailors were lashed with rain and strong winds making for an epic afternoon on the lake.  Diamond Edge and ValkyrieIt was a fantastic effort by everyone who turned out, including the OD boat Killara who set a...
14 Jul 13
WMV Regatta 4, 2013
Glorious sunshine, lovely breeze and plenty of boats out on the water to enjoy the 4th WMV Sailing Regatta of 2013.A great course was set by Race Control 'Aquaholic' in the South Lake and boats headed off the start line on time at 1330hrs.A lovely afternoon on the lake and some very close competition between the top few boats.  Results back at...
22 Jun 13
Fire Safety On Boats
Below are a few top tips on how to stay safe on your boat and help minimise the risk of a fire.  Boat fires do happen and can take hold very quickly.  Don't let this be your boat...Make sure appliances are installed and maintained by a trained fitter.Fit smoke alarms, carbon monoxide and gas detectors.Turn off fuel and gas supplies properly after...
16 Jun 13
WMV Regatta 3, 2013
Wow!  The 3rd WMV regatta of the season was a GREAT afternoon on the lake for the sailors!Strong winds, competitive sailing, a few dramas and some sunshine - what more could you ask for?! Possibly to not have the annoying Mastercraft getting in the way and causing an unwanted wash; but we did manage to get some great pictures.  Thanks as...
19 May 13
WMV Regatta 2, Saturday 18th May 2013
Despite the Met Office warning for heavy rain and no wind, the Marina Regatta went ahead and turned out to be a great afternoon. With only a few spots of rain and a gentle southerly breeze, the fleet had some excellent racing. Fast Forward had a great afternoon, leading from the start and for most of the race.  Diamond Edge came back in the final...
14 Apr 13
WMV Regatta number 1, 2013
The WMV Regatta Series got off to a cracking start on Saturday (March 13th).  The light northerly breeze of the morning swung around to the south and picked up ready for the 1.30pm start.  24 boats, 11 of them from WMV, made for a spectacular sight as they crossed the start line.Testing conditions made for a great afternoon and some ...
08 Apr 13
Boat Safety
The tragic deaths of a mother and daughter aboard a boat on Windermere over Easter have shocked and saddened all of us.  The boat was moored on a public jetty in Bowness and although not confirmed, it is suggested the cause of death may be from Carbon Monoxide poisoning.Carbon Monoxide (CO) is produced when fossil fuels, such as gas, LPG...
24 Mar 13
Boathouse Bar & Restaurant
 The Boathouse Bar & Restaurant at Windermere Marina Village opened it's doors yesterday (Saturday 23rd March). The brand new two-storey building is part of the latest development at WMV and is now open daily from 8.30am.  Not just for the residents and boat-owners at WMV, The Boathouse is also open to the general public.The Boathouse team...
15 Mar 13
Farewell Jonny
With the opening of the new bar and restaurant imminent, its time to say a fond farewell to Jonny who is serving up his last breakfasts this weekend.  Through sun, rain, wind and snow he has been there for us all and we will be sad to see him go.  Many thanks Jonny for doing such a great job!Jonny also wanted to thank...
23 Feb 13
The Boathouse Bar & Restaurant at WMV
 We are delighted to announce that ‘The Boathouse Bar and Restaurant’ on the edge of the marina will be opening for Easter.  We have secured a lease with local restaurateurs who until a few years ago were responsible for the very successful Queens Head Hotel at Troutbeck and currently The Grasmere Garden Centre.  Head Chef, Ben Ashworth, is...
07 Feb 13
Jonny's Grill
With February half-term holiday coming up next week, Jonny is opening up the Lakeside Grill for the week.  He is open Sunday - Sunday at the following times...Sunday 10th: 9am - 4pmMonday to Thursday: 9am - 2pmFriday and Saturday: 9am - 2pm and 6pm - 8pmSunday 17th: 9am - 2pmCall and see him (and us!) if you're up at the boat.
11 Jan 13
WMV Sailing Regatta 2013
2013 is here and we are raring to go with the now infamous WMV Sailing Regatta Series!Thanks to the Windermere Cruising Association we have more dates than ever for 2013 and are looking forward to perfect conditions for each one... We have 6 regattas, 4 of which will count towards the final results so get these dates in your diaries...Saturday...
20 Dec 12
Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas from all of us at WMV, we hope you have a fantastic Christmas and New Year!We will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day only, so if you are up at the boat we hope to see you.Jonny will be open for breakfast on Sunday 23rd December and Tuesday 1st January, 9 till 12 both days.Best Wishes...Dan and all the WMV Team.
05 Dec 12
Marina Jetty Work
As work on the new Bar & Restaurant continues, Jetties and Moorings are busy 'marina side' piling and decking the jetty towards the new buildings.  The works will include removing an old section of timber jetty and extending the floating jetty towards the perimeter (and generally making it all look tip-top again)....
23 Nov 12
Wet week in Windermere
It's been a wet week in the Lakes with lots of flooding and road closures throughout Cumbria.  Like the rest of the Country, Thursday was particularly bad and the lake level, having come up earlier in the week already, came up further again on Thursday and into Friday.  The Environment Agency seem to be doing a good job in helping to control the...
21 Nov 12
Windermere speed limit?
Whatever your views on it, the speed limit on Lake Windermere is still being debated.There is currently an e-petition that you can sign if you would like the Government to review the limit again and consider ideas such as... A variable speed limit depending on what area of the lake you are in  Designated watersports areas for waterskiing and...
01 Nov 12
Bonfire Weekend
If you're coming to the Marina over the weekend there are a few bonfires and fire work displays happening locally...Windermere and Bowness Fireworks displayMonday 5th November - Windermere Rugby Club Longlands Road gates open at 6pm bonfire lit at 6.45pm followed by fireworks display Monday 5th November – Bonfire Night extravaganza at Lindeth Howe Food and...
30 Sep 12
Final WMV regatta of the 2012 season
It's been a great regatta series this year and the final outing didn't disappoint with fresh winds and plenty of boats on the start line.Bliss have led the way this year and took the win again with a close battle for the next few places on the overall leader board.Overall results for 2012 (with 3 of the 5 regattas to count) as follows...BlissSloe...
10 Sep 12
Jonny's Grill
With the prospect of a quiet few months ahead for the Lakeside Grill, Jonny has had to take the decision to shut-up-shop during the week.From the week commencing September 17th he will be open on Sunday's only, from 9am to 4pm.Jonny would like to thank everyone for their support over the summer and hopes his customers understand his decision now...
09 Sep 12
WMV Regatta 4
The 4th WMV regatta took place on Saturday 8th September in the South Lake.  A good number of boats took to the start line and the wind was filling in nicely from the southwest when the horn blew.Bliss got off to a great start and managed to stay ahead of the fleet to take the win, despite the dropping wind and lake weed which managed to cause problems...
29 Aug 12
Jonny's Lakeside Grill
As we head for September, Jonny is reducing his hours a bit at the Lakeside Grill.  As from Monday 3rd September he will be open Thursday - Sunday only, as follows:Thursday: 9am - 2pmFriday: 9am - 2pm and 6pm - 8pmSaturday: 9am - 2pm and 6pm - 8pmSunday: 9am - 4pm Meanwhile, work on the new bar and restaurant continues.  This is the...
07 Aug 12
Keep it locked
With the Lake Wardens and Rangers reporting a spate of RIB's and tenders being taken over the last couple of weeks, we are advising everyone to keep theirs secure. The boats have been taken from various locations around the lake, used and then left elsewhere.  So far they have always been recovered.We are keeping our eyes peeled for anything...