Captains Log 2012 – Friday

St Benets Repairs

St Benets Repairs

The wind maintained its strength overnight but the forecast was for it to ease as the day progressed. After a stroll to see St Benet’s and the repair work from across the river we rigged to take alook at South Walsham’s broads, one of the prettiest places we visit.

Unfortunately we found the tree lined stretch of river allowed too little wind through for our three-reefed sails to gain traction so the attempt wa abandoned and we set off for Upton.

A short distance along the Bure and we spotted Albion heading for us at a great pace with a much smaller mainsail – ever she was under reduced canvas. What an impressive sight.

Albion under sail

Albion under sail

Upton Approach Rain Clouds Gathering

Upton Approach Rain Clouds Gathering

As we approached Upton we found the wind favourable for a landing but were not impressed with the heavy, but short, rain shower that greeted us. Mind you, we could see it coming with those looming dark clouds.

Then the traditional walk along the dyke through Whelpton’s yard and on to the White Horse.

The pub is still up for sale and was featured in the current edition of the Eastern Daily News. Ray Norman, the landlord and owner, has been in the hot seat since 1972 – what a character! We hope that he is successful in his plans as he deserves a comfortable retirement after such long service. As usual he has three real ales on tap, Wherry, Broadside and Golden Jackal from the local Wolf brewery.

Upton White Horse & Ray Norman

Upton White Horse & Ray Norman

Then back to the boats and time to shake out those reefs as the wind was now much lighter. Then off to the yard. We were behind, but slowly catching Wood Sorrel when, Oh Tragedy!, they caught themselves in the reeds in the middle of a tack. Nothing serious we discovered as we sailed past to arrive at the yard first. That meant we had to supply the tea and cake of course!

Martham - Mike D finally gets a man sized drink

Martham - Mike D finally gets a man sized drink

In the evening Richard drove us over to the King’s Arms in Martham where we ate very well from their interesting menu. Roast Pigeon and Rabbit Stew were the most popular dishes.