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Hi Paul,

Elvis has in fact left the building...

This was one set of experiences where dramatic pauses and florid descriptions were to be avoided. Still gives me pause for thought.

Life is too short

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Great recount of the day Martin!

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Gonna confess????

In all seriousness I had a fab time (as always), well, apart from the text on Friday morning to tell me about the fire and then you falling in on Saturday that is!

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I am happy to say that some of todays post was provided by Charlie. She sent us a diary of her visits on Malanka and I used some of her third person commentary in todays post.
So thank you Charlie, your literary support is greatly appreciated...

M

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I am so so sorry to hear about all your problems that weekend M&F, glad the weekend turned out ok in the end, with nobody hurt and Malanka wasn't badly damaged. Thanks for your compliments re my helming skills but trust me, even in farely high winds, them swan boats with their thrusters make it easier, plus I didn't come along side that well, I did need a bit of a push off with a couple of feet so I didn't do too much damage to Broad Ambition, ooooops  Blush

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Ssshhhhh it looked great!!!

And you are too modest. That was one tricky day for mooring.

The look on your face was worth everything to be there to see it.

M

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OK for those of you still awake here is the last bit.

Sunday. Time to go home…

We awoke to the sounds of hushed voices, boiling kettles and footsteps on the gravel on the quay. We lay there in bed luxuriating in the cosy warmth of the duvet debating internally which one of us would flick the heater on and put the kettle on to make the morning T / coffee. Needless to say the debate was short and I emerged to flick the heating to full sauna and put on the whistling wonder that is the kettle.

Quickly diving back under the duvet to warm the parts that had turned blue in the few seconds of exposure to the remarkably chilly Sunday morning was a joy. Unfortunately, there was not time to be wasted this morning we had a train to catch and a boat to put to bed for 5 weeks until her next outing.

We had arranged to have breakfast with the Cosicans as Simon and Sonia had a new piece of tech (cheese toasty bags) and we were going to try them out for breakfast. They were great and two cheese and ham toasties later I was dispatched to gather bits and pieces of stuff that were distributed on other boats, knives, glasses bowls and oven dishes. I didn’t know we used so much stuff but it all came back washed up and dry too. I must try this technique again it seemed to work- Leave stuff on other folks boats and they wash it up….Note to self…

We signed the circulating engagement card, said our goodbyes and set off for the Ant and the wet shed, as we wanted to fully charge the batteries we set off first in the direction of Wroxham for a little pootle and a mooch about. Charlie was at the helm and I was clutching my mug of tea to maintain finger circulation as we enjoyed the early morning on the trip to Wroxham.

Just after passing Barnes, Charlie executed a fairly decent (ok very good) turn in the river and we were finally heading home. The trip to Ant mouth was uneventful, I was now helming and the ladies were packing bags and bringing them to the wheelhouse for later unloading.
Turning up the Ant I noticed the river level was significantly higher than it had been on Saturday morning and I was therefore unlikely to be able to navigate the bridge with the canopy up. Sure enough with just under 8ft showing on the bridge height marker I was not going to risk it. The canopy would have to come down.

With a mooring spot below the bridge selected and no boats coming the other way I eased across the river and the ladies made ready to tie up. There was a fairly strong breeze blowing across us and I knew we would not have long before the wind would want us to leave the bank so the two ladies each with rope in hand were primed to make fast pretty pronto (please) or words to that effect.

A gentle kiss against the bank and Charlie is ashore rope in hand, Fiona was a little uncertain and not wishing to jump down she unfortunately sat down on the deck, it was at this point that the wind caught us and the bow started to drift out. Malanka is quite high out of the water and with the water so high the bank was a long way down and so she didn’t move. I politely enquired why she wasn’t moving and to “get off the boat”. Seeing no movement and us moving out I made a little boo boo myself, I left the helm and jumped down rope in hand to tie up to the mooring post. Unfortunately whether may hand caught it or I didn’t take it out of gear I don’t know but somehow we were still in gear albeit at tick-over and moving slowly forwards. This was brought to my attention very calmly by Charlie, who casually mentioned with no panic or emotional inflection in her voice that  “we are still in gear”.

I threw a quick half hitch round the post ran back to the wheelhouse side and leaped aboard the boat, less like a swash-buckling pirate and more like a beached Walrus if I am honest about it.  Erol Flyn be damned I was safely on, and that’s all that mattered. Quickly out of gear and crisis was over. Thinking about it I must have caught the throttle with my arm when jumping down as we were barely moving at all, but it makes for a good story, although this trip could have done with a few less dramas and near catastrophes.

Long story short we dropped the canopy and screens and prepared to move off. Charlie did note that the wheelhouse canopy (roof as it's made of marine ply) is actually quite heavy. Those aren’t the words she used at the time, but it conveys the same meaning.

