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Thanks for posting the update, Griff. Apology from Sentinel accepted, as far as I'm concerned. Mistakes and confusion happen in life. And given the tragic circumstances, entirely understandable. As my old mum said, "If you make a mistake, own up, pay up, and shut up".

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Thanks to all who made this event happen, from the venue, the music, the food (so much food) and the hoards of happy people up for a chat.  I hope there isn’t a parallel thread about noisy partygoers at Beccles yacht station!

“Now can we get back to photo's and the like being posted up, surely someone has a few from the MTB102 and Humber sea trip?  -  From what I hear the sea conditions were ideal and paddle boarders could have made the journey on the day, let alone our motley flotilla of river boats and dedicated sea craft.! “

I was staying quiet at the risk of making you jealous Griff, but since you ask…

It was a frantic start to Saturday morning; we had berthed at Beccles after hearing about the events of Friday, the closure of the lock, and being unsure whether the MTB/Humber trip was going ahead or not.  At 9:00am I contacted Newsomes, who confirmed that they were continuing as planned and would be departing at 10:45 sharp.  There followed a rush around to pick up some essentials and organise a taxi and before we knew it we were stood aboard MTB102 chatting to fellow passengers in the morning sun.

After a quick briefing from Richard Bassey, we hopped over to Humber and set out into Lowestoft harbour and began the slow amble down towards the bridge following on behind MTB102.  By now, the sun was very hot, and we were regretting out lack of sun-cream – presumably we would be fully toasted by 3:00 when we were to return, but so be it.

Once out at sea, it was a bit cooler, and, once past the chop directly outside the harbour entrance the sea became very calm, ideal for a few photo opportunities with the boats accelerating past each other a few times before settling into the cruise towards Great Yarmouth.  Unfortunately, we quickly entered a sea mist, meaning for most of the cruise there was a hazy view of the coast, the other boat, and not a lot else, but it was all fun boating none-the-less, and a bit of time to chat and have a look around Humber.

Once we arrived off Great Yarmouth there was time for a bit of playing, testing the turning circles of each craft, generally having a go on the helm before we came to a stop to let MTB102 raft up alongside.  We swapped over to the MTB before casting off and continuing our games for a short while and generally starting to head southbound.

Humber had started to drop back from us, and before long we had a radio call to say that there was a lot of smoke in the engine room.  The plan would be to make for Lowestoft on one engine, which seemed fine for a short while.  It wasn’t long until progress stopped again, and we had  a call to say Humber had lost drive from the other engine.  There then followed some diagnosis and a decision to limp back to Lowestoft under low power from the smoking engine which seemed to be able to manage this.

There followed a relatively uneventful trip back to Lowestoft at speeds a river-boat would have been more than comfortable with.  After some drama with Humber circling the harbour unable to disengage forward gear, the bridge opened and we proceeded towards the yard, as we arrived, Humber was just making a good effort of berthing under no power Richard slipped MTB102 onto her berth.

After more chat, we got a lift back to Beccles (thanks Dean) and had a well needed coffee before starting on the evening’s fun.

All in a fantastic and memorable trip out – many thanks to Richard and the crews of MTB102 and Humber, and I hope you have resolved the issues with Humber.

Not that many photos as once you have one picture of a grey boat in a grey sea on a grey misty day…

MTB102 leaving the yard

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In the harbour


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In the sunshine off Lowestoft


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She only does around 25 knts now, she must have looked amazing when she could do 50!


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It's a pity the soundtrack is missing - that is also fantastic!


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Playing off Great Yarmouth


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And not to forget Humber


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Hi Tricxy great photos thank you, but, always a but, do you have any more of Humber I have yet to see her in the flesh. She fascinates me.

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