April Heads Up

 April 2021

 By the time you read this, we shall be within a few days of a further relaxation of the Covid restrictions. From 12 April 2021, day sailing will be permitted by six individuals or two households – while a single household will be permitted to stay on board overnight.

Some five weeks later, on 17 May, six individuals or two households will be able to stay overnight on one boat. So we are hopeful that we will have something of a sailing/boating season this year.

Visiting overseas, however, still remains fraught. The situation regarding visiting continental Europe is fluid and the danger is that of a change in the regulations relating to re-entry to the United Kingdom with the ever present possibility of a re-imposition of quarantine while members are still away in Europe on holiday.

Carlton Rail Swing Bridge.

This is the bridge juxtaposed Mutford Lock. This bridge has severe ongoing issues which apparently require a long-term solution. It is currently precluded from swinging due to a lack of an operable motor as well as other safety issues. It is anticipated that throughout the whole of the 2021 season there will be no ability for this bridge to swing. The safety concerns are such that there are also delays to the trains which are restricted to under 5 mph when crossing the bridge!

Haven Road Bridge.

This is also subject to severe restriction at the moment and in practical terms will not be able to lift for the foreseeable future. For boats that can reduce their air draft to below say 12 feet, there is considerable scope for passage at low water other than at low water neaps.

Be careful though, because if the tide is running strongly, there is a considerable eddy on the approach to the bridge piers and it can sometimes be quite difficult to align your boat and maintain a course-line to the centre part (greatest air draft) of the arch.

 Dates for your Diary----Proposed 2020 Program

 

Event

Dates

Contact

Shakedown Cruise

30 Apr to 4 May 2020

Peter Ward

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Whitby

4 July to 30 July 2020

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Walton Backwaters/Thames Estuary

5 to 28 August 2020

David Evans

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Beccles

28-31 August 2020

Elaine Ward

 

 

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Southwold Dash

19 to 20 September 2020

TBA

Laying Up Lunch

31 October 2020

TBA

Icicle Cruise

3 to 9 December 2020

TBA

Christmas Dinner

4 December 2020

TBA

 

Coffee mornings

We are, for the time being, continuing with our zoom coffee mornings: the next one will be on 24 April 2021 at 1030. A link will be sent to members about a week prior to the event.

Shakedown Cruise – 01 May to 03 May 2021

The object of this outing is to see that our boats are in good order for the new season, with a passage across Breydon Water and a short sea cruise from Great Yarmouth to Lowestoft.

PLAN A

Meet at The Berney Arms moorings at 12:00 on Saturday 01 May.

There is a slight complication because Haven Bridge will not be able to lift for us, so we shall have to make use of the tide, dropping radar arches and canopies and going under the bridge at low water. (NB – sufficient crew required for lowering/raising equipment on the move as no waiting facility beyond Haven Bridge). Careful calculations indicate a comfortable window between 15:00/17:00 for a vessel with an air draft of 11 foot (3.35m), allowing for a passage out to sea through Great Yarmouth, and a 10-12 knot cruise to Lowestoft.

Saturday night mooring at RNSYC, noting that catering may not be available due to ongoing Covid restrictions.

Sunday 02 May – staggered departure from RNSYC to coincide with constraints of passage via Mutford Lock, timings to be advised.

Sunday night moorings at Tingdene’s newly extended Broadlands Marina, where outside bar service and catering may be available at the Broadlands Marina clubhouse, with ongoing discussions regarding options for a Covid-secure barbecue there on Sunday afternoon, possibly under cover of a marquee.

On Monday 03 May, we would disperse from Oulton and return by river to our home moorings.

PLAN B (in the event of inclement weather, and with 24 hours’ notice)

Meet on Saturday afternoon at Broadlands Marina, moorings there for 2 nights.

Depending on weather, possibility of a day-return cruise via Mutford/Lowestoft, in smaller groups of 2-3 boats on a staggered basis to align with lock scheduling and bridges etc.

Please register your interest initially with Peter Ward on 07971 320211, or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., who will send further information, Booking Form and Boat Data Form for completion.

To date, the following have registered:  Ocean Belle 2, South Cape, Ocean Mia, Foxley Lady, Sea Lady, Aquarius, Annastar, Ikon, Ivory Crown, Isabella.

Whitby.

We have settled on a departure date of 5 July 2021. There is a zoom meeting to discuss the event on 14 April 2021; if you would like to attend either all or part of the event contact Robert Middleton on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01406 351373 for inclusion in future discussions.

The idea is to have 10 days to a fortnight of proper holiday (i.e. the boats remain on a berth for the duration) and then wander slowly home back to Lowestoft and, weather permitting, do some sightseeing on the way.

Walton Backwaters – 5 August 2021.

The intention here is to have a holiday cruise along the East Coast and, weather permitting, spend time on the anchor. If you like wildlife, seals et cetera this is the cruise for you. We have at least two boats signed up. We had a dry run at this last year and it was one of the best cruising holidays ever. There was a complete absence of hustle bustle and must do, and when the sun was shining, we simply laid on the boat decks and sunbathed. We had lots of barbecues, read lots of books, sat on a lot of mud and drank literally gallons of wine; we also visited one or two interesting marinas and harbours. This is very much a laid-back cruise with minimal organisation so that we can react to changing weather conditions which generally makes for a much more relaxed cruise. The intention is to be back in the Broads area a few days before Beccles. If you are interested, contact David Evans on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Beccles Rally – 28 – 31 August 2021.

Beccles Yacht Station is still in the grip of Covid paralysis. Elaine Ward has kindly taken on the organisation of this event. The intention is that the pattern of the event should follow that of previous years but we anticipate that some changes will be necessary.

Elaine will need volunteers to assist – if you are coming to this event and are prepared to help please contact Elaine on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

PW, DCE

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