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Hi Got back yesterday after a long journey from Stalham to North Hampshire. Traffic everywhere, five and a half hours, forty mins of that was getting out of the services on the M11 near Stansted. We all had a wonderful time and I am just looking to book for next May. I will attempt to do a write up later on in the week. I would like to give a big thanks to the guy on Ruby Gem 1 who helped us moor at Sutton on Friday night. Reverse parking into a slot not much bigger than the boat with a very strong wind from the stern. Could not have done it without your help.  Cheers

Ian

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i thought i was gonna read your holiday tale  Confused

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Yeah please follow with the holiday tale as we're all wondering just how good it was !!




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Saturday 14th
Leave home at 08:00, Rain all of the way to Norfolk. On the A11, we have to slow right down as the rain is so hard we find it difficult to see with the wipers on as fast as they will go. We arrive at Stalham just after 12:00 and park in Tescos. Sara goes shopping and I am off to the angling shop for maggots and bits of tackle. We get a call to say that my daughter, son in law and two grand kids have arrived as well. That is eight of us in all on Broads Sunrise for the week, me, Sara (SWMBO), two daughters, one son, one son in law and two grand kids.

We arrive and all check in, then get the life jackets. The Boat should have been ready by 13:00, but is slightly late as they are still working to empty the loos. Some one had put nappy wipes in them and they do not break down.

We then unpack, park the cars and hand over they keys. Nathan (Son in law) has the handover lesson as it is his first time and we pick up the row boat. First time with one of these and I had to keep reminding myself that it was there when mooring (more about that later). We are off before 14:00 with the sun shinning and it is not too windy. We are off to South Walsham Broad for our first night so that we can get a Chinese takeaway (it is my turn to cook). Nathan is at the helm until we get to Ludham where I take over and take us through the bridge. No one coming so sound the horn and straight through. We then come across a wherry being pushed along by a small boat with an outboard. We followed this to the mouth where he waved us past. The slow pace gave us time to take in the sun and some photos. Slowly down Fleet Dyke and moor at the 24hr moorings near the end. We turned the boat round so that we would be facing the right way for an early start in the morning to catch the slack water at 09:15. My daughter wants to get to Norwich for the next day (I must be mad)

We spend some time straightening the boat up and then take a walk into South Walsham. Nice walk to the Kings head where we order a take away to be delivered for about half an hour after we expect to get back. We arrived back and the meal was thirty mins later than us. Food was excellent and the washing up was minimal.

Grand kids to bed then fishing, games and chat and we follow them as well.  The pick up service at Richardsons was up to the usual good standard and they gave a thorough handover. The boat was really nice but could have done with more storage space, especially as we had two under three with all the stuff that they bring. Both bathrooms are a bit tight, but then I am not the thinnest boater in the world.

Next instalment to follow, that is if I have not put you all to sleep.
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Ian

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Please carry on Ian...  I, too, was a little disappointed when I thought I would have to wait days for the tale to start!

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Sunday 15th

Up early so that we can head off to catch the slack water at GY.  Take a few photos of the sun coming up and then start the engine and untie the ropes, remembering to lift up the mud weight. I got in the habit of always putting the mud weight down after being woken up at about 2:00 in the morning at Norwich and looking out of the window to see a cruiser floating past. It took ages to wake them up (that was back in 1985 and the local kids loved to untie the boats as they went past we had been warned before hand)

I slowly get the boat under way trying not to wake others and headed back up Fleet Dyke. It is one of my favourite times of the day on the rivers with the sun coming up and a slight mist. On to the Bure and off towards Acle, Past Lord Paul moored up just as Nathan got up. We were near Stokesby before the rest of them got up, even the Grand Kids woke up late (lulling me into a false sense of security, that was the last morning that they did that) We hit Breydon at about 09:10 and headed across towards Reedham, along way to Norwich. I had originally planned to stop at Reedham so the they could get the train to GY for the day but the weather forecast was not looking good so a request was made for Norwich. Nathan had fun trying to judge the ferry but did a good job (first time on the broads, or boat for that matter)

It was a windy day and we past a yacht that was tacking across the river, then he caught the wind and was off he overtook us again. He was really hard over (see pic). A ranger came past and put his slow down sign up at them with a smile on his face. Nearly pulled into Bramerton, but lost the vote Daughter has veto!

We eventually moor up at the Norwich Yacht Station. Fairly full so we moor right up at the top end the wind is straight down the river towards the Station. Spend some time stretching the legs around town and the Cathedral. When we get back we see a gap further up and as we need water we untie and go for it. I send my wife (sorry ask her nicely) down on the path to receive the stern rope as the wind is from the stern and I can see it coming round it we don’t catch it. Not all went to plan. She caught the bow rope and stood there. As predicted the wind caught the stern. A bit of shuffling and a quick turn round and we approach from the other direction. Now if it had been a perfect mooring would there have been anyone watching? You guessed it, there on the other side of the river barely containing themselves were two elderly gentlemen enjoying the scene. I did spot urzzz1871 moored up on Silver Illusion.

We finished the day with some fishing and another early night, Off the Lodden tomorrow.
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Will post pics as soon as I can remember how to reduce the file size.

Ian

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Ludham Bridge Day 1. I am the Large one steering next is SWMBO holding Joey Grandson number 1

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Day 1 Wherry on the Ant just below Ludham Bridge

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Would have been if I had attached the pic. Opps

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Another shot, Surrounded by Sailies

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