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  1. 9 points
    Monday 25th June An early start was not required today so I arose at 07.45am, feeling the heat of the sun behind the closed curtains. The plan for today was to make my way to Horning for lunch and on to Wroxham for the evening. So after a bacon sandwich for breakfast I settled down to watch the procession of returning Herbert Woods boats which were drawn under the footbridge entrance opposite. It was as though someone had pulled the plug out of the yard and all the boats were being sucked in. There were around 20 boats making their way back in the 15 minutes or so before 9am. I wandered off to Lathams to see what I could find and came out with a pack of 5 disposable razors and a can of shaving gel. That was all they had so it was either that or book my audition for the next Captain Birdseye advert. By 10am I was ready to cast off and use the current to turn the boat back the other way. I stepped on-board and was off without mishap. As it was such a warm day, I thought I would make a salad for lunch on arrival at Horning but that was a problem because all three pubs there give preference for moorings to day boats at lunch time so if I didn’t get in at the Ferry Boatyard, I would probably not get a space. I thought I would see if Ferry had space and if not I would moor on the bank opposite (Woodbastwick?). Anyway on approaching Horning I remembered Cockshoot Dyke, somewhere I had not visited since it first opened. There in the distance was the dyke with an appetizing space right at the head looking out onto the river. It was just waiting for me! I moored up and made my salad, which was consumed sat on the front of boat in the warmth of the sun. I still had an hour or so to spare before heading off to Wroxham so I ventured down the pathway to the boardwalk to explore. Now the last time I walked that way was more or less a few weeks after it opened to the public in the 1980s and being so early in its career, it did not really offer much. There was no boardwalk as I remember and it seemed to me to be a poor relation to the nature trail just outside Wroxham (forgot it’s name). So it was a lovely surprise to walk around this time. I found it enchanting, especially watching the dragonflies which were darting above the water and dancing around my feet on that little bit of staging which juts out into the broad. The heat of the day was bringing all manner of insects out to play. I took so many photographs trying to catch a dragonfly as it alighted on the staging, only to find it had hopped off before the shutter had fired. Definitely a place I shall return to! I was aiming to arrive at Wroxham around 3.30/4pm to give time for all the turn-around boats at Barnes Brinkcraft to turn around and be gone. So around 2.15pm I started a leisurely cruise through Horning village, past Salhouse and Wroxham Broads and on to the home of Roys. It was around 3.30pm by the time I arrived at the outskirts of the village, so on barely more than tick-over, I cruised on until I could see the moorings at Barnes. If you followed my tale aboard Brinks Jazz 4 last month, you will know I like to moor on the river side of the moorings as you see more there. It’s hard to see what moorings are available until you are right on top of them due to the outward curve of the river. However, just past the opening to the “bay”, I could see a space that would suit Symphony down to the ground (water). I approached sheepishly so as to go un-noticed, stepped ashore and tied up. At any minute I was expecting someone from Barnes to tap me on the shoulder and tell me they needed the space. But it did not happen and so I contentedly settled back to watch the passing river traffic. Around 6pm, I broke out the drone and walked around to Faircraft Loynes yard, which I had worked out, would be a good place to fly from bearing in mind the direction of the sunlight that evening. I set everything up and switched the motors on, but there was no response. The remote control was messaging that there was a sensor error. I tried unplugging the battery to reset it but the error message remained. In fact the error message never went away for the remainder of the holiday, despite numerous attempts to figure out what was wrong. It is still under guarantee so it will now have to go for repair or replacement, but it was a huge disappointment, especially since I was looking forward seeing the aerial views of Wroxham. So I trudged disconsolately back to the boat and readied myself for a meal at the Kings Head instead. There I ordered a chicken and chestnut mushroom pie, served with chips and vegetables, together with lashings of gravy. It was very tasty and I would order it again on a future visit. I was back onboard Symphony by 9pm to watch TV and reflect on my disappointment of being drone less for the rest of the holiday. Last month it was strong winds, this time the drone had gone tech! The view from my window (sort of - yesterday). Probably not long for this world. Cockshoot board walk Potter Heigham Symphony at Wroxham
  2. 7 points
    Ok my View, i left Beccles just as the swimmers started arriving, no holdups i was in no rush to get anywhere so took it very steady watching the swimmers swimming the last 2 and 1/2 miles into Beccles well organized with plenty of Marshall boats and we could have been an extra pair eyes too if anyone got into difficulties. the last boat following said they were the last swimmers , so i could continue without worrying i may see any stragglers . yes it was well organized , not as many swimmers as planned probably but nice to see.
