Cruising Activities at RHYC
|Date||Cruise Destination||Cruise Leader|
|Sunday 22nd April||Harwich Pier||Allan Jones|
|Tuesday 24th - 26th April||Blackwater Marina, Anchor Pyefleet||Simon Harrison|
|Saturday, 5th May||Burnham||Charles Nisbet|
|Saturday, 19th May||West Mersea||Nigel Seary|
|Sunday, 27th May||Round Rough Tower||Allan Jones|
|Wednesday, 6th June||Bradwell||Dennis and Anne Kell|
|Friday, 15th June||East Coast Cruise||Allan Jones|
|Saturday, 30th June||Titchmarsh Marina||Peter & Sally Wright|
|Saturday, 14th July||Woodbridge||Jim Grant|
|Saturday, 21st July||2 Weeks Foreign||Marcus Bucknall|
|1 Week Foreign||Allan Jones|
|Tuesday, 14th August||Ramsholt||Alan Thomas|
|Saturday, 25th August||Orford||Simon and Georgette Harrison|
|Saturday, 1st September||Brightlingsea||Peter Wright|
|Saturday, 6th October||Walton Pond||Peter Wright|
CiC Reports for 2018
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