Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Drifting around on the Stour

On Sunday the forecast looked good for Tuesday so H and I headed down to Woolverstone, dinghied across to Harmony and in very quick time, after a necessary coffee, headed down the Orwell on the engine. It took an hour at four knots with the tide in our favour but the wind, a F2 or F3, right on the nose blowing up the estuary.
Arrived at Felixstowe, to admire the huge container ships unloading/loading, then raised the sails, turned in front of Harwich quay and headed up the Stour wind in our favour but tide against us.
The first video shows Shotley Point and the Thames Barge Thistle as we start up the Stour.

Starting up the Stour

As you can see, the weather was sunny, it was light breeze and just enough to push us up against the tide. We ate lunch as we went along and this meant we could get as far as Holbrook Bay, where Hilary saw the Royal Hospital School for the first time. Stupidly I didn't video it and I didn't even take a picture! The building is hugely impressive. It looks as though someone wanted to build another Greenwich river front but in Suffolk. 
Here is a picture of it from the web.

The tower dominates the local countryside.
We turned around then back into the wind and the flooding tide so downed sails and engaged engine.
About another hour at four knots brought us back to Harwich where we could set sail and turn the engine off - ah peace and quiet!
The wind had now dropped to F2 and so we drifted with flood tide back up to Woolverstone, taking at least a couple of hours.
We are just coming to Pin Mill on the video.

Using the flood tide to get home
It was a lovely day drifting around and typical of the days we have had on the water so far.

1 comment:

  1. Great to see your blog and the videos

    Sheila xx