  3. 7 points
    Look I'm having a really bad day and haven't the time to trawl through all of this but I would just like to add my little piece for what it's worth. It seems to me the event was a success, no one drowned, lots of people attended, spending hard earned cash in local pubs and shops I would imagine. Everyone knew the risks before entering the water, let's face it, any activity involving water has it's risks. They were all capable swimmers and grown ups, well aware of the risks the swim could entail I'm glad it was a success, let's hope there's more events like it, well done everyone involved Grace
  4. 7 points
    Bill is absotlutely right in his comments and I will take it a step further. This oh so noble forum spent 30 plus pages saying why this should not happen and would only end in calamaty, alrm, disaster and pestilence! Lo and behold, the swim has gone very well with no problem whatsoever and shows promise for future such events. Is this forum spending another 30 plus pages of hot air congratulating the success?? Is it heck, its busy trying to think up more excuses to have a go! The majority seem to be suggesting that it as some sort of fluke that the event went off without a problem. Absolutely bloody typical of the holier than though attitude of many on here. Its almost laughable.
  5. 6 points
    Whilst I suspect that "safety" has in some cases been used as an excuse to stop the event, I did... no.. do have reservations on those grounds. However, I believe that if people are going to be brutally honest with themselves, the cause of any dissatisfaction is that a substantial group of people who do not contribute (directly) to the Broads, were likely to inconvenience some people who do. This is not a case of "git orrff moi river" but a very slightly more reasonable "I pay for ()towards) this and can't use it. Not fair!!" I do feel some sympathy for any hirers who might have had their activities curtailed, they have their boat for a very limited time, but boat owners could (and should) have just avoided the area for that day. By the sound of it, that's pretty much what happened
  6. 5 points
    I don't know if this was posted previously, but I'm trawling through 33 pages!! https://broadsswimming.co.uk/ but it has a lot of information on the details, sponsors and safety issues. I dont see any safety issues of I'm honest. They all had hi vis floats, was well marshalled and guidance given. I would suggest a flappy thing zig zagging across the river with a novice or nervous skipper might be more dangerous? And I have no problems or beef with flappy things by the way, but know they frighten a lot of people. Obviously I have no idea how much the BA were involved, but guess it's all part of the service they provide for all river users. Msybe in future events they might be asked to donate to the BA, but if local charities (and it might help to know which ones) did benefit as did local businesses feeding and catering for 100ish swimmers and their friends and family then bring it on. so is the real issue they never paid a toll? I'm actoll payer and I really dont care. If it was every week maybe I would think yeah cough up guys, but think it's great to promote the rivers and how clean they actually are. Will I be swimming in there? Nope. But I won't stop others. Its not a lot different to a road race (cycle or run). None of them pay any road tax either. Bring it on next year I say.
