Captains Log 2012 – Sunday

Oh the bliss. A night in the yard was not on the original plan – but it did mean that we could have a shower before breakfasting and setting off. We were on Hustler 4 again, a result of a swop required last year because of the odd dates of our visit, and the booking not having been swopped back to Hustler 2. The upside of this was that H4 came with a brand new suit of Jeckells sails, and very smart they looked too. Continue reading

Captains Log 2012 – Monday

The forecast for the day was an initial south westerly, but gentle, wind but with the direction backing round to the south east or east during the afternoon. This is ideal conditions for getting up and down Meadow Dyke to Horsey Mere. Rain was forecast at 20% for the

Hickling - departure under jib

Hickling - departure under jib

morning and 70% in the afternoon. Continue reading

Captains Log 2012 – Tuesday

Awoke to the sound of pouring rain and, as we had arranged to head for Horning, took our time over breakfast. At 10, an hour later than usual, the rain stopped just as we were ready to set off. The wind was back in the west and a bit stronger already. After some discussion we decided not to reef, as the last part of our sail up the Bure, is shrouded by trees. This made for a very manageable sail, but a bit testing at times in the exposed parts. Continue reading

Captains Log 2012 – Wednesday

Horning - The Swan Hotel under a grey sky

Horning - The Swan Hotel under a grey sky

The day started with the forecast low clouds and the outlook for the day was F6 and lots of rain. So Danny set off on the bus as planned. We checked with the radar museum near Horning, but they are only open on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It does sound like an excellent visit of you are at all interested in that field. Continue reading

Captains Log 2012 – Thursday

Horning - ducks call by for breakfast

Horning - ducks call by for breakfast

The day started still grey, but with an apparently very light wind. Then we remembered we were in Horning, sheltered by tall trees to the west and the sharp height rise behind the village fored the winds to rise anyway. A check with the treetops alerted us to the strong wind still blowing there that would catch us in the open. Decision made – three reefs. Over breakfast the sky lightened and the ducks turned up for thier feast. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

Captains Log 2012 – Last Saturday

We woke, seemingly as usual, to the patter of raindrops. Fortunately they did not last long. I took a short walk round to the Norfolk Wherry Trust’s yard that is next door but one to Hunter’s yard, where Albion sleeps. She is tucked under a boat shed which she shares with Maud. The tard contains stocks of maturing timber ready for when needed. It’s the thickness of the pieces, up to four inches or more, that is so staggering. Continue reading