Suffolk Yacht Harbour Classics Regatta, June 2022

Steve’s confident the boat is ready and registers for the Suffolk Yacht Harbour Classics Regatta, Friday 10 – Sunday 12 June, 2022. PJ and Ben are confirmed as crew and Bev will bring provisions by car to Levington on Saturday, when she returns from Derbyshire. The weather looks promising although the tides aren’t ideal for planning a passage out of the Deben, with high water early morning or in the evening. PJ’s working but will try to get down to Woodbridge on Thursday. As luck would have it, he arrives just in time to sneak over the Marina sill on the evening tide at 2030, and they motor down to Ramsholt to pick up Billy’s buoy. It’s an early start on Friday, slipping the buoy to motor down to Felixstowe Ferry and cross the Deben Bar at 0600. They motor down the coast against wind and tide in a rather lumpy sea arriving in Harwich Harbour at 0930. Breakfast of mushrooms was on offer until they opened the box and decided against it – they’d been tucked away in the van for a couple of weeks at least! After an enjoyable sail up the Stour to Wrabness and back they went into Suffolk YH at Levington to moor up in front of the Lightship with other boats gathering for the Classics.

Racing is due to start on Saturday at 1040. Just before the start, they witnessed a potentially dangerous collision between ‘Rely’ and ‘Lynx’. Steve and his crew decide to ‘follow the fleet’, rather than race, and are surprised to find they’re given third place at the end of the day! They have a most enjoyable day sailing ‘round the cans’ returning to SYH at around 1600 where Bev was waiting having returned from Derbyshire. The weather was glorious, with a sunny, warm evening spent on the deck of ‘Cachalot’ eating pizzas and enjoying the company of several ‘Young Gaffers’ who had been racing on ‘Sweet Return’.

Steve had given the main cabin bunks to PJ and Ben so Bev joined him in the forepeak – it’s just about comfortable enough for two, but VERY low on headroom! The forecast for Sunday was less windy so Steve took out the reef and Bev joined the crew for another enjoyable day following the fleet out in the bay. It takes us a very long time to tack back into Harwich Harbour and we finally arrive at 1800. The Lightship is closed and we manage to rustle up a meal on board for four from tins of curry and some rice found in one of the lockers. It’s an early rise on Monday 13 June with HW at Woodbridge Haven, 1125. ‘Cachalot’ leaves her berth at 0730 to motor sail up the coast in fair winds and crosses the Deben Bar at 1015, arriving back in the Tidemill YH 1230.

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