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East Coast Sailing .........

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pdc88 says:

I sail my A24 in and around the Deben ......... but want to team up with another similar boat/s for some longer trips. How about a trip out to the Roughs Tower, and some runs up and down the East Coast ??
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Skykomish E29 says:

you should get some takers a few are around your way, though I must say haven't heard much from them since the East Coast Rally
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Skykomish E29 says:

If you are feeling really adventurous and have a bit of time on your hands, we did the trip from Suffolk Yacht harbour on the Orwell to our home marina on the Swale in Kent in one tide but it was tight and we had to maintain a steady 6 knots to do it, having said that we are some way up the river and so needed to get up the Swale before the tide turned as the current is quite strong and makes progress a real slog.
However there are plenty of free moorings along the Swale if you don't mind staying on your boat over night on a swing mooring, and is relatively straightforward trip down the Wallet, through the Swin Spitway, and down the East and West Swin to the South West Barrow buoy where you turn due south and cross the Thames Estuary just buoy hopping all of the way, if you have a chart plotter it is reallllllly easy. The only down side is that invariably you will have a headwind one way or the other as prevailing winds are either SW or NE. We were sort of lucky on our trip upto Harwich in that we had virtually Zero wind on the way back and so had no option but to motor, but at least it was calm sea.
Once you get down here you have several options, either the circumnavigation of the Isle of Sheppey via the Swale which will give you some experience of running aground ( everyone does it), The River Medway as far as Rochester (here there is a low bridge so mast is a problem) , or the River Thames upto St Katherines Dock.
Alternatively Mike took the Easterly route and sailed down to Ramsgate which has very good marina facilities and harbour front cafes.
Conyer, where we are based is a bit hit and miss with regard to moorings, and for that matter access. We are tide locked, an achilles should be able to get down the creek upto 1.5 hours either side of HW but I would advise 1 hour before HW is your target time as when the water drops it is as if somebody has pulled the plug and it dries out very quickly. There is no radio , and the office is only manned 10 - 1500 so as I said getting a berth is a bit hit and miss. The facilities are pretty good for a small creek marina. Showers and toilets are new and though limited in number are spotless. The clubhouse is only open at weekends but serves pub quality food and is very friendly.
There is absolutley nothing at Conyer, apart from lovely marsh type countryside, beautiful walks and a lot of history having been the site of a busy barge building industry and brickworks, all now a distant memory and only evident from the numerous wrecks that litter the shores. September last year was our first autumn here and was absolutley magical waking on the boat to the marsh birds cries, the early morning mist and that damp heavy dew that heralds the end of another season, but the fresh clear sky offering the promise of a warm day ahead.... Oh the joys of the East Coast you must have the same on the Deben.
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Mike A1 says:

Hi,

I'm interested in meeting and sailing in company some time. As you will see from my profile, I'm based on the Orwell at Ipswich, and most of my sailing is at the weekends. I don't have any firm plans for when I will next be out but can send you a flickr mail if I think that there is a possibility we could arrange something.

Where are you based on the Deben? I've seen a couple of A24s there.

Mike
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Skykomish E29 says:

There you go PDC Mike makes sailing an Achilles look simple and will certainly be a good guide for you.
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pdc88 says:

Thanks for the replies. I'm based at Felixstowe Ferry, mooring 161 up river towards the end of the moorings on the ferry side. My boats called Thetis. I've made a few runs out to sea lately and I've been stunned at the ability of this boat. Mine is probably not set up perfectly........ but even so she seems faster than many larger boats.. and the way she smashes through waves rather than bobbing around is brilliant.

But I need to do a bit more and go a bit farther, and would be more confident with another boat alongside. I know it sounds a bit tame, but I spose i'm just a bit cautious by nature. I love my a24, and find her the best thing i've ever sailed.

If you want to meet up, let me know. My mobile is 07796 544714. I sail at weekends and often during the week.
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Mike A1 says:

In my opinion, if you have already been in and out of the Deben entrance there isn't much else to worry about apart from keeping away the big ships, and they mostly stay in the main channels. Anyway, I'll get in touch when I'm going to be down that way - it would be nice to sail together.

I agree about the sailing abilities about the A24 and it is the main reason I bought mine. Let's be honest - nobody would buy one on the basis of its accommodation.

Why don't you add some notes to your Flickr profile and some pictures if you have any? If nothing else it will make it easier to spot you on the water.
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