|Sunrise over Trinity Terminal docks|
|44.1nm. Red track: Wednesday; White track: Thursday; Green track: Friday|
|'Slippery' way at Woolverstone Marina|
There was no particular cruising plan this week - just a desire to drift with wind and tide. Morning tides meant that much of the cruise involved sailing downstream. Today, this involved sailing into Harwich harbour, the first of two visits to Halfpenny Pier in Old Harwich and then a trip across Dovercourt Bay to Hamford Water - an ever-splendid destination!
|Calm conditions in the Orwell|
|The first of two visits to Halfpenny Pier, Old Harwich|
Thursday 27th October - Landermere Creek, River Stour, return to the Orwell
Cruises at this time of the year are necessarily curtailed by a shortage of daylight hours, unless one is inclined to sail at night. I took the daylight option, making good use of the darkness for sleeping! It also helps to have some programmes downloaded on BBC's iPlayer!
The day began with a trip up to Beaumont Quay, making good use of the remainder of the flood. I then returned to Harwich for an early lunch at Halfpenny Pier - it makes sense to enjoy this location at this time of the year since it's always far too busy and inaccessible in season.
After lunch, I spent some time beating against both a fickle wind and more predictably solid tide up the Stour before giving up on the wind and resorting to motor for a trip up to Holbrooke. A glorious return run with the last of the ebb was the reward, prior to anchoring in the Orwell opposite Trinity Terminal docks.
|Commercial traffic on the Orwell|
Friday 28th October - Orwell cruise
Friday began with a glorious sunrise (pictured above). I needed to pull the boat out at Woolverstone at HW (11am). So, the westerly breeze gave me a chance to beat up the Orwell, and enjoy a brief trip past Freston before returning to Woolverstone. It was great to see Dave in his now much modified coaster Pamela. His latest additions are metal mast and spars, and a lovely staysail inside the jib. It's great to see another skipper enjoying the almost limitless sail and rigging possibilities afforded by these brilliant boats.
|Coaster Pamela looking resplendent with its much changed rig.|
And so ended another cruise, most likely the final trip of the season. The outboard motor is now safely stowed at Seamark Nunn. I may well trip over to Rutland Water if time and conditions allow. Let's hope they do...!