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Super story Martin and it certainly was a super week weather wise wasn't it   Smile

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It certainly was Matt and here is the next instalment...

We awoke on Friday morning to beautiful sunshine, no wind and unusually for womak staithe, no-one was running their engines. There were ducks quacking and other natural noises and a few boaters speaking in hushed tones as they went about their business. It was quite remarkable, it was as if everyone didn’t want to be the first to break the magic.
It was very warm and very humid right from the start. One or two boats departed the staithe without fanfare or fuss and almost immediately the CinCers started to arrive. One of the first to arrive was our flagship for the day Betsie Jane, followed very shortly thereafter by Telscome. For those folks that couldn’t make this year’s CinC the site of these two beautiful gentlemens cruisers is quite something and quite a crowd had gathered on the staithe to see them. Personal greetings exchanged with people we had only previously exchanged emails with finally met in the flesh, the bantering back and forth led to the obvious conclusion that this was going to be a great day, and so it would prove to be.

The decision was taken by the CinC organizer (Tim) that 10:45 or 11:00 am would be the departure time and Paul (ncsl) had arrived with his flying machine to record the start. Paul had actually arrived the previous evening and had moored on the mudweight in the middle of Womak water. After dark, due to Paul’s selection of varicoloured L.E.D lights, some unkind few may have suggested that his vessel which normally resembles nothing more esoteric than a rather well used and well-loved cruiser, now resembled  something that deserved a place alongside madam fifi’s Parisian bordello and house of infinite passion. (Quite how Tim is associated with said establishment at this time remains unknown)

It didn’t matter as on CinC evening all who could do so, would be festooning their boats with a multitude of coloured lights in celebration of the CinC.

Half way through the morning we received word that The Corsican with Simon and Sonia had broken their steering cable and would have to catch us up at the Barbeque after the guys at Moonfleet had fixed their steering. Thanks to the herculean efforts of Toby / Phil and the team The Corsican eventually did make it in time for some home-made burgers, which was the third course of a four course barbeque (it was to be five courses with some delicious pork steaks provided by Jag as the piece de resistance but remarkably by then most of us were full to bursting point).

Malanka was nominated as tail end Charlie and so we would be last out of the area and everyone else would be in front. This gave us a really good view of all the boats as they left the mooring all dressed and generally looking rather splendid. Paul took some arial photography and this is well worth a view on his website.  Horns were honked and waves galore issued as we slowly edged out and we were on our way for phase 1 of this year’s CinC and a rendezvous in Ranworth for a raft up and a spot of lunch. This year we did something different and had a much more relaxed CinC with two stops one for lunch in Ranworth and one in Salhouse for the barbeque. In the opinion of many this was a lovely approach and provided a very relaxed atmosphere with absolutely no pressure to “be somewhere”, we just simply enjoyed the moment, it was glorious.

By 11:30 we were well on our way to Ranworth and had picked up some extra boats along the way as the general river traffic were very keen to join in the procession of boats. It is worth noting that many hire boats expressed a desire to join in but they had not known of the opportunity as they were not forum members. It didn’t matter and all were welcomed as we pootled to Ranworth under the by now, blazing hot sun!
As we entered the broad and passed Ranworth Island Paul again deployed his eye in the sky and took some memorable video and photographs of the boats arriving for the rafting. If you look carefully at Malanka in these shots you can discern the deck totty adorning the coach house roof of Malanka as the ladies on board took advantage of the glorious sunshine to top up their tans and display their bikini bodies (any chance of a leader writers job with the DM then??)

As the heaviest boat in this year’s flotilla, Malanka was designated as centre boat for the rafting, we didn’t need to use the horn as everyone seemed to know what they were doing and all the boats simply glided alongside, dropped their mudweights and settled in for what turned out to be a scorcher of an afternoon sitting doing nothing. With the boats all rafted up it was time to play explore and go see everyone else’s vessel and have a good old nosey the main proponents of this endeavor were the ships dogs who all managed to snaffle treats from at least three boats in a sort of doggie merry go round. By now the various salad/ pizza /sausage rolls and other comestibles consumed with a little encouragement by Mr Pinot and Mrs Grigot had settled in and with the sun now making walking barefoot on the decks a toe tingling experience usually accompanied by cries of Ohh hot, hot, ho,t hot, hot, and a reasonable rendition of the highland fling being performed to the accompaniment of the cries of hot, hot, hot, it was time for a swim!
Various members of the CinC community jumped, leaped or otherwise gained entry into the remarkably warm waters of the broad.  Some sported life rings some sported PBDs all were having a good old splash about and it was a very merry old lark about in the old fashioned sense of the word. We did it for fun and fun we had.
Too soon it was time to depart, and so mudweights raised in sequence and off we went, destination Salhouse.
Passing through Horning we waved, honked our horns and generally interacted with the river traffic all the way to Salhouse, it was a joy to participate and see everyone’s smiling faces as we processed past, all dressed and looking mighty fine. On arriving in Salhouse the pleasure wherry white Moth was cruising up and down and she looked magnificent with her sails fully deployed as she sailed back and forth. The beach resembled Margate more than Salhouse with tens of people frolicking in the warm water of Salhouse Broad.

