mbird Posted May 17, 2010 Share Posted May 17, 2010 Hi All This weekend was planned as a lads jolly, with Col and I taking Serenity out through Yamrouth and to Oulton Broad via Lowestoft on Saturday, then doing the return trip on Sunday. I had already booked Haven Bridge during the week, and it then transpired Ian (Senator) was also doing the same run, so we had a mini Salty Bottom convoy. It was actually very helpful having Ian infront of us and picking up on his radio protocol through Yarmouth, never having been through there before. The bridge lift and trip out through Yarmouth all went smoothly. When we exited the pier heads we were presented with about a 1m beam sea from the north which rolled us about a bit! As we turned south for Lowestoft, it became a quite noticable swell on our port quarter, but even so 22kts and a bit of anticipation from me on the helm meant it was no real problem and we soon settled into the rhythm. Ian was on his flybridge and looked as though he could reach out an touch the water as he had a rather exaggerated list, but he seemed happy enough We made the 14:30 Lowestoft lift and so up to Oulton Broad for the night, with a few beers (well ok, quite a lot) a curry, some live music and good conversation. (Comment was made, however, by one inhebriated young lady that Col and I looked either like brothers or lovers. Not too sure which I prefer ) Sunday morning was bright, though windy (from the west), and started around 8am with a nice clear head, a good fry-up, and then preparing to go through Mutford at 10:30. We made a complete hash of leaving the boat we were rafted to, which nearly saw Serenity being blown down the broad with us still standing on Meluha . Several lessons were learned in those 5 minutes, but luckily a bruised hand and couple of pulled muscles were the only result. I was completely astonshed by the pressure generated by just a brisk breeze on the side of Serenity, even though her canopies were off. Until you've felt that through a rope and realise how hard it is for two quite big blokes to fight it, you have no idea just how much these planing hulls get blown around Having made the 11:15 bridge lift (just!), we followed Clandestine into Hamilton Dock to have a quick cuppa at the Haven Marina pontoons. Quite a decent spot albeit rather industrial, but still a viable alternative if RNSYC is too busy! A good run up to Yarmouth with a calm sea with just enough chop to make it fun, and we were at Yarmouth. I thought the harbour entrance was further south that it actually is, and so made a rather fetching "Z" approach, but we got there in the end. Arriving at Haven Bridge about half an hour early, we moored at Town Hall Quay, and a quick dash into town had us returning 20 mins later with a KFC to top up that mornings brekkie. Through the bridge on time, and then under the side span at Breydon Bridge (there are advantages to only being little ) and I was munching cold KFC at 25kts over Breydon . Another good weekend, in good company, with experience gained and a couple of very valuable lessons learned. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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