2016 Cruise

We all met at Suffolk Yacht Harbour on Friday evening, before having a communal meal at the EAST Waterside Community Centre, getting kitted out with audio compasses and the EAST life jackets, before setting off to bed ready for a sail on Saturday!

Saturday the weather was rather windy so we decided to sail within the safety of the rivers, Stour and Orwell, getting to know our boats and fellow crew members a little more; that evening we returned to SYH for the night.

Sunday we sailed down the Essex coast and up the River Colne to Brightlingsea. That evening we joined other boats for a Greek themed roving supper and a few drinks.
On Monday we carried on down the Essex coast into the Thames estuary, where we passed the SS Richard Montgomery which lays sunk in 10 metres of water, her cargo is ordanance from WWII! Apparently, she sunk after running aground in 1944 and if it where to explode it would take part of Southend with it! We then carried on up the Medway and locked into Gillingham marina, where we all shared a meal ashore in the marina restaurant.

Tuesday, it was a very hot sunny day, temperatures hitting 30C and winds were light. We did however, make the journey to Queenborough marina via Rochester bridge where we moored up and all enjoyed an Italian themed roving supper together, of course a few further drinks were consumed!

Wednesday, the weather again was very hot but we headed north from Queenborough back up the coast where we anchored at Pyefleet Creek for the night. Pyefleet Creek is situated between Brightlingsea and West Mersea Island, and it is probably one of the most beautiful and peaceful places on the East coast, one of our favourites!
Thursday morning we heaved anchor at Pyefleet Creek and had a great sail back up the Essex coast passing Clacton and Frinton turning into Harwich harbour and then moored in Shotley marina for our overnight stay.

On Friday the weather was starting to freshen and the winds got a little stronger so when we departed Shotley marina most boats headed for some sheltered sailing areas within the rivers and Hamford Water. Because of the weather conditions we decided to head back to the shelter of Shotley marina for a second overnight stay. After our evening meal we all met up in The Shipwreck marina bar, where we enjoyed a social evening together including a quiz night.

Saturday morning the weather was not that great being rather wet and windy. So when we left the shelter of Shotley marina again most boats stayed within the shelter of the rivers Stour and Orwell. One boat did make the bold decision to venture out into open sea but when one crew member became violently seasick, due to the rather bumpy conditions, they soon headed back into the calmer waters of the rivers! That afternoon all boats returned to SYH to moor and prepare for our final evening communal supper.

The supper was held on the Lightship at SYH where we all enjoyed an end of cruise meal together, a few drinks and end of cruise speeches. Vice-admiral Stephen Remington gave an excellent speech thanking all for making the event so successful and hoped that all who came along had thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Thank you to all involved in making this week such fun!