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Dec-23-2005 @ 10:44 PM                           Permalink
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Hi

With 2005 coming to an end I thought it would be interesting to find out what everyone would rate as their single best day on the Broads in 2005. Maybe one special event that couldn't be beaten or just a whole perfect day.


Our one is easy..........

MONDAY 12th SEPTEMBER

Monday 12th September was our first day back on a boat on the Broads for 20 years and was a day which just for us sums up the appeal of the Broads. We had that nervous anticipation of wondering whether we would be able to remember how  to handle  a boat, moor it up without doing damage to our boat, someone elses boat, the moorings or some unfortunate duck. The Drama of our boats fuel pump packing up 10 minutes down the river - very quickly back on the river,  so very little time missed and a free bottle of wine for our troubles!

We had the sheer excitement of cruising off down the river again, wondering if things had changed much in 20 years, wondering what adventures we may have, spotting waterbirds and wildflowers, studying the map every 10 minutes to plan the first ale stop! We were also praying that nothing too large came in the opposite direction, especially something with a sail attached to it! The Chet is a narrow river to start on when you haven't done it for that long!

It had the awe....in the landscape and the wildlife, made all the better because it was a warm, sunny day. It had the most beautiful mooring spot of the year at Bramerton Common and some decent ale (though not the best pint of the holiday), in the Woods End Tavern. It had the "wow" in sitting on the boat as the sun was going down, watching lots of little wild bunnies coming right down to the boats to eat grass, and then standing in the stern well doing some very interesting (and probably quite beneficial) neck excercises by following the movements of the bats as they swooped down to the water to catch insects.

Just perfect!     Smile



So what's yours.......??


Carol

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Hi Carol,

just after Easter (don't remember the date) after a dull and lifeless day without a lot of sailing, the late afternoon & evening turned beautiful, so I took my daughter and her boyfriend for an evening sail from PH down to Thurne Mouth and on towards Acle. A glorious evening, cool but clear, with a great breeze. Wrapped up for the cool evening air, we sailed for nearly three hours in all, turning back just after Clippesby Mill just before sunset and had a lovely running breeze back to the Bungalow, arriving just as the light was fading. The youngsters took the helm most of the way... It was great to see the river under the evening conditions - not a single boat on the water, but all the birdlife out to entertain us.

That's the joy of the Broads... when the opportunity arrives, it only takes minutes to get onto the water...

Danny

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Hi Carol.
Hard to say We had last Xmas on Moonhaze that was special.
then easter on a sheerline,
then the week at The Apartments at wroxham with a day boat.
Then we got Josh and now every trip seems special,
but the day at the meet up stands out for me.

roya

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Waking up on my birthday on the Broads on a fine wooden boat that's about the same age as me!

Stephen



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Nice boat. Nice Marsh Harrier.  Shame about the feller.

BOF - Clive

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hi all ,
now thats what i like to see !! a nice proper wooden boat with the canopy all folded down on a sunny day !!
cheers  

steve and vicky

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Great idea for a thread, Carol.

My favourite day of this year would be Thursday 27 October. Some people may remember it was the most gorgeous, summery day you could ever wish for at the end of October. We cruised from Acle Bridge to Wroxham, with a lovely peaceful mudweighting on South Walsham Broad on route. Utterly fantastic. It wouldn't have mattered whereabouts on the Broads we were. This was my first October cruise & I felt priveleged.

Simon

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Well well Stephen, who was building wooden hire boats in the 1980's Playful

A very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year's Boating to all forum members  Bill...

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That's very kind, Bill, but if anyone was it wasn't Martham! Regrettably the database is pretty accurate on this one. Blush

Stephen



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