Thursday, 30 June 2011
No track today, but some photos. Arrived at the boat with Sally, Gilly, Mark & Kris, only to find that the lock mechanism to the cabin had broken, leaving us locked out. We still managed a sail, though but I was unable to access any electrics. I would guess at about 5nm. The inshore forecast was F5-7, gusting F8 at first. As with yesterday, things weren't that bad up the Orwell, and we motored our way up towards the Orwell bridge for a bite of lunch, and then, with reefed main jib and mizzen, we had a splendid run downstream almost as far as Levington. Winds were very variable, and the gusts needed careful handling. Must have hit speeds of at least 6 knots - pity there was no GPS to prove it. Then motored back to base, and had a pleasant birthday meal in honour of the Captain, in the Butt & Oyster.
|Captain's wife makes a rare but welcome appearance|
|motoring back to the mooring|
|view of Butt & Oyster spoilt by some bloke in the foreground...|
|the closest I'll ever get to a trapeze!|
Wednesday, 29 June 2011
|10.4nm, 195.2 nm total|
This was a day for jib and mizzen, both with a roll in... Left home at about 4am, and cast off from the mooring soon after 6am, and had the run of the river for a while!
Made my way down to Harwich harbour, and then worked my way back up to base, dodging various charging fleets of racing yachts, and anchoring on the west shore for a while.
Saturday, 11 June 2011
|20.2nm, Season's total 184.8nm|
|Pin Mill Sailing Club Smack Race|
|Good to see her afloat|
|Gipsy Moth IV|
Sir Francis Chichester's book about his voyage around the world was a great read. Amazing to think of this wonderful yacht sailing the Southern Ocean, and rounding Cape Horn.
In real life, she looked smaller than I had imagined. The last time I had seen her, she was in 'permanent' dry dock alongside the Cutty Sark at Greenwich.
It is so good to see her afloat again...
Interestingly, in his book, Chichester spent much of the pre-voyage trials moaning about the boat, and had serious reservations about her design. She is still an iconic sailing vessel.
Sunday, 5 June 2011
|23.4nm, Total 164.3nm|
A Wednesday jaunt down to Trinity terminal was followed by a more extensive Thursday sail in Harwich harbour...
|Landguard fort, plus latest extension to Felixstowe Docks|