Sunday, 16 May 2010

And this is one of the ships I help with ..

1978. Great Yarmouth. Lydia Eva steams out of harbour leading The Tall Ships Race out onto their next leg. 15th May 2010; 32 years later, she finally steams back into Great Yarmouth. It has taken many thousands of volunteer hours, dedication spanning decades and lots of help from local businesses to achieve.
I hope the visitors to Great Yarmouth come aboard in their droves to appreciate the last surviving and sea-worthy example of her type.
For more details please visit Lydia Eva's website

Friday, 7 May 2010

Reversing Moonfleet - much better with practice

Today DW and I took our DS out for a Wedding Anniversary cruise. We pottered down the river to St Olaves, found moorings at The Bell but could not moor 'stern to' as the pub requests because we cannot disembark round the outboard. This was not a problem as there were only 2 boats on the whole mooring and Moonfleet is so small it takes up little more space 'side-on' than a holiday cruisers stern. Having climbed up and pottered to the pub we discovered it was not open yet so wandered over to Bridge Stores where a lovely lady told us some of the history of our home boatyard and offered us a new horn for Moonfleet.
Wandering back to the pub we enjoyed an early lunch then a quick trip back up the river and a much better effort at reversing into our mooring had us all tied up, tidied up and heading home via Morlings to collect her re-strung Mandola.