Third “English Raid” - Shotley, Essex. 1st - 5th August 2012

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The English Raid /Raid England, had explored the Solent in 2010 and 2011.

Now in it's third year it moved to Suffolk/Essex for 2012, providing new experiences and challenges for regular Raiders.

Well done Moray MacPhail!

Video by Graeme Ratten - 4 minutes

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Heading for Manningtree
Heading for
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Nearing Manningtree
Fleet in Harwich Harbour
Fleet in
Harwich Harbour

Wednesday 1st August
Launched at Wolverstone Marina. Gentle cruise downriver. Some trigger happy skipper on a coaster enjoyed trying out his horn at Molly's expense. Aghast at the scale of Felixtowe container terminal. Straightforward entry to Shotley Marina, our base for the Raid.

Thursday 2nd August
Lovely sail westward, upriver,to Manningtree. Moored to buoys and ferried to a warm welcome and refreshments at the Stour Sailing Club. After lunch, tricky exit due to rapidly falling tide. Care needed negotiating shallows off commercial wharf at Mistley. Gaining better depth and excellent wind, Molly was soon flying along as if she was running down a conveyor belt, and made impressive speed to Harwich Town Quay. Visit to the vintage lightship followed by supper at Harwich Sailing Club. Swift sail back to Shotley under gib alone.

Friday 3rd August
The trip southward down the coast to Walton Backwaters was cancelled due to poor weather and replaced by a race northward up The Orwell and back to Suffolk Yacht Harbour.
The return to Shotley involved brisk winds and choppy water especially off Felixtowe. Lots of quick reactions required from the "mobile ballast".

Saturday 4th August
Lovely race up the stour to Ipswich and lunch at the Orwell Yacht Club.
Afternoon race back down to Shotley.
Evening walk for dinner and prizegiving at Pin Mill Yacht Club.

Sunday 5th August
Dawn was bright and beautiful, and the weather was not bad either. Free sail southward out to the "open space" of the estuary then return upriver to slip out at Woolverstone.

Molly's crew (softies?) greatly enjoyed the "luxury" of a rented cottage, especially those allocated to the, albeit open-plan, converted boathouse right on the bank of the Orwell.

Full praise to Moray MacPhail for a thoroughly well organised event making clever use of Shotley as a base with inland or more exposed options for varied trips each day, and skilful adjustment when the weather would otherwise have defeated us.

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Fleet in Harwich Harbout

Harwich Harbour
Molly & Seagul, Harwich

From Chris
From Chris N

Passing friends
Passing friends

Shotley Marina Lock
Shotley Marina Lock

Our boathouse
Our boathouse accommodation

Birdseye view of our cottage

Our accoommodation
Our riverside accommodation
View from our accommodation
View from accommodation
A seal on the beach

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