  7. 5 points
    batrabill please don't take the views of some members as the views of all NBN members Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
  8. 5 points
    Sunday 24th June Another 06.45am start as I wanted to fly the drone again, this time over Breydon. So after an awakening cuppa, I made my way past the train station and onto the footpath overlooking Breydon. As it was a Sunday, nobody was in the Asda car park so I had the area to myself. I sent the drone out to do its thing, noticing that the local seagulls were kicking up a right fuss. They were flying around the drone – thankfully they kept their distance. Clearly, the drone was on their patch and they sent up their big guns to escort it out of their airspace. Anyway, I got the images which I have included below. Then it was back to the boat for my first fry up breakfast of the holiday. First I needed to shave and just as I completed the task, the electric shaver started to make a fizzing sound and eventually gave up the ghost. No problem, I can always wet shave and I thought I would see what I could buy at my next overnight stop, which was going to be Potter Heigham, with a lunch break at Stokesby. Now England were playing Panama at 1pm and it was clear that everyone would be making for a mooring in time to watch the football so I thought it wise to arrive at Stokesby before midday. I could see two spaces available on the grass bank as I approached so I quickly bagged one, to be followed swiftly by a wonderful looking restored woody (pictured below). Within 15 minutes all the moorings were taken and indeed for the next hour you could see boats of all shapes and sizes fluttering around like bees returning to their hive and finding someone had blocked the entrance. As kick-off time approached, the speed of the passing craft increased in desperation to find somewhere to stop. I opted to watch the match on-board. Soon after it ended, I was on my way again towards Potter Heigham, arriving around 5pm. I made a pigs ear of the mooring though. I spied a single space on the bank opposite Herbert Woods and though the tide was flowing out, I decided to carry on to the bridge to turn as there was a fair breeze pushing me on. I thought it best to allow the breeze to act as my brake. I nosed into the space and of course the wind dropped and the current carried me around. At that moment, the occupants of the next boat offered their assistance to get Symphony alongside the bank. I thanked them then slunk back inside telling myself I had it covered anyway! (all men know this is true). Unfortunately, Lathams had closed at 4pm so I would have to wait until the morning to purchase the shaving apparatus. I noticed that the sun was shining in just the right direction to get some aerial images so at 6pm I went out with the drone again, and again some of the results are shown below. Then it was back to the boat until around 7.30pm, when it was time for some food at the Norada, which I had also visited five weeks ago. It was a lot busier today, as you would expect with the lovely weather. Families were sat outside and it really did make it a place you wanted to spend time at. Walking inside however, is like walking into a huge black tent. It is so dark until your eyes adjust to the light levels. I opted to sit outside with the families having ordered chicken strips (goujons if you want to be posh). It came with chips in a miniature frying basket – they couldn’t fool me – it had seen no action, and a side salad. The waiting staff were attentive and the meal was enjoyable. I stayed until around 9pm before returning to Symphony for the night. Breydon Looking down over the two bridges HW at Potter. Just lies the colour of the boat. Its taken from the footbridge in the yard. Potter taken from the other footbridge Stokesby. Sorry it's out of order Aerial over Potter The artistic shot
  9. 4 points
    I seem to have started this debate (for my sins) but one or two things have arisen from it. 1/. Like it or not, this event attracted no local publicity whatever. 2/. JM is right about the BA's involvement, paid by the toll payer. There would have had to be at least 2, probably 3 ranger's launches there to police the event, control traffic, provide communications and help with safety. So were their normal patrol areas still secure and patrolled, while they were uniquely engaged in this? On Sunday, the 1st July? The height of the high season? Was this really the best time of year to do this? 3/. This discussion is just conjecture. That is because no-one on this forum seems to have actually been there and seen what actually happened. 4/. Why was this? Was it because they felt it was going to be too much hassle during their cruise, and so they kept away? In which case it was an obstruction to the navigation. On Sunday, the 1st of July. 5/. I suggested, probably about 6 weeks ago, that this event in the way it was proposed, was a selfish activity. I still say so now.
