Two early starts!! 0600hrs  both yesterday (Tuesday 23rd) and today (Wednesday 24th).

Lowestoft

We spent two nights in Lowestoft. It’s a much bigger town than either of us imagined it to be.
It has everything …….. a fantastic sandy beach ………

Wind swept sandy beach

Wind swept sandy beach

…………….beach huts ………..

Regimented Beach Huts

Regimented Beach Huts

and promenade …….. the only draw back is that it’s on the chilly n-n-north s-sea c-c-coast, although we did see one of the hardy / foolhardy locals swimming!

Spot the massochist

Spot the massochist

Our ‘passage planning’ altered after we met three intrepid sailing barge bargees in the yacht club. They had come from their home port, Blakeney, where the skipper had built his Thames Barge inspired boat, Juno, in his own shipyard. Juno and crew are making their way down to Falmouth for the summer and were relieved to arrive in Lowestoft after their maiden leg which proved to be a very bumpy ride along the coast.

When we told them we were making for Grimsby, they suggested we make for Wells-next-the-sea instead, and then push on from there. Always open to suggestions we did just that and what a great decision!! ……………it turns out that Juno’s skipper, Charlie Ward, is one of the Harbour Comissioners at Wells.

We left Lowestoft at 0600 in order to make it to Wells for the crucial 1700 deadline …….. with our draft we only had one hour safely either side of HW to get in through the channel.

0600 Tuesday. Leaving Lowestoft .... Yacht Club in centre.

0600 Tuesday. Leaving Lowestoft …. Yacht Club in centre.

We had a glorious day motor sailing as the wind, needless to say was not strong enough without a little help from the engine.

Wells-next-the-Sea

          We made it to Wells bang on time and after negotiating the very twisting, turning and shallow channel, we were directed to the outer harbour, which all the almanacs tell you are just for the wind farm vessels ……. don’t believe them! We were made very welcome, so if you’re ever thinking of an ‘out of the ordinary’ destination …… look no further!

Passing so close to the beach is a little unnerving,

Close in to shore

Close in to shore

but it was a delight to see all the beach houses that haven’t been homogenised by some interfering town council.

Wells Beach Huts

Wells Beach Huts

We were moored against an old lifeboat and welcomed by two friendly harbour masters, who took our lines and took us in their car along to the town. What a pleasant change to meet officials who thanked us when we said what a lovely place Wells is and talked  with obvious pride about their town and harbour!

Wells town quay.

Wells town quay.

After a good meal in The Edinburgh, we walked the mile and half back to the boat along the river bank and turned in for an early night. This sailing malarkey certainly makes you feel pleasantly tired!
We set off at high tide this morning (Wednesday) just as the sun was rising ……there’s warmth in the sun as I’m writing this at 7.15! …….. hoping for a lovely day and warm night as we head north for Whitby ….. we’ll see how it goes.

Sunrise from our berth ........ Living The Dream!

Sunrise from our berth …….. Living The Dream!

1 Comment

  1. Glad to see you are having a great time both of you. Keep living the dream

    Gerry & debs

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