‘Undina’ Premonitions

15th August Brightlingsea to The Orwell.

Was an odd day.  

0600 UTC Inshore forecast was E veering S later 3 or 4, inc 5 or 6 for a time.

1200-1800 UTC Coastal Thames was E becoming S 4-5 becoming 3-4.

HW Brightlingsea was 10.35 BST.

We had a good crew:-  James Anderson and his son and daughter Finbar and Maddie. James’s eldest daughter Nina was with us and had done a lot of sailing too but probably not as keen as her siblings.  Very capable none the less.  Nina had a friend from Cambridge who was not a sailor…

We were underway at 1100 BST and half an hour later we were sailing with a reefed main and small hanked on jib.

The wind was building and by the time we started up The Wallet it was NE6’s with seas building.  I was hoping for more E in the wind.

Nothing much was uncomfortable but Nina’s friend was not feeling great.  I just felt things were wrong.

James A suggested another reef in the main and continuing.  With everything grey I aborted the trip and we returned to Brightlingsea entering the Creek just after 1430.

Baring in mind what happened a week later it is pretty certain we would have had steering failure on this trip.  See the next blog..




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