I’m back from the boat! On Saturady we had a superb sail, tacking close to the wind all the way down river to the mouth of the Colne and then in for the night to the Pyefleet where we were in fact joined at anchor by a number of our friends from the sailing club. A good force 4 pushing a force 5 had the toe rail in the water most of the way and provided exhillirating speed along with plenty of spray. While we didn’t break Burnaby’s speed record we came close.

Although dinner with friends on their boat at anchor didn’t quite materialise we made do on our own boat and with wine in hand were able to take in yet another fantasic sunset with the added bonus of the last night of the proms playing on our radio. It was a truely enjoyable night, and one that will serve as a good momento until the start of the sailing season next year.

Regular readers will note a distinct lack of photos for this trip; we were having such a good sail I didn’t really have much of a chance to take any, although I did catch a few when I got the chance, mostly of sunsets which are always amazing out over the water. Soon to come also in the photo department should be some shots of us under sail taken by our friends as they passed us. For all those who have been keen to see how Burnaby sails, stay tuned.

Our trip back to Tollesbury was equally enjoyable, but reduced wind levels afforded us the chance to try polling out the Genoa and relaxing on deck as a downwind course coasted us nicely home.

All in all it was a great trip and one that has left me ready to face Leeds and all the work that will invariably bring me.


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