Cruising Activities at RHYC
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CiC Reports for 2018
Titchmarsh 5th and 6th October
Orford 25th to 27th August
Simon Harrison did a phenonemal amount of work organising Keld,Spree Three,Windrush,Folie Douce,East Wind,Mayfly II,and Infinity to have a three day week end in Orford and Aldeburgh. Eating arrangements over the week end,organising anchorages and moorings,as well as arranging private water taxis were all done with constant communication amongst the participants. It seemed quite intensive to the mere participant but unfortunately the weather on the sunday was due to be horrendous and all thought anchoring in a force
7 southerley gusting 8 was untenable or ill advised let alone a passage home for some.
Plan B or C came into action at the friday night supper in the club and 4 boats-Keld,Spree Three,East Wind,and Windrush decided to sail around Rough Tower via South Cork Sands and have a Safari supper in Shotley Marina. All boats had a most enjoyable sail in a force3/4 westerly and got safely locked into Shotley with all 4 boats together. We were joined by Simon Quantrill on Serenity at this stage.The supper on each boat was magnificent and Heidi Seary was DJ for later singing.
On the Sunday morning the wind was already building and a fast genoa reach took the fleet back up to Woolverstone arriving 30 minutes before the rain set in. Despite the forecast and changed arrangements we managed to salvage a very convivial 2 day trip.
Clacton Air Show - 23rd August
Holland - 21st July
The main fleet (Windrush, Spree Three, East Wind, Keld) left early Saturday morning 21 July – Colombine having dropped lines
straight after supper on Friday evening – headed for Blankenberghe, all arriving within 30 minutes of each other – true cruise
in company. Having taken in the excellent Ghent festival on Sunday, we re-convened in Zierekzee on the Tuesday to hand over
the Pink Cake Trophy to Nickel Van Dorm of the Royal Maas with a pontoon drinks party and dinner – being joined by Bram Van
der Have on Athina and Michael Abrahams on Fyrklover VIII. Leo and Saren Bloor insisted that Mum & Dad stuck with the
rest of the fleet and we then all progressed northwards via Marina Zelande, Arcipel Island, Bruinisse, (East Wind doing 7.7
knots under bare poles at one stage up the Volgerak!) Willemstad, Middelharnis (where joined by Folie Douce) An exciting
race was organised between Middelharnis and final destination Hellevoetsluis with Folie Douce winning on corrected time from
East Wind who took line honours, by a minute! The return leg from Stellendam at least saw some sailing for the second half.
Barbeques, a couple of dinners, and a lot of fun had by all. To be repeated next year but hopefully going further north.
Woodbridge Tidemill Marina - 14/15th July
Southern Broads - Friday 15th June
We then sailed/motored to Beccles and had a very pleasant time there and the following day we did sail to Somerleyton. Our intention was then to go to Yarmouth and sail up to Norwich but the Haven Bridge was inoperable. We therefore left the Broads and experienced a very nice northerly to take us to Southwold where we met up with Nigel Thomson on board Islay. We had a walk into Waldringfield and had a pleasant meal at the Anchor The following day we attempted to sail to Orford but the SW F5 on the nose meant that we could not reach the Orford Bar in time and sense dictated returning to Southwold with another night in Southwold!d we experienced a pleasant sail to Lowestoft on a beam reach. We had to get up early the following day to pass through the Bascule bridge at 7am and moored up for a leisurely breakfast before proceeding into Mutford Lock.
Titchmarsh Marina - Saturday 30th June
There was a breeze and a forecast of more later. Just four boats departed at 1000 from Woolverstone and motored against the flood. Some sails appeared in Lower Reach then we had that funny, annoying passage through the harbour with one moment no wind then next a gust. Too many big container ships! However, there was a decent wind as we approached Dovercourt Bay, enough to drop our mainsails and just carry a genoa, thus making life easy, my way of sailing, ready for that lovely dogleg at Stone Point.
There were gusts of 25 knots and the passage very bumpy which was not to the liking of my daughter. She says she had too many scares with with me when she was a child! Could that be possible? Julia had come with her two children believing we were just going up the Stour. “Never again,’ she said and had
her sister collect them on Sunday morning by car.
It was too blowy to anchor at Stone Point so our intentions of swimming from the beach were thwarted. Three of the boats took a mooring in the Walton Channel for lunch and to relax in the sun. The children swam off the boat.
Taking our berths was tricky due to the strength of the wind and help from the pontoon was very welcome.
A few drinks on Dream Machine then off to the barbecue area where we shared our ‘disposables’ to cook and eat al fresco. We had a very enjoyable couple of hours and made a pleasant change from eating in the restaurant. This is cruise in company at its best when we all socialise and get to know other fellow club members. My daughter did enjoy this part of the weekend!
Sunday morning’s wind was not as bad as the day before so the usual plod along the Pye Channel into the northeasterly was ok.
