Captain’s Log 2009 – Wednesday

Horsey, Geese at Dyke Entrance

Horsey, Geese at Dyke Entrance

The day dawned bright and sunny and the wind from yesterday had persisted heralding an easy ride back down Meadow Dyke. There were geese in abundance near the mooring. There was one colony in the field below the mooring’s southern back and another swimming around at the entrance to the dyke.

Meadow Dyke Helm's View Under the Boom

Meadow Dyke Helm's View Under the Boom

These had been much quieter than those at Hickling the day before but we watched several half hearted territorial disputes with display and some calling, but nothing serious, as we prepared to depart. On the way down Meadow Dyke we all passed a motor cruiser who was coming up. He had the misfortune to be passing us at a particularly narrow stretch…

Meadow Dyke Low Water Mark

Meadow Dyke Low Water Mark

…and, with five of us to pass, was getting rather tetchy by the end. If more eveidence of low water levels was needed you could see some of the peat below the reeds on the bank.

Meadow  Dyke  Mouth, Two Hunters

Meadow Dyke Mouth, Two Hunters

Needless to say the ‘Hunter Magnet’ was in operation and, although we entered Meadow Dyke well separated, three of us were practically side by side as we emerged. Just as well we did not meet the motor cruiser then!

Potter Bridge Fleet Meet

Potter Bridge Fleet Meet

On the gentle run down to Potter I had an incident with my eye that caused me some concern. When we landed and had traversed the bridge we discused the situation [Pete: img_0643.jpg] and I rang NHS Direct and was advised to see a GP as soon as practical. Thanks to excellent information from the boat yard I was able to fix an appointment for late the same afternoon.

Thurne Richard Dennis & Danny

Thurne Richard Dennis & Danny

So it was agreed that the fleet would take coffee and cakes at Lathams and then proceed on to the Lion at Thurne for lunch [Pete: img_0646.jpg] and then sail on to South Walsham for the night. Meanwhile Mike & I would turn up to the yard at Ludham and drive over to Stalham Heath for the appointment. The outcome of the GP’s inspection was that there was a problem that needed attention, but not urgently. So we returned back to the yard and viewed the weather. Although it was getting late the wind was blowing the way we wanted to go and, once on the main stream we would expect only one relatively short stretch of beating. So we decided we could make it before it got dark and set out on our way.

South Walsham Chris V & Alec

South Walsham Chris V & Alec

It was so peaceful sailing at that time as we did not see a single other craft moving. The sun was still warm initially but the temperature dropped as it’s disk dropped towards the horizon. Then, as we approached the turn to South Walsham the wind dropped as well, but did not disappear altogether. As we approached the mooring there was an advanced shore party looking out for us …

South Walsham Sunset

South Walsham Sunset

…ready to guide us to our space. Chris & Dave also had a pasta meal ready as soon as we had moored and, with lots of help, had prepared the boat for the night as the sun slipped below the horizon leaving a golden ribbon on the horizon.

Then on for the walk in the gloom down to the Ship in South Walsham. The pub has been recently refurbished as a gastro pub, but still good beers and with youthful and welcoming staff. Back at the staithe the toilet block has been closed permanently by Broadlands District Council. This is in contrast to what we have found elsewhere with other Councils. The quay headings have been renewed and are now at cruiser height, a bit high for us yachties.

To see maps of this year’s voyage visit the Maps category.