As if by order, the sun burst out from behind the clouds and made standing in the wheelhouse a very warming and pleasant experience. The ladies cast us off and once aboard again, in significantly more elegant fashion than I had managed, we headed towards the bridge. Corsica was moored at LBBY and we tooted and waved merrily as we went through.

The sun was still out and would remain out for the whole trip to Stalham and so we decided to leave the top down and just return the screen to its upright position. In this configuration Malanka is a remarkably quiet craft for one so old and with such a significant lump of metal under the floor boards.

We had a lovely cruise up the river, Barton looked magnificent with white topped waves and sailing craft dotted across the sparkling surface. Quite a few craft were using slings and the crews, wet-suited, were hanging everything over the side. Quite a spectacular sight and a real pleasure to see. Further across Barton, we encountered a familiar face. I had forgotten Liz (Water Rail) was going to be on Barton all weekend and here she was alongside us sails booming and looking quite the part in her warm sailing gear and PBD.  

Greetings exchanged and recommendation to stay out of the way over to the far side of the broad ringing in our ears we parted company and reluctantly headed up the river. It would have been lovely to drop the weight and sit and watch some really spectacular sailing but we had a train to catch so we pressed on a bit glumly if I am being very honest.
We approached the entrance to the shed which hasn’t yet ceased to amaze me as to how narrow the opening actually is, located our berth and without fanfare or fuss reversed in and tied up. The space for turning is only actually about 5ft longer than Malanka is, but we have become so used to the way of things and it’s just routine now.

I was tasked with unloading the boat, isolating everything and locking up as the ladies walked to Moonfleet to pick up the cars. We connected the old lady to her electrical hook up which unfortunately was really necessary as the impact at St Bennets had indeed loosened some seals and she had been taking on a  little more water than normal. Not quite every two hours as she had been doing in February (thanks for letting me know Mal) but three times a day is three times more than she had been doing prior to the bump.  I am quite sure she will settle down again soon but best to give her every chance and connect her to the power.

Canopy erected, cars loaded, gas and leccy isolated, it was time to say goodbye and farewell to our cetacean guest who had been a real help and quiet guest crew member. But before we left there was one more thing that had to be done.
Charlie has been a guest and or helping crew member quite a few times this year. Her trips have meant I could attend the meet and Fiona and I could have a lovely wedding anniversary cruise. She is great company and a real help with everything boaty, so it was only fitting that we gave her a much coveted Malanka cap for being such a sport and a real help.
So along with Garry and Lisa (Dolly Day dream / good fortune), she is now an honorary Malankan.

We can’t actually create any more honorary Malankans now as we have run out of caps.   But I hope we are forgiven for taking a picture of Blue Dolphin (Aston something) with a Broom Flag mounted on a tatty old wooden broom (for sweeping) looking magnificent on the stern of her pride and joy Aston. Even if it was a lot of fun to do it.

Note to self.. I either have to get smaller caps or Charlie and Lisa need to get bigger heads.


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M&F

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quote:"......Elvis has in fact left the building...
......."

Are you sure.... are you absolutely sure about that?  tounge-in-cheek

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I can honestly say that I have loved every minute of my time onboard Malanka with you this year and am very honoured to have my Malanka cap.

I'm well trained now, I know my place.  I do the washing up, I always ensure the ropes are cheesed before going in, the captain MUST have a full wine glass or cup of tea and I'm not allowed to beat him in board games!  Evil Grin

Although confident with my own boat, I must admit that initially I was a little scared of the old girl but now we have a good working relationship and if it hadn't been so tight I would have even taken her through Ludham Bridge as long as you were standing beside me. If only to stop you winding me up about it.

I will forgive you for the Broom flag incident when you allow me to fly as Aston flag from Malanka's silly mast thing.  

And for the record that roof is bl**dy heavy, even I was impressed with my turning skills and yes I was calm but in hindsight probably shouldn't have been.

And a massive, heartfelt THANK YOU for allowing me to stowaway!!  I would not have been able to do the meet or Jollymoon without your hospitality.

Long live the Aston-Broom teamwork!!
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Charlie

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You're welcome. Both you and Charlies Dad...

We had a ball and made many new friends this year. We think this is what its all about. We had fun and look forward to next week. See you Saturday... No idea of arrival time yet....Who cares anyway......

When you going to write up the Girlie weekend.......

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I will forgive you for the Broom flag incident when you allow me to fly as Aston flag from Malanka's silly mast thing

Not sure how you're going to achieve that, not even sure it could take your now tiny frame..

Maybe get a strong enough breeze crossing Breydon at full speed..It would be spectacular to say the least..
Very brave of you too. Wouldn't it be cold being painted as an Aston flag? Defo calendar opportunity if ever there was one....  
Why would you want to do that?? Takes all sorts..



Life is too short

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Forum Girly Swot 11.02.2011

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