Captain’s Log 2011 – Saturday

The timing of our voyage sailing on the Norfolk Broads is a little later than usual this year as Easter was so very late; almost the latest it can ever be. So we were pushed into the week with the May Day bank holiday, otherwise christened “Moscow Monday” by one of our former crew members. A further complication was the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton on the Friday before we set sail. This meant that Broads cruiser hiring was at a very high rate for the long Bank Holiday weekend. Continue reading

Captain’s Log 2011 – Sunday

A lovely, clear, bright morning greeted us. After a hearty breakfast we decided that, as the rivers were likely to be busy with motor cruisers because of the combination of holidays, and the strong wind was blowing we would not try the River Ant, as it is narrow in places, and we would also avoid the exposed eastern broads. So we decided to see if we could get to Salhouse Broad for lunch. As the wind was still from the North East we both set off under jib only from our mooring which gave us sufficient power to get out of the dyke without risk to anyone else and set off downwind towards Thurne mouth with Richard and Danny in the lead. When conditions allowed we raised the mainsail. Continue reading

Captain’s Log 2011 – Monday

Despite being in the pub garden the overnight was quiet but we were woken relatively early by an unthinking motor boat user running a noisy engine. Being in Horning village we were within easy stroll of the shops for supplies and a paper. Boats like ours were able to use the showers at Southgate’s yard next door, many thanks for that. Continue reading

Captain’s Log 2011 – Tuesday

For a change the wind died overnight. Not completely, but down to a more moderate Force 2 which was good as, despite the partial protection of the trees, we were fairly exposed to the north easterly wind direction. At 07:00 it began to freshen again and by the time we set off it was up to a Force 3-4. We decided to leave the three tucks in the sail – especially as were were heading for more open spaces. Continue reading

Captain’s Log 2011 – Wednesday

A bright and windless morning first thing, just beautiful to sit at the end of the dyke in the warm early morning sun looking over the flat calm broad. Around 08:00 the waters ruffled with the start of the day’s breeze and by 09:00 we had a gentle Force 1-2, still from the ENE. The forecast was for it to shift to the SE, which would be ideal for a trip up to Horsey, but not until mid afternoon. So we decided to moor one boat at the mouth of Meadow Dyke and all five of us would go up on Wood Sorrel with two quants. We sailed gently acros Hickling Broad and passed Luna who had spent the night moored at one of the mooring points in White Slea. Continue reading