With Haven Bridge undergoing repairs, our Southwold fleet departed the Broads on Friday 6th July through Mutford Lock and moored at the RN&SYC for a few hours until all the fleet were on the seaward side. The last two boats came through the Lowestoft Bascule Bridge on the 1430 lift and the 18 boat fleet headed out to sea.
Very calm seas and warm sunshine for our 10 mile passage to Southwold. This was a slow speed cruise with the fleet running at around 8 knots so that some slower boats could join the cruise. Once south of the Stanford Channel, the faster boats headed out to the east to open up and enjoy some higher speed handling.
We arrived at Southwold at around 1600hrs and the boats entered in their order for mooring. We rafted 3 abreast outside the Harbour Inn and the crews were soon relaxing and socialising.
Saturday was quarter final day for the England World Cup team so finding somewhere to watch the footie was very high on the agenda on Saturday morning. Some of our number went to the local rugby club and some to the conservative club to watch the game whilst others took advantage of the relatively quiet opportunity to shop in Southwold.
We left Southwold just after 1530hrs on Sunday and ran back to Lowestoft for Roast Beef at the RN&SYC. Once again we enjoyed superb conditions and were all safely moored in the yacht club basin by around 1800hrs. We had a very pleasant evening with all the crews socialising together.
We departed on Monday at 0930hrs. With the Haven Bridge now operating, we came back onto the Broads on an 1100hrs bridge lift.
All returned very happy and well tanned!