Royal Harwich Yacht Club to Collimer Point, Sailing around Britain 2014

Date posted: 20 May 2014

Day 24, 20th May, We pushed against the tide down the river 1.5nm, from the Royal Harwich Yacht Club to Collimer Point which is closer to Harwich, this outstanding journey took us 1 hour and forty minutes, lots of tacking in a very light wind with 2 knots of tide against us.

Today after a bit of a slow start, we caught a bus into Ipswich, which was only six miles away, we were going to walk along the river, but were advised against doing so by a number of people. Having completed the journey by bus, I could see their point, the vast majority of the journey would have been by road, and nowhere near the river.

We enjoyed Ipswich, the marina’s are massive here. We dropped a few flyers off and took some pictures, just in case we can help another owner. The area surrounding the marinas is being seriously developed, with numerous high rise buildings, this area is described in the Ipswich tourist guide as having a ‘striking new waterfront skyline’, I think I would dispute that.

Not such an attrictive skyline near Ipswich marinas

Not such an attrictive skyline near Ipswich marinas

The town of Ipswich is an architectural mixture of modern and old, not particularly well blended. But we did find a few attractive  medieval streets, I particularly liked the old market in front of the Town Hall in Cornhill, which appeared to sell everything from fresh fish to flowers, enabling us to stock up on a few provisions.

Open air market in Ipswich

Open air market in Ipswich

We got back to the boat and ate some of the provisions! then I set about scraping off more of the red and silver strip that runs along the length of the boat, because the boat is 26 years old these have deteriorated and look rather tatty. Without them the boat line is sharper. This task involved a hairdryer to help melt the contact glue and a nail, I managed to remove another 30 cm before it was time to go, we are down to our last thee meters now,  so we will get there. Meanwhile Sean opened up the bilges and removed a little water ( six litres ). We lent our winch to a lady on the pontoon, who had a Spirit (made locally), she and her husband sailed round the UK last year. She advised us to anchor off Riley point before we get to Grimsby, I think that might be a top tip, if it means I don’t have to do an overnight passage.

As we tacked past the Butt and Oyster PH, we had a laugh about our antics of yesterday. Today we observed all  of the house boats tied up next to the pub, some where near ruin and others were seriously stylish, a real mixture. Next to these lay what could only be described as a boat grave yard.

 

Butt and Oyster PH, apparently on really high tides the landlord serves from the river windows!

Butt and Oyster PH, apparently on really high tides the landlord serves from the river windows!

 

Boat graveyard on the River Orwell

Boat graveyard on the River Orwell

 

If I had been a little more sober yesterday, I could have told you that Pill Mill has links to smuggling, Auther Ransome and the BBC TV series Love Joy. The Butt and Oyster is also 16th Century, and there are visitors buoys you can pick up.

We have decided to anchor here at Collimer Point for the night, ready for an early morning escape up to Lowestoft, and obviously anchoring here is free as opposed to £26 at the Yacht Club. As we are spending all summer on the boat, the mooring fees tot up, so where we can anchor, we do try to do so.

The pressure has dropped to 996mb, and it’s raining! But who cares, the sausage casserole has been in the Doctor ‘Ds’ slow cooker all day, I think we will settle down with our books, and possibly watch a DVD, maybe even with a glass of something.

medieval architecture

medieval architecture

Grand architecture, representative through the centuries

Grand architecture, representative through the centuries

Christ Church

Christ Church

 

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