|A quiet bank holiday Monday anchorage off Iken Cliff on the River Alde, just short of Snape (day 2)|
Day 1, Sunday 24th May: Orwell to Deben
I left the mooring at 1330 heading downstream with the intention of setting out to sea, towards the Deben. Winds in Harwich harbour were easterly and touching F4 leading to quite loppy seas. So I decided to run with the tide down the Stour waiting for conditions to improve. Winds duly abated and I turned back under motor, using the beginning ebb, back through Harwich harbour, cutting the corner at Landguard Point and then setting sail towards the Deben. The sea state had much improved by the time I reached Woodbridge Haven.
|Anchorage on the Deben at Bowships Reach|
|Woodbridge once again!|
Following a pleasant coffee aboard a Cape Cutter - splendid boats, perhaps more to write about these another time - I needed to press on with the day's objective which was to reach Orford Haven in time to use the flood up to Snape.
|Good facilities at Felixstowe Ferry|
|View back towards Iken Church, overseeing the ominously named 'Troublesome Reach'|
|Further view of Iken Cliffs|
Today, it transpired that Daisy II put to the test that notion of sailing all day, without a single break. Just how far can a Drascombe coaster go? Here's an answer:
Winds gradually abated so that, at a point short of Mistley, a few hours short of HW, I found myself drifting upstream under the power of the tide alone. There still wasn't quite the depth to plough on to Manningtree, except along the channel along Mistley Quay. I didn't fancy this, so turned back downstream, initially against the flood. Eventually, the easterly breeze picked up and I had a wonderful long beat back towards Harwich harbour. Off Parkeston Quay, I realised that it would require a night sail and some stamina to continue sailing to the Backwaters. I had also experienced trouble during the day with the outboard being very reluctant to start. I have a feeling it may be a carburettor issue. So, an 'Italian tune-up' seemed a good idea. Make or break!
|Returning past Harwich Lifeboat Station, Lucy Lavers was seen mixing with the new boats!|
Day 4, Wednesday 27th May: return to mooring
|Sunday (yellow), Monday (red), Tuesday (green), Wednesday (white). 116.2nm|