At last the sun shone and the bank holiday weekend saw Cambria leave the mooring for three glorious days with six young people. Longstanding regular Dan was joined by more recent recruits sea cadet Alex and brother James both at the London Nautical School and Mark who is set on being an bargeman and Jasmine who steers a mean course to windward. They were joined for the first time by Zeb of the sailing Mikgate dynasty from West Mersea. Alex navigated us down river.
And the sun shone! We swapped Mates early Sunday at Mersea as Stretch had an appointment with some Meatloaf music Saturday and Dave Cooper had to attend Ada Cook’s christening Sunday.
While waiting for a breeze Sunday was spent talking about points of sail and manoeuvres like how we would get under way. Then we had a beautiful sail against a weak flood down to the Buxey Beacon before bringing up at Second Beach inside Colne Point for a trip ashore before sunset and the obligatory game of sevens.
After breakfast Monday we cleaned ship before a light south-easterly enabled us to set two jibs for the few tacks to the Bench Head and then have a sedate run to anchor for water at Osea before returning to the mooring. We then took the Cambria’s liferafts and jackets ashore to be met in the canal by the very helpful Bill from Adec Marine who gave up his bank holiday evening to take them for a quick service between jobs. As the tides are poor we could not get to the crane in the yard so lockmaster Grant obliged with the shortest ever visit to the Chelmer and Blackwater Canal by a bargeboat.
And still the sun shone as we dropped Alex and James at Witham station and the crew went their separate ways with parting talk of next time.