Lynda (FFSC Yacht Captain) has asked if Andromeda and Waratah crews could arrange a late Summer cruise for the club. So here we are!
The cruise is intended to be quite open ended, for yachts to drop in and out of as they wish, but we need to start with some sort of plan; we'll call this plan 'A'. Once plan 'Z' is used up the reference rolls on to plan 'A1'. You get the drift!
Saturday 7 September 2019
Current thinking, bearing in mind existing club events, tides, daylight etc is to meet at Heybridge Basin (River Blackwater) on Saturday 7th September 2019. It is possible to extend the stay here either side.
Tides 7th September 2019
⁃LW Walton 1225 1.1m
⁃HW Osea Island 1937
Locking in would be around 1845
Subject to the usual caveat of weather it would be possible to arrive at Walton LW-1 and make it all the way down to Heybridge on the flooding tide.
Several crews are considering extending the trip, and visiting several destinations in the local area:
Perhaps taking in West Mersea, Tollesbury, Bradwell, Pyefleet or even if going full on and making our way around to the River Crouch.
If extending it makes sense to do this the week prior to the 7th as daylight will start to become in ever shorter supply.
Heybridge Basin does need to be booked, and it does get busy, so places need to be reserved. We can book a meal at the Jolly Sailor pub for the Saturday evening, they tend to be quite flexible and over the last three visits the food/beer has been fine. For those who haven't been to Heybridge before, either get in touch with me or visit https://www.waterways.org.uk/essex_waterways/boating/heybridge if further information is required.
Txt/Whatsapp 07717 826944 and let me know the following:
A. Interest in visiting Heybridge Basin
B. Interest in making a week of it, being part of a 'loose cruise'
C. Sorry can't do, have alternative plans or other restrictions
D. Chris; could you get in touch with me and let me know further details
If you could possibly get in touch by 24th June that would be great, as either need to confirm or release the space I have already reserved. Heybridge is already booked up the 3 weekends prior to this date, so I don't want to either lose the reservations or mess the lock-keeper around.
If anyone replies that they are interested in an extended trip, I'll be in touch with further details once I get a feel for numbers and preferences.