Monday, 22 April 2019
Wednesday, 17 April 2019
|Back on the water. This is the Blackwater with F5, gusting F6 easterly winds. So, going upstream against the tide, the jib worked well enough.|
Daisy II has been quiet for several months, but things have been happening and, at last, it was good to be back on the water.
|Monday 15th April - White track (6.7nm); Tuesday 16th April - red track (30.9nm); Wednesday 17th April (9.0nm). Total track length 46.6nm|
I've been having issues getting the Garmin software to work with Google Maps. The above is a compromise for now, whilst working a better way round the various barriers which seem to be in the way.
Monday 15th April. Launched at Bradwell Marina. Winds F5/6 easterly. Tide receding. Left the Marina at noon, mid-tide, set full jib and worked a way upstream. Conditions were awkward with big 'wind-over-tide' waves midstream. Stuck to the edges of the channel where the water was calmer. Worked upstream to Lawling Creek for anchorage.
Tuesday 16th April. Winds F3/4 easterly backing north-easterly. Took the tide down to Heybridge and then turned with the fresh ebb to work downstream. Lunch at anchor off Bradwell Power Station. The seas had calmed down sufficiently to sail across to the Colne for evening anchorage in Pyefleet Channel.
Wednesday 17th April. Becalmed. Motored back to Bradwell Marina, pulling the boat out at 12 noon.
|Daisy II waiting patiently on the jetty at Bradwell Marina|
Bradwell Marina continues to offer an excellent slipway, and remains a great place from which to cruise this wonderful sailing area.
|So much better than the oval windows on other Drascombe coasters|
|Sunset on Pyefleet|