Tuesday 11 August 2020

The last post

With some sadness, but much pleasure, the news is that Daisy II is sold and will be spending the next phase of her sailing life in Northern Ireland.  So, this is truly the final post on this particular blog.  We had a wonderful 13 years together and it's great to know that she will be sailing on!

It has been a pleasure being a part of the Drascombe fraternity - perhaps I'll own another one some day.

From a personal perspective, the much better news is that Daisy III has been stretching her sea legs this summer - these exploits are now being recorded on the Daisy III blog.

Saturday 3 August 2019

The end of an era...

...sadly, I'll be selling Daisy II.  This is because I'm in the process of buying Daisy III, a Bay Cruiser 20, built in 2013, from the Swallow Yachts stable, similar to the one in the image below.

It's all a bit unexpected: one cannot pick and choose when such boats come on the market.  The new boat is one I've had my eye on for some time and it was just a case of waiting for the right one to come up at the right price. 

In due course, a new blog will commence detailing continuing sailing adventures in the new boat.  No doubt, that blog will include details of the reasons for the change.  In the meantime, the next post on here will contain sales details of Daisy II for anyone who may be interested in acquiring her.

Sunday 30 June 2019

Wells next the sea rally

Sunrise over 'Bob Hall's Sand'
I've attended the Wells rally three times now.  On the previous two occasions, the locals tried to organise an expedition down the coast, overnighting and returning on the next tide.  Unfortunately, conditions are key to pulling this off and luck wasn't on our side.
This time, it all came together...

Dawn on Saturday 29th

I rose at the crack of dawn to make use of the early flood tide.  There was no wind, but the scenery was stunning, particularly as the sun rose.

West cardinal
After reaching the west cardinal, I motored back to port.

We had berths alongside a new (to me) jetty
On the afternoon tide, we sailed west to Scolt Head island, at the entrance to of the channel to Burnham Overy.  Winds were SSE F4.  The tide along the North Norfolk coast habitually runs east from a couple of hours before HW, so we were reaching against this, but still making around 4kts.

Reaching Scolt Head Island, we anchored and played in the glorious late afternoon sunshine, waiting for the tide to drop before taking the beach.

Anchorage off Scott Head Island
Swimming between Drascombes
Daisy II beginning to settle, unfortunately with her head down the sloping bank
Beached Drascombes
The evening was spent in good company, aboard Salford, one of the boats from the Coastal Exploration Company.  Here, a rather reluctant fire was slowly cooking sausages whilst participating skippers and crew drank grog.
Our leader, Peter, had organised the charter of Salford, one of the boats from the Coastal Exploration company.  https://coastalexplorationcompany.co.uk/about/#boats

Early the following morning, we left at sunrise, taking the return tide to Wells.  Winds had freshened to F5 W, daunting at first, but perfect for the return trip.
Rita Mae enjoying the action on the return trip, Salford just visible on the horizon

Return to Wells

Reaching port

Yellow track: early morning tide, 29th June, 5,8nm;
red track: afternoon trip to Scolt Head Island, 6.8nm;
green track: return trip to Wells next the sea, early tide on 30th June, 5.5nm.
Altogether, 18.1 nm.

Sunday 16 June 2019

Orwell to Walton Backwaters 15-16 June

Moonlight over Horsey Mere
A spare weekend, and an opportunity to pop down to the coast for a one-nighter.  
Launched at Woolverstone, and mostly motored over to the Backwaters almost directly into a fresh Southerly F5/6 blow.

Seals in Kirby Creek
Sanctuary in the Backwaters was found up Kirby Creek, trying not to disturb the local wildlife, including a colony of seals a little further upstream.  Conditions in Landermere Creek were too windy, but there is always more shelter to be found somewhere.

Wind over tide, departing from Hamford Water
The reward for motoring all that way was a delightful return sail with the wind behind me almost the entire way.  I left the Backwaters on the fresh flood, and sailed across Dovercourt Bay in increasingly lumpy conditions, reaching the safety of Harwich harbour before the forecast winds of 20mph arrived.

Thames barges moored on the River Orwell
Back in the Orwell, a reach past Pin Mill as always presented plenty of boats to admire.

New rope clutch replacing the previous cleats.  Still some tidying up to do.
The latest modification is a rope clutch for three halyards, replacing the two cleats that used to be there.  Works well.

White track, Saturday 15th June, 14.3nm; Red track, Sunday 16th June 16.4nm; Total length 30.7nm