Sailing on the East Coast May B/H Weekend

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Sailing trip to the East coast, picking up the boat on Friday at Bradwell Marina on the river Blackwater and returning on Monday afternoon.

If traveling by train, take the line out of Liverpool Street to Southminster, then a cab to Bradwell Marina. See the joining instructions for more detail. If coming by car, there's plenty of parking at the marina (£1 coin).

Depending how promptly people arrive on Friday night we can take a stroll through the wooded riverside trail from the marina to Pin Mill and take a at the famous Butt and Oyster pub. This is a very popular pub/restaurant and last orders for meals are taken at 9:30pm so if we are going to do this I'll book a table in advance. Alternatively we can eat at the marina bar, but it's not a patch on the Butt and Oyster. Bring your head torches for the walk back!,

Then on Saturday, depending on the conditions, we'll set sail, out to the Principality of Sealand, around the Gunfleet Windfarm, through the Spitway and on to West Mersea where we'll pick up a mooring for the evening and take the water taxi ashore. There are numerous watering holes on Mersea Island and two absolutely fantastic seafood restaurants with very reasonable prices, or choose one of the local pubs after a walk around the village.

On Sunday we'll hug the shore and sail around the end of both Clacton and Walton Pier on our return to the Orwell. boat we'll be using is a 38 footer, not unlike a Sigma 38, very stable and a powerful sailing vessel which is commercially coded. On this trip she'll accommodate 5 crew members plus myself. As a professional skipper I'll be on board to assist everyone to ensure you get the most out of this trip. I'm quite happy for others to take the lead on navigation, helming, trimming e.t.c. and if you want to develop your skills further I can assist you with that.

This weekend is suitable for complete newcomers to sailing, and also for those with some skippering experience who'd like to develop their techniques further. If you've never sailed on the East Coast you're in for a very pleasant surprise.

The cost of the weekend will be £195 per crew member (as long as we fill the boat), which will include provision of breakfasts and lunch on board as I'll do the provisioning. We'll share the costs of marina / mooring fees. All evening meals will be taken ashore.

Crew members should bring their own, sleeping bags, waterproof clothing e.t.c. The boat will provide lifejackets and other essential safety equipment.

Here's to a great weekend.