We had offered to help Luna through the bridge this morning but they had lowered away early and set off with the two ladies kneeling on the bow with a dinghy oar each paddling the boat like a canoe. Because of the long oar shaft it worked well for them.
Light winds helped as they approached the bridge. Note, by the way, that the yacht lowering berth next to the bridge seems to be free again at last.
As for us, because Danny had to get off home Wood Sorrel was going to go downstream and so miss out on Barton Broad.
Mike & I decided to go upstream to fill that void and visit Neatished for lunch arranging to meet the others in late afternoon. So we lowered away and quanted through the bridge with the current, set up and sailed away passing Luna having a cuppa. Enjoyed a great sail up to Barton, quiet through tree lined Irstead, but a steady drift kept us moving. Then across the corner of Barton to Gay’s Staithe which was almost empty so we moored acroos the end. The Ra, the solar powered electric boat, turned up with a ‘Skipper under instruction’ to practice mooring.
The day was warmer now and we had a pleasant walk down to the ‘White Horse’ for the best pint of Wherry of the week.
We passed the house that was the ‘Barton Angler’.
The house that used to be the ‘Eagle’ many years ago.
And the house that used to be the ‘Old Saddlery’ restaurant.
But were cheered to see that the village shop was still in business.
Then back down the Ant, passing through Irstead into the gently wind with a bit of sailing and some quanting to keep steerage way on. We passed Luna moored at the Irstead church staithe who called out greetings. Back through the bridge and onto the Bure meeting the others at Windy Corner on schedule.
By now the wind had backed, and the temperature dropped, so making anywhere other than the Lion unlikely at this late hour. Over some good food and beer the others told us that they had visited Malthouse Broad with the objective of testing out the Maltsters but found the staithe very busy even though it was late morning, and so decided not to stop. They then returned to Soputh Walsham for luch at the Ship; a most enjoyable meal was reported. Then on to Hunter’s Yard to drop off Danny before returning to Windy Corner to meet up.