Two Rivers Cruise – June 2012

Two Rivers Cruise – June 2012

Saturday morning saw 9 boats and 20 people assemble at Marconi sailing club for a little return trip to Burnham on Crouch.

A northerly F3/4 wind and fine conditions ensured a swift beam reach down the Blackwater. This was  followed by a beaching at Brightlingsea’s Mersea Stone for a lunch stop whilst we awaited the tide to rise in the Thames – we were to cross the Ray sands drying channel no earlier than LW+2. A due southerly course took us across the sands and we picked up the flood up the Crouch and into to Burnham. Great early evening sail followed by a short paddle/row/motor into the yacht harbour. Lots of transferring people and gear between campsite and marina and then an evening meal in the Anchor hotel.

We woke to a similar forecast on Sunday morning, more movement of people and gear; for some a stop off at the local café for a full English. A northerly F3/4 in bright sunshine ensured a beam reach down the Crouch on the ebb, before once again crossing the sands and heading northwards;  a two and a half  hour close-hauled hack.

The welcome rounding into the Blackwater, followed by a quick lunch stop on a rapidly disappearing spit, and we were soon back at Marconi sailing club and saying our fond farewells.

54 miles in total, not bad at all.

Leaving Burnham


Lunch on the Blackwater