Weatherwise, Saturday was the best day. The fleet having gathered at Cantley on Friday night, Henrietta, White Rose and Wisp enjoyed a sail up to Coldham Hall, despite the fluky head wind. From here, all chose to motor to the lunchtime destination of Surlingham Ferry, where they were joined by Retribution, Seabird and Rosinante. It was warm enough to sit in the garden and enjoy a sociable beer or two, before heading back downriver to Rockland for the night. No-one felt inclined to sail this as the wind had shifted round a full 180 degrees and it had begun to rain.
An impressive 12 boats (and the horsebox) assembled at Rockland for the rigging out supper. Most there rose to the challenge of attempting to guess the weight of the committee, mostly flatteringly underestimating the answer. Jean Vaughan came closest to win the box of chocolates. A very good meal was provided by the New Inn and many stayed on to socialise afterwards.
Sunday was horrible – wet, cold and very windy. The majority motored down to Reedham, where an invitation had been extended to the Commodore’s belated birthday party in the afternoon. Despite the weather, about 70 guests attended; some staying on well into the evening, while others retired to the Lord Nelson to enjoy music by Jon Collerick.
Monday was, if anything, even windier, but at least drier and with good periods of sun. Generally the fleet dispersed, but a hardy few made it down to Berney Arms for a gentle lunchtime pint or two. White Rose tried, but failed to get there against the 30 knot gusts, so contented themselves with a beer or two in the Lord Nelson.
Generally an enjoyable weekend, but perhaps despite the weather, rather than because of it.
Boats attending: Argentum, Avocet, Dryad, Henrietta, Idleflite, Lucky Breeze, Pockets, Retribution, Rosinante, Seabird, Starlight, White Rose, Wisp