Captain’s Log 2010 – Thursday

The night was very cold with a heavy frost on the ground in the morning as witnessed by the signboard.

Frosty morning at Gays Staithe, Neatishead

Frosty morning at Gays Staithe, Neatishead

Denis had a reasonable night but it was clear that he should get home as soon as possible. We reorganised crews and schedules do that he could have a comfortable ride down to Ludham and Peter could return their boat to the yard, and then drive back to pick up Dennis. The wind was very light, just enough to maintain some forward motion.

Quiet morning

Quiet morning

It’s fascinating to see how the Hustler responds differently to the different wind conditions. With the light winds she seems to be able to get something out of almost every little puff. The current was with us, but even so it was a slow journey mostly downwind. Lots of cruisers about necessitating traffic management sometimes. After mooring and passing under the bridge we repaired to the Dog for lunch and some ‘Broadland Sunrise’. Pete and Alec met us at Ludham reporting that the the yard had been very helpful.

By the time this was all sorted , and with winds dying away, we decided here was no suitable destination that would be reachable so settled in for the night cooking on board.

Cooking on board at Ludham Bridge

Cooking on board at Ludham Bridge

Then back to the pub , finally leaving the Dog when all their draught beer had been consumed.