  10. 4 points
    to agree to disagree would save so much moderator time generally on this forum. Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
  11. 3 points
    No, not my last post. No not the last post on the forum. No not the last post on the previous thread. But I do feel sorry for the last post! The last post at moorings that is. I'm sure its just as sturdy as the other posts! I'm sure the BA come round and give it a kick at times along with the rest of the posts when checking they are sound. Yet it seems such a lonely life for the last post at the moorings. It hardly ever seems to get used, and that seems like such a waste of moorings. Today I have virtually travelled the length of The Bure, and not seen the last post used once! Apart from just now when I moored up and decided to keep the last post company. Now I know that people come and go at moorings and you may have arrived and moored considerately and then someone leaves and it leaves an awkward gap. Do you move up again or wait and see if some else is going to leave or want you to move. However I just cannot see what is to be gained by arriving at a mooring and mooring one post from the end. You might as well leave the ten foot gap to the boat next to you, and then if it leaves then there is an even bigger gap for a boat to moor in. I think often people just moor where they've managed to step off and make contact with the bank, without any consideration to the precious resources that are public mooring spots.
  12. 3 points
    The following is intended to provide background not criticism in any way of anyone or any previous post. I didn’t take any replies to my post as critical in any way and it’s all good ... The most intimidating thing to do should you wish to be intimidating is to stay calm when confronted by swearing rudeness or aggression. It takes huge amounts of energy ( adrenaline) to stay angry and keep forcing things. No energy above normal to keep calm required. the last person to threaten to punch me was at Salhouse over 5 or six years ago now. I calmly and politely told him he was perfectly ok to try. The immediate oh sh*t moment on his face was priceless. Staying calm is easy if you want to. Being involved but not overtly intimidating is easy. Some have said and no criticism to those that deal with things differently that they would put a distance between themselves and the other protagonists. Well as someone that spent the first 20 years of my life being both physically and mentally abused, bullied, and afraid, call it what you like. I went out of my way to learn not to be intimidated and deal with things in the way I choose not the way others choose. 6 years worth of training is still there, I’m not as fit or as enthusiastic as I used to be but with age comes wisdom apparently and since I learned all that stuff ( what I learned was not a sport) I have used the physical side only once over 35 years ago now and involved the use of two fingers nothing more. The mental stuff I use all the time. I refuse to have my free time ruined by thoughtless idiots.
  13. 3 points
    Would windage be a problem or an advantage? With the wind in the right direction it might swing faster!
  14. 3 points
    Like Bill I suspect that little if any money was made by the organisers, especially as just under half the hoped for competitors entered the race. I rather suspect that all the predictions were based on the hoped for 200. My gut feeling is that this event was rather forced upon both the Broads and the Authority. Certainly I see no need to criticise the Authority on this one, they did what they had to.
  15. 3 points
    But it wasn’t “funded by the toll payer” was it? The BA has 3 primary aims. The promotion of understanding and enjoyment of the Broads is one. The BA gets £3 million pounds from the taxpayer for that. It’s NOT just Toll money! One of the things missed here is that navigation is a PART of the BAs remit. NBN members ... it’s not your river, it’s everybodies.
  16. 3 points
    Bill, you have been on this planet long enough to know that in general asking organisers or organisations a question will elicit the answer that best suits their agenda or aspirations. Whilst I see no harm in asking I also see no harm in asking outside of the box so to speak. If people want to ask questions on the forum then so be it, their prerogative. What I do think is a consideration is that the BA's involvement was probably funded by the toll payer and as such toll payers should be able to ask questions if they have concerns, safety or otherwise. The whole event passed off safely, perhaps 90 entrants was manageable thus a good starting point. I still have my reservations in regard to the hoped for 200 or more. Perhaps future events should be capped at 100? Lessons will have been learned, 'tis now over to the powers that be.
  17. 3 points
    I was one of those that had safety reservations and I am pleased that everything went off without incident although like Grendel I still have some reservations about it setting a precedent , as far as money is concerned many people use the waterways for different reasons without a financial contribution, being a boat owner I pay significant tolls that contribute to making my experience enjoyable that doesn't mean I begrudge others having access for their own pleasures including anglers and the owners of holiday homes and their guests who don`t pay a toll but contribute in other ways, not all the Broads income comes from tolls and whatever I think about the swim itself their will have been some benefit to the area so it is time to move on and just be thankful that on the day the event was a success. Fred
  18. 2 points
    Thanks for your assistance. Looks like Kings Head for the football then into the White Horse for food. I think it was the White Horse we ate at last time we visited Loddon and it was very good (though it was 7 years ago) Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
  19. 2 points
    With all those sailing folks discharging directly into the river, it's not so much swimming as going through the motions.