Dream Machine Peter and Sally with Julia, Miles and Phoebe
Reflection Simon and Julie
Sekhmet Stephen and Sally
River Blackwater - Midweek Cruise - June 6th and 7th
We all met up in the club for drinks on the lawn and enjoyed a most convivial supper.
West Mersea - Saturday 19th May
Burnham-on-Crouch - Saturday 5th - 7th May
Weren’t we lucky with the weather! Three days of misty dawns, beautiful sunshine, gentle winds from the north east and flat seas. Ten boats took part:
- Folie Douce with Simon and Georgette Harrison
- Spree 3 with Marcus and Caroline Bucknall plus Peter and Heather Paterson
- Dream Machine with Peter and Sally Wright
- Islay with Nigel and Penny Thomson
- Keld with Mark and Lily Benbow
- Eastwind with Nigel and Heidi Seary
- Windrush with Allan Jones and Graham
- Serenity with Simon Quantrill and Ian and Lindsay Perrett
- Aquilla with Jim Dixon sailing single handed
- Marguerite with Charles Nisbet and Michael Williams
Most of us attended the entertaining and enjoyable cheese and wine evening at the Club on the Friday night and then set off at a civilised hour on Saturday. The wind was very light to start with, but picked up to about f3 after the Naze, enough for those with colourful foresails but too little for the rest of us who continued to motor sail gently. All boats sensibly opted for the Spitway route except for Marguerite who scraped through the Ray Sands Channel. We all reached Burnham Yacht Harbour in good time and gathered for drinks onboard Spree 3 and Windrush – many thanks to our hosts – before progressing to the Swallowtail restaurant for dinner.
Islay and Windrush returned to the RHYC on Sunday, which was a day of rest and relaxation for most, of cooking and baking for others, and the opportunity for a little exploring by a select group of men whose wives wanted some peace and quiet and sent them to join Marguerite:
This intrepid band sailed under genoa alone up the shallowing River Roach, passing Paglesham where Darwin’s HMS Beagle is said to have been broken up, until finally running out of water in sight of Rochford at the limit of navigation. They turned with some difficulty and then motored back to Burnham. The highlight of the day was a most enjoyable safari supper which Heidi had organised – many thanks indeed to her and to all the hosts for the evening.
Sunday dawned slightly misty and completely calm:
All boats left around 6 a.m. and motored to the Spitway, by which time the wind had risen to f3, allowing those which could point high to sail along the Wallet while the others had to wait until rounding the Naze before they could switch off their engines. Everyone returned safely to their berths having enjoyed an easy, undemanding cruise.
Maylandsea Blackwater - Tuesday 24th - Thursday 26th April
The forecast was not encouraging for a trip down the Wallet to the Blackwater with SW 4 to 5 increasing 6 at times and a wind against tide chop expected. However six yachts with eleven hardy crews assembled at RHYC on Tuesday morning for a final briefing. We all departed before lunch and motorsailed and sailed towards Felixstowe and on around the Naze with some tacking looking for the start of the flood tide.
The F5 and F6 did not appear until we reached the Blackwater and we mostly furled genoas and motored into the sharp chop with gusts of over 30 knots. Folie Douce at that point found the lure of shelter in Bradwell too great to resist and succumbed. The other nine hardy souls battled on and reached the entrance to Lawling Creek two hours before high water neaps. At first the channel is buoyed, then there are moorings to follow and finally withies but these latter were mostly disappearing under the rising tide. Becky from the Blackwater Marina helpfully came out in her launch to meet us and guided the flotilla the last tricky 2 or 3 cables. Berthing was a challenge with three attempts required for some in the F6 wind to find the mud berths not always avoiding the shallow patches in between. All were tied up an hour before high water and nightfall.
The Blackwater Bistro opened especially for us and we enjoyed reliving the challenges of mud berthing over an excellent dinner.
Wednesday was to have been a trip to the Pyfleet with a visit to the Oyster Fishery by tender but with the forecast mentioning W F7 we decided that Bradwell Marina offered a safer and more comfortable alternative, oysters would have to wait. Departure from Lawling Creek at high water was achieved without incident in westerly F5 and F6 and, with bright skies, the run down the Blackwater was swift and pleasant and all were safely berthed at Bradwell by 1030. A walk to St Peter's on the Wall was followed by drinks onboard Elizabeth Tudor and Folie Douce. Most ate the dinner prepared for the Pyfleet on board followed by some by a drink at the Green Man.
On Thursday the Inshore Forecast was W or SW F5 or F6, ideal for a fast run up the Wallet and after much inter yacht help for those exiting leeward berths we were all away by 1100 and enjoyed a fast run under full genoa in 20k winds with some sunshine. Engines mostly were engaged when headed on turning into Long Reach at Levington and we all arrived home mid afternoon. A great first mid week cruise for 2018.
Simon Harrison, Folie Douce
Dream Machine, Peter Wright and Brian
Elizabeth Tudor, Derek Greenwood and Colin
Folie Douce, Simon Harrison and Russell
Islay, Nigel Thomson and Peter
Margerite, Charles Nisbet singlehanded
Windrush, Allan Jones and Philip