Dinghy Cruise Day 3 – Walton to Levington, via Pin Mill
Dinghy Cruise Day 3 – Walton to Levington, via Pin Mill by tomski
Set off just before 10am in grey rain, with F2 from the South West, accompanied by assorted dinghies from the Dinghy Cruising Association who were exploring the Backwaters.
Colder weather had seen to the thunder, but the wind freshened from the SSW once we had cleared Stone Point, and we reefed the main and furled the genoa, broad reaching towards Felixstowe docks. Bumpy, F4 to 5, with more than the odd white horse. Our decision to give the Deben Bar a miss, and head past Harwich & Felixstowe and into the River Orwell had been wise.
Once past the Harwich breakwater, we lowered the main and ran in past Felixstowe container port on genoa alone. Dreadful weather, incessant heavy rain. Thermos proved invaluable in keeping spirits high. Wind dropped dramatically as we entered the Orwell proper, and we raised full sail and gently made out way to Pin Mill, where we fancied lunch in the pub.
Sadly, we’d misjudged the tide – even in Neaps there is no access to the hard near low tide at Pin Mill. So we sailed swiftly back to Levington (aka Suffolk Yacht Harbour) on a freshening breeze. Nearly came a cropper on the mud near the entrance by taking too long to lower the main and take to the oars. 14Nm sailed.
Lunch in Haven Ports Yachts Club – a converted Lightship – marked the end of an excellent three days cruise – nearly 50Nm in difficult conditions. I think Stephen enjoyed it. I certainly did.