  20. 2 points
    The issue of fishing gear spread out at moorings is very common. So often I have seen a boat moored with 2/3 posts left clear at the end of a mooring, specifically so fishing tackle can be spread out. I believe quite a bit of mooring space is lost through such practice and people move on rather than experience the unpleasant confrontation that sometimes ensues. Personally I think it is time the BA stopped bankside fishing at all their 24 hour moorings, at least between 16 March and, say, the end of September - as they do at Bramerton. There are numerous fishing platforms and banks etc available now and anglers (unless they are boaters too) pay nothing towards the upkeep of the moorings. Boaters, hirers or privateers, can still fish from their boats. I am expecting the usual barrage of indignation at making this suggestion, seems to be the norm now so .
  21. 2 points
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  22. 2 points
    Can't see the insurance company paying for wattle and daub.
  23. 2 points
    Damn, I hate it when I have to agree
  24. 2 points
  25. 2 points
    Bill, calm down PLEASE! I suggested, and stand by it, that the BA's involvement was paid for by the toll payer, at no time did I suggest that the toll payer, or even the Authority, paid for the event, that being rescue boats and marshals etc, that's where the entrance fee came in. Interestingly had the event been a sailing boat regatta that attracted entrants from outside the area then those entrants would have paid an 'event toll' of £12.000 which I think is entirely fair. Perhaps such a toll would be appropriate for future swims? Food for thought?
  26. 2 points
    Probably not, but as I’ve said above, perhaps in the future? And the limited company thing - doesn’t the current NBN situation illustrate exactly why you would that route? The liability issues mean a Ltd Co is a straightforward way to manage it. I really do not think they made any money at all.
  27. 2 points
    Regretfully, Fred, we now live in a world where some companies, even small ones, benefit more from the charity that they purport to support than do the intended beneficiaries that us donors would hope. Yes, it does create bitterness, you are absolutely right, hence the growing need for transparency by the charities involved.
  28. 2 points
    With the greatest respect the Norfolk and Sufffolk Broads are the result of investment over hundreds of years. The EA, all the councils, central Goverment. If find the argument that ‘we paid for it’ a bit childish. Its not YOUR river, any more than it’s MINE. It belongs to everyone and everyone has contributed in numerous ways. Since the money seems important to you let’s talk about that. It’s £45 to enter the 3rivers race which helps pay for lots of things, but most work is done by volunteers. The swim, had a much smaller pool of volunteers so much was paid for directly. (Source - a chat with the organiser online.) I doubt very much if much money was made, if any. Perhaps the more grown up question is, if freeswimming is to become a regular thing, perhaps the BA could find a way of creating a contributing payment? I imagine that this event was seen as a test so perhaps if it bugs you you should ask the BA.
