Sailing 2004

Charles Stock - Sailing in Shoal Waters in 2004.

23rd January – Jim hired a Sigma 36 from Southhampton – Hamble marina for Friday night – Round the Isle of Wight in perfect conditions on Saturday to Yarmouth – Visited Cowes and Folly on Sunday 65 miles.

March 13th – launched

16 - To Maldon on tide

18/20 – Mersea, Strood and Ray Island - BSC 25miles.

22 - Round Northey and Fullbridge.

26/29 Hired Hustlers One and Two – Jim and sons Daniel and Ryan – Upton dyke- Ranworth – Hickling – Horsea – Upton dyke .

1st April – round Northey to Sadds

6/13 – West Mersea – Burnham – Shalfleet – Conyer creek – Havengore - Wivenhoe

BSC 154 miles

Two afternoon trips on tide with Joy (Chris on holiday).

3 May – trip to East Mersea Bn and BSC 20

5/6 – Rat I and Point Clear Creek to study shifting shingle - BSC 25

12/19m – Ipswich – Manningtree – Snape – Butley river – Woodbridge

Walton Backwaters - BSC 160

24/25 – With Joy to Lawling for night – Mersea at LW - BSC 20

1st/3rd June – To Maldon - Mersea with Joy – Fish dinner- BSC 25 7/9 – To Ray Island – Colne beach – Rowhedge – Rat I – BSC 30

14/16 – To Ray I. - Woodrolfe Ck – Flood – Osea –Lawling- BSC 25

21/22 – St Lawrence Bay - West Mersea – BSC 20

25/30 – Walton Bustway –Ipswich – Pin Mill – Bridge – Parkston

  Bustway – Rd Horsea – Bustway – BSC 100

2nd July – Overnight to meet Balmoral on visit to Maldon. Duff Info!

5/7 – West Mersea – Colne Beach – St Osyth – Ray I – NE gales - BSC 25

10th – Day sail Osea area

12/14th – Faversham Ck – Milton Ck – Lower Halstow – Havengore - BSC 100

21/23 – Key Reach – Battlesbridge – BSC 75

28/30 – Lawling Creek – Colne beach – Maldon - BSC 20

3/5 August – Ray I – Virley/Salcot – Ray I and BSC via Bradwell 30

14/18 – With Jim on Summer Wind from Amble to Hamble. 485miles

25/26 – Lawling Creek and West Mersea - BSC 20

30/2nd Sept – Rochford – Pyfleet – BSC 64

4/7 – Walton Backwaters (Bustway) 65

15/17 – B`sea – Colchester - BSC 40

19/23 – St Peters – Denghie Lighters – Ray Island 35

Total nautical miles in Shoal Waters to date, - 1078.

83 days or part days afloat – 52 nights aboard.

All trips made from and to my mooring at the Blackwater S.C. No engine used; no tows accepted. A little auxiliary power in flat calm from a paddle and a quant.

The Bustway is a tiny, superbly sheltered, anchorage deep in the southern end of Hamford Water recommended by John Lewis in his book, A TASTE FOR SAILING.