Thursday 31st March - launch at Bradwell Marina, trip to Osea Island
Being unencumbered by a mooring this season, different launching venues beckon, so it was good to visit Bradwell Marina for the first time since 2011. It is pleasing to see that little has changed.
|The slipway at Bradwell Marina|
|Cruising in March - a first for Daisy II|
|Launching at Bradwell Marina, a quiet sail to Osea under jib and mizzen drying out close to the south western shore of this delightful island.|
|Unable to distinguish between sea and sky!|
|A panoramic view under way!|
|The fog finally clears|
|Rowhedge - a welcoming visitor's jetty. The two hour limit is sufficient to visit the local amenities. Neighbouring Wivenhoe could learn something from this.|
I motored out of the Colne in steep pitched 'wind over tide' waves. Then set sail bound for Maldon. On the way, knowing that I needed to wait for the tide to reach the head of the Blackwater, I called in to Lawling Creek.
|Seals along Lawling Creek|
I've not had a huge degree of success in the past reaching Maldon. Today, I sailed in under jib alone - the tide was still 2.5 hours before HW and I wasn't sure of depth. Today wasn't for stopping although it looks like an interesting place so I will call in again for a longer visit.
Finally, Osea beckoned, as explained in the opening photograph in this posting.
|Pyefleet to Brightlingsea, then out of the Colne, up the Blackwater, via Lawling Creek to Maldon, finally retiring to the west side of Osea.|
|Dried out off Osea|
|Sunrise over Osea|
|From Osea, to Heybridge finally returning to Bradwell|
|72.5nm, top speed 7.2kts (with tide!)|