YSS Mar16 010After laying windbound for Storm Katie to pass we left Maldon in the early hours of Tuesday morning and after breakfast made our way under reduced canvas as it was still windy to the Colne.

Wednesday dawned clear and bright and produced a lovely sail to Walton backwaters (Arthur Ramsome’s Secret Water). With a clean bottom SB Reminder performed well and the team delighted in tacking into the Backwaters with the first of the flood for a visit to the beach at Stone Point for firewood. Later we counted over 100 seals in Oakley Creek.

Thursday and Friday also gave excellent weather on the whole apart from the customary bringing up squall at Brightlingsea where we went ashore for fish and chips. Arriving back early on the tide Friday evening the next charter party of adults for the weekend were already waiting on the quay before Kitty left and we were able to get alongside.

Sailing with Richard and Hilary were established YSSers Quinn, Dan and Lucian and first timers Herbie and Isobel. The next YSS trip is planned for the first week of August. Photo album.