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The 2019 NRSC East Coast Cruise (Report by John Blackburne)
Excellent passage planning by the President saw Strega, Quartet, Cho Cho San, Déjà Vu, Freya and St Helen assembled at the pontoon upstream from Yarmouth early morning on 6th July. With LW at Gorleston at 07:00 we raised our masts in the harbour and motored into the embrace of the North Sea. A F2-3 NW pushed us gently to Lowestoft, where all but St Helen passed under the bridge and joined New Horizons for some fine hospitality at the Lowestoft Cruising Club.
St Helen sailed on to Southwold arriving before rain set in for fish and chips at the Harbour Inn (see pix), motoring out next morning at LW with 1.8m over the bar. The main fleet exited Lowestoft and all enjoyed a good sail, arriving at Shotley lock as planned at HW. With winds and weather favourable on Monday, we left Shotley at 09:30 and in a F2-3 sailed to Bradwell on the Blackwater. As elsewhere this year, the marina was quite full, but we rafted up and enjoyed St Helen’s maritime quiz, won by New Horizons, after which some walked to the 7thC St Peter’s Chapel. The wind picked up after lunch on Tuesday and, after good sailing up and down the wide river past Radio Caroline anchored midstream (see pix), we entered Tollesbury, with its concrete bar only navigable at HW. The fleet spent a day there but St Helen explored the Colne up to historic Wivenhoe, stopping twice to allow the flood to lift her off the mud, and then back to Brightlingsea for the new moorings there.
On Thursday 11th July the main fleet left Tollesbury at HW and had a good sail in a SW F3-4 to Titchmarsh, St Helen joining the fleet near Clacton pier. On Friday a brisk F4-5 gave us all a good reach out of Titchmarsh and up to Woolverstone Marina for the night, with a fine meal and live music in the restaurant. Saturday was, as usual, an opportunity for some crew changes and we took moorings in Ipswich dock, and had an enjoyable evening meal organised by Quartet.
Many spent the afternoon watching Wimbledon Mens and Cricket World Cup finals, made yet more exciting by the fact that some listened to radio, 40 seconds ahead of those watching on tablet. Ipswich marina is still recovering! Two nights followed at Suffolk Yacht Harbour with a sail for some up the Stour to lunch on a buoy. With stronger winds and rain due, we decided to head north on Wednesday 17th July. With HW Orford lighthouse at 12:00, leaving at 07:00 saw us pushing the tide for 5 hours, but the ebb helped us the rest of the way, most of the fleet to Lowestoft, while St Helen and Cho Cho San sailed on to Yarmouth and home. We were lucky with fine weather, not too hot, fair wind and excellent company with chat and refreshments on a different yacht most evenings.
After a fine meal at the EGM the President, Nigel Wordingham, presented Life Membership to founder members Roy and Maureen Carpenter and thanked them most warmly for their long-term support to the Club.