  29. 2 points
    Thanks for all the comments and likes. It's good to know people are reading it. Saturday 23rd June. Sorry – this is a long one. The alarm clock awoke me at 6.45am (what?) Today’s list of events included launching the drone to get aerial views of Reedham, a cruise down to Yarmouth, a train journey to Wroxham via Norwich and a viewing of Goosander, a syndicate boat. Now you know why I was up at 6.45am! Bleary eyed, I put the kettle on so I could at least have a cup of tea before I launched the drone. By 7.15am, I was down The Ship end, pleased that nobody else was about. The drone was sent on its way probably oblivious to my heart being in my mouth. It did its thing then returned back to me on command. The aerial views of Reedham below have come out well so the early start was justified. I made my way back to the boat where my thoughts turned to breakfast. There would be no time for a fry-up as I needed to get underway by 8.45am. So the compromise was a bacon sandwich, which turned out to be more than just a consolation prize. Soon it was time to leave. There was very little wind and the tide was slowly ebbing so a quick burst on the bow thruster was all that was needed to get me mid-stream. My train from Yarmouth was at 10.41 so in order to give time to get to the station and to buy a ticket, I considered an arrival at the Yacht Station anytime before 10.15am would be good. However, I did not want to arrive before 10am in the event I may be charged twice – once up to 10am and then from 10am. Probably unlikely but I was not going to take chances, so I had a 15 minute window for a comfortable arrival. So the journey down was just trying to guess the correct speed to arrive in my “comfort window”. By the time I got to Breydon, I thought I should open the throttle a little and according to the on-board gps, we were doing around 9mph. As Breydon Bridge came into sight I called the Yacht Station to check I had enough room to get under the bridges and to ask for assistance with mooring. Symphony needs 6ft 8in clearance under the bridges and at the head of Breydon, the height gauge was reading 6ft 6in, so I thought I had better ask the question. The attendant told me there was currently over 9 feet of clearance so clearly the gauge at the start of Breydon is incorrect. I advised my position and that I expected to be at the Yacht Station in around 15 minutes – which I duly was. I was alongside, ropes professionally tied by 10.15am. So no time to waste as I needed to make my way to the train station. Thankfully there was no queue for tickets and I was sat on the train ready to depart with 10 minutes to spare. The train in question is that combination of diesel loco– three carriages – diesel loco. I have seen it many times before but riding it was a first. I have pictured it below for reference but would love to know (and I am sure this has been asked before but I cannot remember the answer) why does such a short train require two massive engines? I assumed one of them would detach and have many more carriages attached at Norwich before it went somewhere more exotic but that did not happen – it just returned to Yarmouth. Surely it’s not that in the absence of a multiple unit railcar, a loco is needed at each end to avoid uncoupling and moving to the opposite end at Norwich? Surely it’s cheaper to operate a diesel multiple unit than to keep these monsters guzzling fuel all day long? Having said all that, it was a really interesting ride, plenty of acceleration where needed and comfortable coaches! At Norwich I had a 30 minute connection for Wroxham, in which I arranged to call Dawn, the lady whose share in Goosander was for sale. She had volunteered to collect me from Wroxham Station and bring me to Goosander in Horning, as the likelihood of getting a taxi at that time of the day was pretty slim. So I called but there was no answer – it went to voicemail. No problem, I thought I would try again when about to board the train. Again no answer so I left a message saying what time I would get to Wroxham. I expected a call back at any time but it did not happen. I ended up stood on Wroxham Station forecourt hoping vainly that someone would be looking for me (perhaps with a little card with my name on like at the airport?) Anyway, no card and no reception committee! I called the number again but got the same result. I thought what should I do now? This could be awkward. Anyway, I thought I should attempt to get a taxi and make my way to Boulters in Horning, where Goosander lives. Dawn and her husband had arranged to meet some other people there between 10 and 12 midday so they should be on-site. There was a list of taxi numbers at the station so I set about calling them. The first did not reply – theme developing. The second did answer and said he could be with me in 15 minutes, which I accepted. No sooner had I finished the call, than a text flashed up from Dawn saying that she had missed my call and that when she tried