|Drascombes gather at Potter Heigham for elevenses|
|24.4nm Overture: red (Sunday 18th September); Symphony: green (Saturday 24th September); Encore: yellow (Sunday 25th September)|
|Daisy II moored at Hickling awaiting the following week's rally|
By arrangement, Daisy II spent the week moored on the staithe adjacent to the very conveniently located Pleasureboat Inn.
The previous time we rallied here with 25 boats. This time, 8 boats gathered for a rather less busy but no less enjoyable event. The participating boats were:
Drascombe Driver: On y va
Drascombe Lugger: Rita May
Drascombe Longboat: Jenny Morgan
Drascombe Coasters: Daisy II, Blue Peter, Dottie Two
Drascombe Drifter: Damson
Winkle Brig: Cockle
The weather for this event was, as might be predicted for one of my rallies, rather testing and this made action shots almost impossible. In addition, the lens on my camera phone was dirty so most of the fare on this blog entry is pretty poor, even by my standards. However, Peter Waller, as ever managed some great shots which ended up on this thread on the Drascombe forum.
Symphony: Saturday 24th September
The main day always involves a return trip to Horsey Mere. Winds were southerly F5 gusting F6, so this was a day for reefing. Nonetheless, it was quite remarkable how well our boats stood up to the conditions.
|Blue Peter guarding against F6 gusts with jib and mizzen on Hickling Broad|
|On y va, a Drascombe Driver - happy family preparing for sailing on Hickling Broad|
|Lugger Rita May and Winkle Brig Cockle easing along Meadow Dyke before it opens into Horsey Mere|
|Drifter Damson reaching across Horsey Mere|
|Cockle on Horsey Mere|
|Coaster Dottie Two running back to base across Hickling Broad|
After lunch, we returned to Hickling. Daisy II had picked up crew in the form of the in-laws!
That evening, a welcome supper was enjoyed in the pub.
Encore - Sunday 25th September
Plans for the Sunday always depend on who needs to travel where. Dottie Two left at 7am, returning to moorings in the Stalham area.
|Drifter Damson with lowered mast ready for the bridge at Potter Heigham|
|There are some delightful riverside properties - I attempted a clever reflection picture but without a great deal of success. That's Daisy II in the living room!|