Tuesday, 10 April 2018
Things have been dormant on here over winter. Finally, I've managed to launch and have some fun, albeit on a cold, damp, and mostly murky few days on and around the Orwell. Rather than post pictures here, it has all been put in a youtube video. Here's to great sailing in 2018...!
Sunday, 5 November 2017
Sunday, 29 October 2017
|Back to Harwich|
|Full track for both days, 31.2nm|
Between other commitments and howling gales, the weather cleared and I launched at Woolverstone for what has turned out to be the final coastal sail of the season. There may be opportunities for a day trip to somewhere like Rutland Water later next month. We shall have to see! However, the engine is now at Seamark Nunn for winter storage and servicing - expensive but worth it if, like me, one has little understanding of the workings of the infernal (sic.) combustion engine...
|October 26th, trip from Woolverstone to Walton Backwaters, 10.2nm|
|Halfpenny Pier. It's never accessible during the summer, and it is so good to have it all to one's self during the off-season.|
|Walton Channel to Halfpenny Pier - 6.9nm|
|Drilling jack, Paragon B391 at Harwich docks|
|Felixstowe was its usual, busy self.|
|Afternoon track - return to Woolverstone, 14.2nm|
Wednesday, 4 October 2017
|Drascombes gathered on Saturday morning at Waveney River Centre|
Nine boats, fourteen sailors and another Broads rally, the eighth edition in as many recent years and a welcome return to the River Waveney.
Participating boats were:
Luggers: Rita May, Little Egret, Duchess, Jimbo
Longboat: Jenny Morgan
Coasters: Spindrift, Kathleen, Prawnpipe, Daisy II
|Wooden lugger Rita May|
|Departure from Waveney River Centre|
Weather conditions were overcast with light winds. Often, tree-lined banks shielded our low rigs from the wind so, as often is the case on the Broads, it was a frustrating process. However, on Saturday we had the gentle tide in our favour and boats managed to sail a fair proportion of the way.
|Coaster Kathleen proving a point by sailing all the way!|
|Ready to pass under the bridges at Beccles|
|Arrival at Geldeston|
|Drascombes rafted at Geldeston|
|Breakfast at Geldeston Locks|
|Luggers Little Egret and Duchess sharing power|
|Sunday morning stop at Beccles; we're between the two bridges and so all masts currently dropped.|
|Sailing east from Beccles until the wind dropped.|
On the return trip back to base, winds were mostly on the nose so I motored on past the Waveney River Centre. Reaching Oulton Broad, I set sail beating across the larger expanse of water before sailing with the wind back to the slipway at WRC. This made for a pleasant sailing coda to the weekend.