to call me back I was engaged. Was this developing into a situation comedy? Where’s Rodney? I called her back and this time she answered. She had listened to my voicemail and was en-route to the station. Apparently the oft mentioned Horning data black-hole was to blame. I frantically called the taxi man back to avoid him having a wasted journey within 20 minutes I had been picked up and was now sitting comfortably on Goosander. Well, I was not going to let on so early but yes, a deal was going to be done. She is a lovely boat and has been kitted out with several features which assist the humble solo sailor. It has a reverse view video screen – you know what I mean. It has a centre cleat making it easier to secure the boat when mooring and of course in has bow-thrusters. So soon enough, I was being transported back to Wroxham where I could withdraw a £300 holding deposit with a view to paying the rest when I got home. Job done! So after a celebratory McFlurry in McDonalds, I made my way back to the station for the return journey to Norwich where my carriage (and two great thumping diesels) awaited me. I got back to the boat around 5pm and just chilled out (warmed down in football speak) until around 6.00pm. I had planned to fly the drone at this time to take images over the Yacht Station area. Pleased to say it went without a hitch and some of the results are shown below. Straight after, I visited the Kings Arms. I sat in the beer gardens at the back – it had been a hot day. I ordered the cottage pie which was delightful. It came with lots of gravy and various vegetables. By 8pm I was done and made my way back to the boat for the rest of the evening. What a day! Reedham That train Goosander Yarmouth Yacht STation
  30. 1 point
    With apologies to the Clean Bandit song, which seems appropriate under the circumstances, here is my tale of a week aboard Silver Symphony from the 22nd June 2018 Friday 22nd June Unlike the trip to the Broads last month where I travelled down by train, this time my journey from darkest Yorkshire is by car so all the “necessities” will be accompanying me. So non-stick frying pan packed “tick”. I set off at 7.30am and after a pretty uneventful journey including en-route stops at McDonalds and Morrisons in Norwich, I arrived in Brundall around 12.30. I had called Silverline earlier in the week so I was aware I was too early to take over Silver Symphony. So I had lunch in the Yare (The pub not the river). This is one pub Doreen and I visited every time we were in Brundall so over the years we must have been in there for a meal around 50 times since 1973. That’s possibly more regular that some regulars! I plumped for the Chicken Pieces in Batter, which was very nice. Soon after it was time to make my way to the yard. I was their first arrival, which was pleasing as I wanted to be out on the river a.s.a.p. to head for Reedham, which I considered might be busy on a Friday evening – a boat hand back day. As I stepped aboard Symphony I couldn’t help but remember the last time I was on her was a wholly happier affair with Doreen two years ago. We had a great fortnight then and I was wondering how I would fill a week on my own. It was a windy day and memories of my trip last month on Brinks Jazz reminded me how difficult solo sailing can be in those conditions. Colin, the yard owner asked me where I intended to stop for the first night. When I said Reedham, he advised against it as the wind would be driving down the moorings. I told him I needed to be in Reedham tonight or risk not getting to Yarmouth early tomorrow. I said I would be fine (not sure I believed it though!). So all loaded up and hand-over completed I tentatively made my way out of the yard and down the dyke to the freedom of the River Yare. Eventually, first the chain ferry, then that large pyramid shaped crane passed me by before the quayside at Reedham came into view. The moorings were quite full but there was still enough room for around 3 more boats so I settled for a space just after the Lord Nelson’s own moorings. The tide was flowing in so the manoeuvre was straight forward, approaching slowly and allowing the “stream” to push the boat to a halt alongside. I ran out of the door, gripping the rope as I went by and secured it around the forward mooring post. The current was keeping the back of the boat alongside, so there was no panic to get to it before it careered out into the river. So all tied up, I went back on-board and realised that the wind had dropped to a breeze and that’s why there had been no mooring shenanigans. I was grateful that I had hired a boat which I was familiar with. As I had already eaten “out”, I set about making myself a sandwich for the evening before popping out to The Ship for a pint and to read my paper. I only stayed for an hour or so as I wanted to get back for a “relatively” early night. Tomorrow was going to be quite hectic and involved another daft o-clock (for a holiday) rise. More on that tomorrow.
