|High and dry: dawn in Pyefleet Channel|
|Stationary for 100 minutes, but safer than the motorcyclist, a few hundred yards up the road, who the emergency services had to peel off the road.|
The 150 minute delay meant that I had missed the tide and, indeed, almost missed the chance to launch altogether, rush-launching the boat an hour before LW at the muddy end of the slipway, doing the remainder of the rigging whilst afloat. Finally, I was ready for a sail.
|Finally launched after a disappointingly dramatic journey.|
I had intended to slip up The Wallet to the Walton Backwaters, but had missed the tide, so opted, instead, for a more leisurely sail across to a calm anchorage in Pyefleet, returning with the tide the following morning.
|Mersea Island's battered sea defences|
The other relief on this trip is that the outboard, which on the previous Broads trip had developed a marginally worrying rattle, seems to be working fine - which suggests my theory was correct - that the rattle could have been some object stored elsewhere on the boat. Will continue to monitor...
|White track: June 23rd Bradwell Marina to Pyefleet. 11.1nm. Red track: return trip: 9.4nm|