We quickly identified the moorings reserved for us and moored up and as soon as we stopped moving the temperature rose inexorably higher and higher until there was nothing that could be done aboard Malanka other than to “deploy the inflatable dinghy” and prepare for water based mayhem.
Dinghy duly deployed and “plopped” onto the broad we (me, Justin and Charlie) boarded the dinghy and sat there bobbing slowly about. From an inflatable dinghy one gets a completely different perspective on the size of the boats and just how intimidating it would be to be in the water in the winter with the prospect of getting out and back on board. Anyway, with such thoughts banished until winter time for some reason I kept catching my oars and within a few moments both Charlie and Justin were soaked to the skin, at this point before retribution of the watery variety came my way, I flipped out the back of the dinghy and swam away accompanied by Dylly (Tim) who had joined us from RT. The water was lovely and with no reeds to contend with and no mud grabbing at my legs the whole thing was a super pleasant experience. Charlie and Justin decided to join us in the swim and they too left the dinghy and entered the warm water of the broad.
At this point Charlie discovered that swimming in T shirt, shorts and a bikini is harder than just a bikini and so she shrugged off the unnecessary clothing and carried on. I must admit that the necessary gyrations needed to accomplish this feat drew more than a little attention from some of the passing boaters.
We messed about for over an hour and swam back and forth, played with Boris the dog who was swimming for his ball thrown from the beach by Fiona, (she will not swim after seeing the snake earlier in the week at Rockland as she is incredible averse to our legless cousins and will go so far as to drop a magazine if she turns a page and sees a photograph of  one) until it was shower time and time for food and fun and games with Dylly and Jag, the quiz crew and some small scale consumption of fermented fruit beverages.  

More to come..

CinC Barbeque and fun and games...

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"Quite how Tim is associated with said establishment at this time remains unknown"

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After setting up the chairs and tables and the barbeque equipment a small flaw in the plan was revealed. As in years past we anticipated using two barbeques and volunteering to cook stuff for anyone who wanted, unfortunately due to The Corsican’s steering difficulties, Simon and Sonia had not yet arrived, they were en route but not about to arrive any time soon.
We need not have worried, Tim to the rescue and we set up Tim’s gas barbe next to ours and off we went.
To be quite honest the amount of food we had donated by various people was absolutely immense, as soon as I saw the huge mound of stuff in the cold bags a cunning plan formed. Instead of trying to cook everything to be ready at the same time, we could simply make it a four or five course barbe and everyone could have what they wanted, so if there was a special favorite like Johns sausages then they could wait for that bit or if anyone was like the rest of us they could just pig out on a bit of everything.

We had huge quantities of rolls with the choice from plain white poison to a meal in a roll whole meal with added bits stuck to the top. (just for added “texture” you understand)

We started with sausages of various types, low fat, chilli, Lincolnshire, you name it we had it. We then did chicken and home-made burgers which Fiona and Charlie had been furiously manufacturing in Malanka’s galley. Suffice it to say the wine flowed, the food was consumed (all of it every scrap)and eventually Simon and Sonia made it just in time for the burgers and some well distributed fermented grape juice beverages. The consumption of the marinated pork loins would have to wait for tomorrows breakfast (which they did) as everyone was too full and couldn’t face even a wafer thin mint.
After we had eaten but before too much wine was consumed we all had a rather enjoyable encounter with a rather pithy group of individuals (mid-twenties graduate/ student types) who were on a stag party. We had advised the guys earlier in the evening as to the location of the pub and we had seen them on their way and then settled down to our food. The fun started when they returned and drifted through our barbeque party in ones and twos. We exchanged greetings and engaged in some healthy banter regarding the broads and had they had a good time and so on. Almost universally they all said they would come back and go boating again with their significant others on another occasion. I must admit to some humor at these guys verbally fencing with Simon, MM, Keith et al.. they seemed to be of the opinion that they invented having a good time and were soundly thrashed in the exploration of that idea by John and Simon. They simply didn’t seem able to rise to the challenge of serious career professionals and retired soundly beaten, at least intellectually that is…


After dinner there was an excellent quiz by Mike, I’m afraid I can’t remember who won but it didn’t really matter I just knew it wasn’t the team of myself and Keith (sternmoor). Shortly after the quiz I made a quick dash inside for a blanket as Keith was still wearing his shorts and his fingers, lips and legs had turned a fine shade of blue with the cold. Safely ensconced under his blanket we continued to while away the hours until bedtime with stories, jokes and general mickey taking that is a CinC barbeque.  

