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17 August 2016

The lovely Port of Wells is always one of the most popular cruises we run and this one was no exception. On their busiest weekend of the year – the start of the Wells Carnival – they kindly let us take 20 boats.

The forecast for the passage on Friday 29th July was decent enough SW 3-4. Most of the fleet gathered at the Reedham Ferry pub the night before where Paula and her excellent team fed and watered over 60 of us, great food and service.

We had a Haven Bridge booking for 1030hrs on Friday morning and conditions were excellent as we left the harbour and headed north.

It is a particularly pleasant passage around the North Norfolk coast and the fleet ran well at 18 knots. By the time we arrived at Wells bar, the Harbour Master confirmed that there was enough tide for the fleet to enter straight away. With such a big fleet inevitably some of the boats needed to moor in the outer harbour – closer to the beach whilst the majority continued down to the quay and the town.

There was plenty for the crews to do in Wells over the next few days, the weather was very pleasant and the atmosphere very social.

A worsening forecast for our planned return to Great Yarmouth on Tuesday evening made us depart Wells on late Monday afternoon for a very pleasant trip back to Great Yarmouth and a 2030 Haven bridge lift. A great weekend leaving all of us wanting to return soon.

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