|Free at last...(from term time...)|
On Wednesday, the boss let us out at lunchtime and, by 4.30pm, I was at Pin Mill, rowing to the boat with 40 litres of freshly filled water cans, a 5 litre top up can of petrol and sufficient equipment and provisions for an overnight stop somewhere. In truth, the water and fuel is in preparation for the big cruise starting on Monday. It also acts as ballast in that I arrange the water on the cabin floor around the centre case; it certainly helps stiffen up the boat given that I usually sail single-handed.
Winds were NE F4 and, as is often the case, I began tentatively. Using jib and mizzen I sailed close-hauled, against the flood and initially with the outboard ticking over, down the Orwell. I switched off the outboard opposite Levington and it wasn't troubled again for the entire trip. Sailing around Shotley point the tide was now in my favour as Daisy II reached up the Stour. One can be certain that jib and mizzen will do when speed tops out at 6.5kts in such conditions.
In winds of this direction, I calculated correctly on a smoothish night at anchor in Holbrook bay close to the eastern side.
|Sunset over Holbrook School|
|Unidentified Drascombe (sailing too fast for me to catch up...)!|
|Tall ship with copious rope!|
|20.1nm, top speed 6.5kts|