Eventually everyone drifted off to their respective boats and prepared for bed. We tidied up as best we could and slipped back aboard Malanka for some well-earned rest and recuperation. It had been a long and very enjoyable day. In fact perfect in every way, good company, good fun and fantastic weather. I can’t wait for next years event. A big thank you to everyone who came along and made it such a perfect day.

The next day dawned brightly and after consuming the pork loins we didn’t cook last night each in its own roll I have to say that will become a firm favorite for breakfast, they were simply marvelous as a hang-over cure and general pick me up and get me going start to the day.
Today (Saturday)was to be a first as Simon was aiming to leave Salhouse to catch low water and post The Corsican under Wroxham bridge for the first time. RT, Malanka and Mike would be joining him in the exercise just because we could. With everything dropped we headed to Wroxham duly posted ourselves and all the other willing participants under the bridge. BD was waiting back at Salhouse for a guest to arrive and so we turned about and reposted ourselves back through the bridge and headed for Salhouse to see if Charlie’s guest had arrived. We had a short play in Wroxham broad and then cruised back to Salhouse and the waiting Blue Dolphin.

We didn’t intend to go far today just to Percies Island in Horning and then to sit and watch the world go by. We didn’t intend either to have another mini get together but as the day lengthened first Malanka moored at the island then RT turned up and finally BD turned up as well. In the end we had four boats moored there and still with some room to spare.

The day was again glorious and we sat, fished, chatted and generally spent some hard hours doing nothing except sit back sip some wine and watch.

The part of the tale concerning RT being struck by a mooring boat will not appear here until Tim has sorted out who is paying for what damage with the boatyard concerned.


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Later that evening we rowed across to the Swan and had a lovely meal with Charlie and her guest, the service was not up to the usual standard but the place was jumping and very,  very busy. The food was excellent when it all finally arrived, the last dish twenty minutes after the first. In defence of the pub the waitress was the same one we had previously encountered and her service then was less than thrilling the first time. I imagine the next time we visit in October she will not be serving and if she is she will not be serving us.

After a good meal we retired early to bed and slept the sleep we missed last night. An alfresco breakfast the next morning served up from Malanka’s galley got everyone off to a good start. We had nowhere to go but home so we pootled into Wroxham and then filled up with diesel passing back through horning later in the morning. We briefly cruised with Charlie and passed across some red cross (Belgian Chocolate) parcels for their trip back down south and then we saw Tim examining his damage alongside in Horning. We hoped (in vain so it later transpired) that there wouldn’t be much. We waved our goodbyes and with the top down and sun shining on us we cruised at a leisurely pace back to Stalham and then home..
What a wonderful week that was.  


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quote:"......
Quite how Tim is associated with said establishment at this time remains unknown" I was looking for a convent...simple mistake!
......."


but you found Nun?
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Now that the tale is over I will add my thoughts. Reading it all back has reminded me what a fantastic time we had. It makes me sad to think that it's over but I'm looking forward to repeating the experience sometime in the future. It was a really fabulous week. The weather smiled on us for a change and all our plans/itinerary worked out perfectly. I don't think I've laughed so much, consumed as much fermented grape juice, eaten as much lovely barbe food or played as many clearly fiddled board games before in my life!

But next time please don't leave it so late before putting the top down for GY. I think you took years off mine and Fiona's life expectancy!

For anyone considering solo cruising but a little daunted by the thought then I recommend that you arrange to meet up with someone else. It worked for me. Having the company of the malankans meant that I was able to have crew when I needed them but also got the solo experience too.

The CinC was enormous fun. Although numbers were down the atmosphere was great. The lunchtime stop just to chill out was an inspiration and one of my favourite parts of the day.

New things-  solo cruising, being the local expert for a change, teaching Martin new boaty phrases, (I thought he knew everything), wearing a bikini and swimming in the Broads.

Highlights of the week- everything in general, the CinC in particular, sitting on the top of the boat watching the sun go down whilst it was still roasting hot, communal boat sharing. (Having two bathrooms, two fridges and two ovens really helps and I think BD will be referred to as 'The Ensuite' for a while to come.) Boris' face and tail every morning when he realised that I was still there.

Downsides- going through GY with 7' on the height board when you think your boat is 7'3", bloody engine overheating STILL and watching Malanka's silly masty thing disappear out of sight up the Ant on Sunday.

Thank you to Martin, Fiona and all the junior Malankans (and of course my lovely little puppy dog, Boris) for a wonderful holiday!

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You tiny soppy thing you !!!You are very welcome...

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Great tale as usual Martin
Spotted Malanka this afternoon heading towards the wetshed so her repairs should be completed.

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Thanks for that.
We now have a new starboard water tank, the old one was completely corroded and all the baffles were loose and flapping about. Last trip we emptied the tank every day due to leakage and seepage. Felt like I was back in the early days with tiny tanks and no shower....
Tiny issue with the fridge is now fixed too.

Thanks to Phil Toby and the boys. We will bring them some beers next time.

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