|Red track: 27th August; yellow track 28th August; 37.3nm with tide-assisted top speed 7.1kts|
Weather has also played its part, so the past few days have presented, realistically, the last opportunity of the summer holidays for an overnight stop.
Wednesday 27th August - winds E/NE F4.
Arriving later than planned at the mooring, I motored against wind and tide out of the Orwell, raising the main at Collimer Point. I switched off the motor off Shotley Point and had a run with the last 90 minutes of the flood up the Stour. Around HW, I turned, just off Mistley, and tacked back downstream with the ebb, turning the corner off Harwich crossing safely in front of the arriving evening ferry. There was then the exciting prospect of a glorious reach across Dovercourt Bay into Landermere Creek for the night.
Thursday 28th August - winds SW F3/4.
After morning rain had cleared, I had a clear run, initially against the flood, back across to Harwich before picking up the remaining flood with a wonderful reach across Harwich Harbour and into the Orwell, where a top speed of 7.1kts was managed with flood. Turning at Collimer Point, the final stretch up the Orwell was a close reach.
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