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The Club autumn cruise started at Reedham on Friday
October 7th. The first two boats to appear, Seabird and Wiggy, were
spotted going upriver from Reedham as the quay was flooded and they were unable
to moor. They tried to moor at Reedham Ferry and Cantley, but these too
were flooded, so they ended up on the floating pontoon at Hardley Mill.
The next boat, Pelican, had to make do with the floating pontoon in Reedham
Street. White Rose stayed put on the flooded boatyard mooring.
Eventually, as the tide receded, boats were able to moor
on Reedham quay. John on Pandora had reefed and sailed down to meet
us, Unfortunately, he suffered equipment failure and spent the night on
the Corvette mooring. He was unable to fix all problems on Saturday
morning, so put down two reefs and sailed back to Langley Dyke. Meanwhile,
on Friday night, the cruise members, plus other club members, enjoyed drinks in
the Nelson. Some decided to eat there, as they were now serving
food. The general consensus was that the food was awful, but other words
On Saturday morning Bob, on White Rose, decided to put in
two reefs and motor to the end of the street before hoisting sail. By the
time he got to the end of the street, he decided to wait until he was above
Reedham Ferry. On passing Chet Mouth, he decided to join the YSC motorboat
section and motor to Rockland, stopping off at Hardley Mill to make
coffee. (As you can imagine, the wind was a little too strong).
We had a very pleasant lunchtime at Rockland and were made
very welcome in the New Inn. In the afternoon we went downriver to
Cantley. Once on the main river, White Rose set her jib, which pulled the
boat to the Beauchamp Arms where the mainsail was hoisted. Eve helmed the
boat to Cantley. The evening in the Reedcutter was good and the food was
Sunday morning saw a complete change in the weather: there
was very little wind. The reefs were shaken out and White Rose made a
steady beat up to Coldham Hall. In Train Reach we encountered several CHSC
boats struggling against the tide in their race. Some commented that they
were losing the will to live; that's how tedious progress was. Once more
we had a pleasant lunchtime and were made most welcome by Steve in the tavern.
It came to dispersal time, but all boats went upriver to
Surlingham Ferryhouse instead. We endured a typical Sonia dinner, followed
next morning by a Sonia breakfast, apart from Pelican, who left very early to
return to Burgh Castle; it was still dark! The four remaining people
boarded Wiggy (the boat, that is!) for a trip to the Ribs of Beef. We
sampled several of their cask ales, but there are still some to taste (after the
Turkey Race?). Again, we had a Sonia meal that evening , so all retired
early to their boats.
In all, it was a very pleasant and successful cruise.