The cruise started at Reedham on Friday
evening. Gathered for the first night were Chris and Leonie on Pelican, John on
, Wiggy on Wiggy, Jean and Terry on Seabird and Christine on her own (her
accommodation was not arriving until Saturday).David and Penny later joined the company.
En route from Somerleyton, Terry tried
to find a new route to Herringfleet windmill without leaving the boat. After
discussion with Broads Control, who advised him to have a large gin and tonic,
he was contacted by Humber Coastguard, who offered to send a lifeboat. Terry
took B.A. advice and waited until the rising tide took him out of the field and
back into the river at
Saturday saw the fleet move to Cantley
where Vince and Linda were showing their new boat. White Rose had a hard beat
against the tide to get from Surlingham to Cantley. This was the only yacht to
sail as Pandora was minus a piece of string and could not raise the sail!John left the cruise at Cantley and took Pandora to Horsey in readiness
for the regatta.
The remaining boats motored to
and were joined by Jacqui and Alan on Sloopy.The pub staff were welcoming and friendly and the food was satisfactory.
We were joined by Wally, Bosun Neil and Pam.We retired early to Seabird to formally toast her new looks.The champagne went down well.
Sunday morning broke with foul, windy,
wet weather.It was a miserable
morning but all boats set off under motor.As
each boat reached Somerleyton it moored up and each crew decided that was as far
as they were going, so the collective decision to stay there was easily
achieved. The Dukes Head, which is usually efficient but unwelcoming and
impersonal, was completely different.The
new manager/tenant was friendly, welcoming, smiling and very accommodating.It was a breath of fresh air.Although
every table in the restaurant was booked that evening, he promised he would
reserve a large table in the bar.
After aperitifs on Pelican we went to
the pub and our table was ready.The
specials board had been taken through to the bar for us. The service was good
and the food was quick coming. The food was also good, with good sized portions.The one problem with the food was Terry and Chris both wanted lamb shank,
having seen one earlier, but there was only one left.Chris magnanimously - try saying that after a few drinks - let Terry have
it, so no fight ensued.
On Monday morning the fleet dispersed.White Rose approached the end of the Cut just as 22 Dutch Bavarian yachts
arrived.The bridge was closed and
boats were jockeying around at the bridge and downstream of the Cut.White Rose was forced to go downriver until things cleared. Once the
bridge opened it took ages for the yachts to pass through.White Rose again had to turn back downriver as the yachts were
manoeuvring in the Street reach and there was no way through.They did eventually get through.
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