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EAST COAST CRUISE 2017

21 April 2017

Fun, Fun, Fun, Sun, Sun, Sun
Our East Coast Cruise in the week leading up to Easter was the most successful for several years. The wind stayed in the West & the sun shone all week.

The 15 strong fleet met for a Skippers Briefing at Reedham before enjoying a super Sunday Roast at the Reedham Ferry.

The following day we set sail for the very pretty marina of Woolverstone on the River Orwell. The sea passage was very pleasant in light seas and after an afternoon relaxing, the crews were picked up by minibus and taken to the Compasses Inn, a few miles down the road in Holbrook for a very sociable dinner and drinks.

The next day we had a lazy start leaving fro Ipswich Haven Marina at 12 o’clock and going through the lock on free flow. Ipswich has always been a popular destination for our Cruising Club and the facilities at the Haven Marina are excellent and we are always warmly welcomed. We stayed for two nights before squeezing all 15 boats into the lock bound for Titchmarsh Marina in Walton-on-the-Naze.

The fleet enjoyed navigating through the Walton back waters following our lead boat Evita and under the watchful eye of our RYA Instructor, Chris Billson & our support crew.

A very pleasant evening followed and we celebrated the occasion of our Official photographer Denise’s birthday.

We left at 1300hrs the following day to catch the tide back up the coast to Lowestoft. We are always well looked after at the Royal Norfolk & Suffolk Yacht Club and this was no exception – excellent food and service and the crews who by now all knew each other really well, chatted over ‘several’ after dinner drinks.

The following day we had another leisurely start for the short trip to Great Yarmouth for a 1400hrs Haven Bridge lift.

Having enjoyed the Reedham Ferry hospitality so much on the way out, the entire fleet stopped on the way back for one more lovely evening!

A really super week with a lovely group of people – several first timers & new faces and a week of weather that we haven’t seen at Easter for many years.

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