Day 23, May the 18th. We have now completed 517 nm.
Before I get started, I have discovered a few facts, although our charts for Burnham on Crouch were old, all the new buoys, cardinals and navigational marks are because Boris Johnson has decided to remove all the earth dug out from the new rail link to Walesea Island, so the channel leading in has been dredged and marked to allow for the larger container vehicles.
Also as we entered Foulness a few nights ago, we saw just over the salt marshes, what appeared to be a massive explosion. When we checked the map we saw that this was in fact a firing practice area, so i didn’t make any comment in the blog. But at the time Sean and I both laughed because of the size, noise and flames from the explosion.
In the news today we have read that the beaches around foulness have been closed whilst the explode some WW2 ammunition, so that explains that.
We were meant to leave our anchorage at 7.30 this morning, but it was nearer to 8.15am, this may not seem a lot of difference in time, but when you have planned to get to a certain point (Whitaker East Cardinal) by 10am, so that when the tide changes at that point, it will carry you onto Brightlingsea, leaving late meant the tide was against us for an hour.
We weighed anchor under engine, as we have an electric winch and if you don’t have the engine on it can really drain your battery. Immediately we ( that is, the royal we!) pulled out the sails and killed the engine. I was delighted by the speed over ground, in the first hour we covered 5.5 nm, and in the second hour 6nm, and in the third hour .9nm, so that’s the difference when a spring tide runs against you and the wind drops dramatically.
We persevered with the sailing, thankfully the wind picked up albeit only slightly and carried us right into the harbour at Brightlingsea. We did have a little company as we entered, which took some serious avoiding.
Brightlingsea is the home of the Fishing Smacks, like a trawler.
Today was all about the sailing and sandbanks, there are loads of them here! You need to really pay attention to the various marks indicating where you should be.
There is a small marina at Brightlingsea, but we moored on the large pontoons just off the town. We rowed in for a few provisions, visited the museum, yacht club and headed straight off again, to anchor in the Pyefleet Channel for the night ready for a very early escape tomorrow.
This evening I cooked the Bass Sean caught yesterday, with the asparagus Robert gave us and a few new potatoes, which saying so myself was very tasty.
This evening we have set our alarms, so that we rise in time to take the tide up to Ipswich. I’m not sure how much sleep will will get, the wind has picked up and at the moment its wind against tide, so rather choppy and rolling about.
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