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Levington, Suffolk UK
Thursday 15th Aug. A bus ride N along the coast to the
Fortified by lunch we took the coast path (
Walking back UP to the bus stop for
Friday (16th Aug). After an early bridge Arcarius, a Southerly
42, was rafted alongside. They too were
going round the
Our original plan for the day to kayak up the river Esk from
the marina was scuppered by the discovery that about a mile up the water was
licensed & we would probably have to use hire boats for that bit. So instead we set off to cycle the Cinder
Trail, a disused railway path, now part of National Cycle Route 1 (again). Leaving
Sat (17th Aug). Off early to do (successfully this time) the Cinder Trail as far as Robin Hood’s Bay, couldn’t resist walking down to the pretty village, before returning to the boat in time to beat the forecast bad weather.
A very nice ride, lovely views over the coast, & even the climb of over 200ft was relatively painless because of the “railway” gradient. About 15 M.
The wind & rain duly arrived, but we dodged the worst of
the wet to go out for fish & chips (compulsory in
Sunday 18th August. We took a short stroll along the Esk as far as the viaduct.
The rain had passed & the wind was decreasing as
forecast, so we opted to depart at the 12.30 bridge lift to ensure we had
daylight for the approach to
Outside the harbour conditions were rather friskier than
inside the marina/harbour & more (W to NW 5 gusting 6/7) than expected from
the forecast (4 dropping), with quite a swell still running. Hoisted main with 2 reefs & left some
rolls in the genny, then as we gybed onto our course down the coast there was a
loud bang, & the main went slack.
The outer sheath on the halyard had parted, luckily the inner core had
held & seemed undamaged. We
cautiously tightened things up & hoped no changes would be needed that
would cause the sheath to jam, until we had sorted something to encase &
smooth the frayed edges. It was a point
of sailing the boat loves & with the tide helping she rollicked along
leaping from wave top to wave top – quick, but not particularly
comfortable. With a course almost
parallel to the Yorkshire coast we passed
The wind continued to drop & mid evening the engine went
on to maintain our speed over the ground.
Still lots of birds plus several large gas rigs insight. (19th Aug). The wind continued
light, in the early hours 3 large ships passed, presumably inbound to the
Sad to pass the lighthouse at Orford Ness, now de-commissioned, as the sea is reclaiming the shingle bank on which it stands.
Mid afternoon the wind finally settled to give us a fast close reach down the coast, a lovely sail to end our journey.
7.30pm. Arrived back in our berth at Levington in time for supper.
206.9 nm in 31˝ hrs.