The Autumn cruise started at Somerleyton on Friday evening, although some started social activities earlier in the day. Boats consisted of Seabird (Jean, Terry and Wally), Pelican (Léonie and Chris), Wiggy (Terry), White Rose (Bob and Joe) and later, rising out of the mist and dark came Melody (Harriet, Mark and Arthur). We were joined on Saturday morning by Retribution (Jan and Tony).
Saturday morning was an early start so that we could take as much advantage as possible from the up tide. Most motored to Beccles but White Rose hoisted sails at the bridge. There was a steady drizzle in the air and not much wind until past the Waveney River Centre when a good breeze set in. This gave a stern wind to the Aldeby Stumps when sails and mast were lowered in readiness for the bridge.
Moorings had been pre booked at the yacht station and we were well looked after here. Many members spent the afternoon in the Royal Oak, then all thirteen members present plus Christine, who joined us for the evening, enjoyed a meal together in Prezzo’s. Having an Italian meal was a welcome change from the usual Indian meal we regularly have in Beccles. One or two staggered to the Bear and Bells afterwards, but most retired back to the boats.
On Sunday our Commodore had to return to Coldham Hall, but the rest of the party cruised round to Geldeston Lock. Jan, Tony and Bob managed to fit in a walk before the whole party went to the inn. We sat outside in the warm sunshine and consumed a small amount of alcohol (eleven four pint jugs between six of us!) Five members returned to Seabird for Jean’s delicious roast lamb meal.
On Monday morning boats dispersed to their own moorings. As regards sailing, the wind and tide were against White Rose for almost all of the journey back, which meant arriving on the Surlingham mooring in the dark. Pelican continued the cruise by going to the Berney Arms for the night.
There were no particular incidents (apart from Wiggy’s ensign staff!) but it was a successful weekend and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks to all who attended and to John for booking the moorings.