Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Norfolk Broads

We launched at the Waveney Centre, leaving the car and trailer there. It seems quite secure and there is plenty of space. There are toilets, showers, shop and pub, they also sell short visit licences. At low tide (yes there is some) the slip can be slippery but fine to use. A short sail took us round to Oulton Broad, where we were guests of the yacht club, good pontoons and welcome in the bar. The aim of the trip was to sail out of Lowestoft, head north along the coast to Great Yamouth and re-enter the Broads at Braydon Water.

Saturday morning we took the masts down and went through  Mutford Lock. There are three bridges before reaching Lowestoft outer harbour, where there is a floating pontoon on the north side, which is ideal for raising masts. However, it was covered in bird "pooh".

The timing to enter Great Yarmouth is important and even approaching low tide on neaps, there was still quite a strong flow out of the river mouth.

 It had been arranged for the bridge in Great Yarmouth to be raised at low water (this needs to be booked in advance) and waited for 30 minutes against the harbour wall. Not a great place for a longer period.

Once through the first bridge there is second one, which will also lift on request, this took us into Braydon Water and onto Reedham.

Hardley Drainage Mill, where there some good quality floating pontoons

Heading south on the Waveney from Burgh Castle

Moored at St. Olaves, to take the mast down. There is not a lot of room here and a couple of big motor cruisers could fill up the space. Once under the bridge there is a stretch owned by the pub, where the mast was raised. Both sides of the bridge are some private moorings and marina. About a further mile up the Waveney are Herringfleet Moorings, followed by Somerleyton, where there is a swing railway bridge. This is like the one at Reedham and both will open on request when called on VHF ch12.

Monday, 7 May 2018

Small Boat Muster

The annual Small Boat Muster is one of the highlights of the year. More than just a sailing event, the adventure starts with the ferry crossing. I'm sure the ferry operators must think "why don't they sail there?" This year we were blessed with gorgeous weather on all four days. Someone had obviously "booked" it well in advance. 




Monday, 30 April 2018

The north has fine weather

While the SE of the country suffered from wind and rain, the Lake District experienced a few days of calm and even some sunshine. The wind did pick up at several points and we did need the occasional reef.

Yes - I am cooking dinner