  31. 1 point
    When I would hire boats I often used the last post - the reason was, as some may be aware hire boats batteries are not always the best so, I would moor with the stern on the end of the mooring facing away from everyone else - thus the last post was utilised. If I needed to get the engine on to get a boost of voltage to get the heater going, then at least I would cause the least disturbance. However, I have noticed for some time now that generally people like to leave a bit of space between boats - and I don't mean just a single post say - 3 foot - no, it can be a good 5 foot and gets repeated down the length of mooring. I is guess work of course, but it often looks as though at least one, maybe two more boats could have been accommodated if everyone had moored a bit closer. Now here is something to ponder, what about the cases when you've moored and people have come and gone and things have changed about a bit to when you first arrived, do you move your boat along that bit closer to the boat that is now along from you to give a bit more space - or do you leave well alone, after all you were moored well before people came and went so why be the one to move up a bit?
  32. 1 point
    I think the simple answer is no one. Times when you wish you were six foot six and seventeen stone One reason why we try to go mid May to Mid June and of course December and February when fishermen are very thin on the ground anyway, mostly using small dorys for some reason if they are out, rather than moorings thankfully.
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    Definitely Kings Head. £1 a pint off and free shot everytime England score. As for the Swan used once never again . Vodka orange cost me £1.50 for shot of orange. Koolwabbit
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    I applaud your post Mr VC, as there does seem to be a few on here with too much time on their hands that want to pick fault with anything that they can moan about from their armchair, but please don't get me started on the few that want to disrupt the NBN!
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    kings head is highly likely as it's a sporty pub, close to the river too.
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    And don't confuse the backstroke with "Periscope sighted at Geldeston"
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    We use one of these, on a pole, no booster and not found anywhere it doesn't get a signal. https://www.screwfix.com/p/labgear-mini-compact-log-periodic-aerial/67576
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    This is the booster https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F290753262905 The key to it is mounting the aerial at a decent height without obstructions, possibly difficult to do unless its mounted on a pole.
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    Beware of the freshwater flounder!
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    I also swim but be careful if you go to Geldeston there are some folks that like to swim there "sans Vestements" so to speak. Which whilst perfectly ok is a little unexpected the first time witnessed. he he M
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    Firstly I have read back, both our contributions. Secondly, without wishing to extend what is fast becoming an argument, I'm quite happy for others to decide for themselves on this one, as is their right of course!
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    JM I fully agree that's why without being uncharitable I have very little to do with charities or fund raising in general preferring to make any contribution in differing forms. Fred
  44. 1 point
    Shall we agree that it is impossible to completely separate the two budgets? That there will always be blurring?
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    Blimey, is it the “reasonable” part or the “debate” ? Reasonable - I think many people here behave like they’ve paid their tolls so they own the river. Evidence? As you can see above, JM suggesting toll payers paid for the swim event, and me pointing out the BA have £3 million quid to pay for other stuff. Is that reasonable? Am I not pointing out that these facts are wrong? Is that not debate?
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    Unfortunately its a fact of life that we all suffer inconvenience for the benefit of others at some time or other and I am sure others feel the same about me, to put a monetary value on it just leads to bitterness instead of tolerance. Fred
  47. 1 point
    In norfolk that depends on the council, there was an idiot from the council proudly anouncing more cycling Zebra crossings for Norwich. Pity the highway code states Zebra crossings are for pedestrians only. Therefore the council is encouraging illegal cycling.
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    The Waveney is not a particularly busy river (boating wise) so any disruption would have been to a relatively few users. That disruption, as I recall, was a loss of one or two mooring spots on route and an instruction to follow advice from the course marshalls. The river remained open for all. It feels that some on here are still striving to stop future similar events and trying to concoct any reason to support that action.
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    First thing we changed John. I can't think of a more wasteful use of valuable clean water on a boat with restricted supply than to flush down Urine and faeces with it. Doh ! Not to mention connecting, no matter how protected the clean water to the bowl of the bog which is also then connected to the black water.. Helooo. Eliminate the risk altogether, save money and save the valuable resource which is clean drinking water. Simples.... And before anyone asks no the river water does not smell the cabin out. It may have done in the 1970's but not today. Flushing the loo when crossing Breydon can also give a salty tang to the air ...LOL Cheaper than air freshener......
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