This section of the web site is a log of the 2009 voyage around some of our favourite spots on the the northern Norfolk Broads.
This year’s log starts on the Friday rather than the Saturday. At 17:31 to be precise. That’s when I received an unexpected and unwelcome text from my sailing companion’s wife…
“At the hospital in A&E with Mike. Fell off his bike, quite bloody but unbowed. Will call later. P.S we did not play golf.”
At first I thought it may be a wind up. The golf reference is to an incident of about three year’s ago when Mike dropped a golf cart battery on his toe on the eve of our visit to Norfolk and was unable to come as his toe was rather smashed. But it was no wind up. Poor Mike had hit a kerb at speed and at the wrong angle ending up with a black eye,and other injuries resulting in him needing to keep his injuries dry (no guesses as to who was going to quant all week!) and having some difficulty with some bending actions. Ah well, it’s supposed to be a relaxing week, so perhaps he will survive.
Off to Potter Heigham for the rendezvous at the Falgate. This year’s trip had a number of unusual events and this meeting would signal the first as it was Chris’s birthday (right in photo with Pete W).
Fiona had organised a cake for him printed with a photo of his beloved venerable Jensen. Richard had organised a suitable bottle of something special and I had a mounted photo of Chris with the party from two years ago that all signed as a memento.
Last September Peter J died and at his request his ashes were to be scattered at Windy Corner where the Bure and Thurne meet. This was scheduled for Sunday morning. In honour of this event his son William was with us for the weekend together with Peter’s brother, Brian, and his two sons. It was good to meet up with them again.
After our lunch and a good welcoming pint (or two) of Broadside we set off for the yard, stopping for supplies at a very busy Lathams store, to pack the boats ready for the week’s adventures.
The photo here is the view downstream along Womack Water from Hunter’s Yard – our first piece of sailing.
This year’s boat allocations were:-
Hustler Chris V & Dave
Hustler 2 Tony & Mike C
Hustler 3 Peter W & Denis
Wood Sorrell Richard (Commodore), Mike D and Danny
Tarn Brian J & Alec
The three weekenders took it in turn to travel with various boats.
As we were to be at Windy corner on Sunday morning we set off for Thurne Lion for the night, With Pete (on the helm) and Dennis showing how to slip into Norfolk speed. The weekenders had booked tent pitches at a farm close to the pub. The wind was fresh and north easterly, and cold once the sun disappeared.
There was plenty of room in the dyke but with one weekender and a partial invalid we decided to lower sails upwind of the dyke and come in on jib alone so minimising the power. All was going well until we entered the dyke at which time a motor cruiser unexpectedly began to move. We executed a quick 180 turn back out of the dyke and looped across the river managing to make a bit of ground up to windward and so to return and try again, successfully this time.
The weekend party set off for the farm and were lucky enough to find a caravan free so they were out of the wind and cold.
Sid at the ‘Lion’ was most welcoming, even offering to help us re-arrange tables to accommodate our large number – a complete contrast to last year’s discussion about furniture adjustments. We even had a special table laid for us in the dining room for our evening meal – which was really good. On our way back to the boat the night sky was spectacular. There were no clouds and no moon so the stars shone with all their brilliance unaffected by other lights as there are virtually no street lights to spoil the huge natural display; the wind was still fresh and the night cold.
To see maps of this year’s voyage visit the Maps category.