|Rocna 6 doing its job!|
|28-30th May; Rivers Orwell, Stour and Walton Backwaters: 52.0nm|
Woolverstone Marina did their best to make life unpleasant. Apparently, it isn't allowable to launch from there and then return three days later - one can only do day trips. When questioned about this, the gentleman offered no explanation but merely repeated that it wasn't allowed. I'd like to abide by the rules, but wasn't being helped on this occasion. Maybe I should launch over at Titchmarsh where they are far more welcoming. It's a shame, because Woolverstone for me is the most convenient albeit rather pricey option.
Once Daisy II was set up, I sailed with the ebb against the SE breeze out of the Orwell and into Harwich harbour. Somewhere off Harwich shelf, the breeze diminished so the engine was employed for the trip across Pennyhole Bay to Landermere Creek in the Walton Backwaters.
The forecast was for thunderstorms and some wind. After dark, the wind turned into a NE, so I moved anchorage further on round the corner, in the lea of Skipper Island. That night, I was awoken by lashing rain, thunder and lightning and a flogging mainsail which I carelessly hadn't lashed down sufficiently well. You live and learn. This was not a comfortable night at anchor...
On departing the next morning, another yacht had dragged its anchor from Hamford Water and ended up aground against Skipper Island - and had to wait until HW in the afternoon to refloat.
|Storm clouds gathering over Felixstowe|
|28th May: River Orwell to Walton Backwaters: 17.1nm|
|Daisy II waiting patiently off Sutton Ness on the River Stour. Note the new oars.|
|View towards Wrabness|
|Three other Drascombes came out to play: this Dabber, a lugger pictured above and a Drifter which is moored at Wrabness but which I didn't manage to picture.|
|River Stour: 32.5nm|
|Anchored (at this point dried out) for the night off Colton Creek on the River Orwell|
Rising at 4am, I had to return to Woolverstone to pull out before water left the slip. By 7.30am, I was towing Daisy II on her trailer, out of the marina for the long trip home.
|30th May: return to base; 2.4nm|