Captain’s Log 2011 – Friday

Being awake through natural causes I witnessed a cold but beautifully misty dawn and fetched my camera to try and capture the peaceful stillness of the half light. A couple were on the other bank doing just the same.

Misty dawn at Thurne windmill

Misty dawn at Thurne windmill

Beautiful light and reflections.

Dawn at Thurne dyke

Dawn at Thurne dyke

The rosy glow as the sun gets ready to appear.

On rising the calm was still with us and the wind started at 08:00. We set off to tack down to Acle, a very pleasant sail.

Well trimmed Wood Sorrell

Well trimmed Wood Sorrell

On turning to Upton Dyke we were faced with a lee bank mooring, the wind having settled in to just east of south, making the approach tricky, but we both managed it safely. The day had now turned out to be quite warm as we walked in the sun down to the village past the boatyard full of yachts being prepared for the summer season.

Eastwood Whelpton boatyard at Upton Dyke

Eastwood Whelpton boatyard at Upton Dyke

We were delighted to find the White Horse still open for business and the famous Friday fish and chips and Chris had come over to join us.

After lunch we now had the problem of getting of the lee bank. Fortunately, as the wind was only just off straight ahead, we were able to hoist the jib only and push off sufficiently to get her head round and run downwind towards Windy Corner. The wind was strong enough, and a look at the map confirmed that the downwind route was straight enough, for us to make the whole journey on jib alone. As this was a small sail it meant a very pleasant and quiet trip back home.

Having returned to the yard, moored up and washed the boat down and began the packing up we decided to go to Martham for the evening to look over the King’s Arms. We found a busy pub with another set of new owners who were really trying hard. A tempting menu and so we tried a starter each despite not being hungry after our enormous lunch. Not recognising some of the beers we were offered tasters – great! We will certainly be back.