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Can’t get out to sea today due to swing bridge problems. Great mooring at Beccles last night courtesy of BASC, to whom we were introduced by one of our Trust members. Our Japanese crew member was very excited when walking up the street towards Beccles dchurch tower, seeing if she could match the street scene to Arthur Ransome’s illustration from his novel Coot Club. AR is still a big-name author in Japan. Heading for St Olaves since we’re now trapped in the Waveney. Hope Somerleyton bridge is OK.

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Somerleyton Swing Bridge was also stuck in the shut position but we had a nice sail back to Oulton Dyke.

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Having an absolutely wonderful time with the Nancy Blackett on the Broads.  Now at the Surlingham Ferry House, I’ve just enjoyed the best sea bass I have EVER tasted.  Had lunch with John Royall of Wayford Bridge, one of my old Dad’s fellow wherry skippers on the Albion from the 1970s, at the Lord Nelson pub at Reedham (Yay, no swing-bridge problems this time!).  Crossed paths with Nick Schilling of the Excelsior Trust on Reedham chain ferry - when we were in Lowestoft, as well as showing us round, the Excelsior’s skipper allowed us all to climb up the mainmast when we were borrowing the Laura Moncur’s berth next door(thanks to Mark for that Smile  ) Also enjoyed the hospitality of Beccles Amateur Sailing Club and the Lydia Eva and Mincarlo trust - really interesting visits there too.  You can catch up with our adventures on the internet, BBC ‘Listen-again’ or ‘Catchup’  in an interview on Radio Norfolk with Mathew Gudgeon yesterday (Weds) at around 5:30.  Anyone who wants to see us, we’re moored at the Ferry House and won’t be in a terrible rush to get off in the morning unless I persuade the skipper and rest of the crew to let me pursue my maddest of mad schemes which is to climb the Nancy’s mast and idle up to the Postwick viaduct at slack water just to check out if it really would be impossible for us to visit Norwich at some future date...

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Truly does sound like you are having a ball Andy - excellent!

We may be down this weekend but will be up on the Northerns, where we are based.

Any pics on here of all or any of your adventures would be most welcome. You can add one image per post by using the 'file attachment " option below - click on choose file to select an image from your pc/tablet/phone.

Cheers and all the best, Karen

"Wind up the elastic band Karen - we're setting off!!"

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Albion is currently down south - she should be at Cantley today but moving up river to Norwich Frostbites tomorrow evening for an Open Day in Norwich on Sunday at the Yacht Station.
Hopefully!

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While sailing downstream on Albion yesterday afternoon, we passed Nancy Blackett as she was going upstream near to Langley Dyke.

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Hi Karen,
I’m now recovering in Woodbridge following a nice hot bath and will be heading home tonight or tomorrow.  Yes, we did ‘have a ball’ and I personally had a wonderful time but I should make clear that it was actually Nancy who had the ball and as the 1st (and only) mate, I did have to work rather hard to ensure that, so my four thirty start this morning and other such factors has meant that my correspondence has got a bit delayed - my apologies for that.  Following your suggestion, I have attached a photo to this message of the view from the bows of the Mincarlo in Lowestoft, showing Nancy in the berth that Tim, one of this forum’s members, helped us secure so a big thank-you to Tim, to Mark of the Laura Moncur whose berth it was and to all the many other people from here and elsewhere who have helped to make an old lady (Nancy of course) very happy.  Also, if you follow the following link to the Nancy Blackett’s own web site, you will find a link to a Radio Norfolk interview with Mathew Gudgin that we did about Nancy’s voyage to the Broads, while it was still going on:
https://nancyblackett.org/2018/07/12/nancy-blackett-interview-on-bbc-radio-norfolk/


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...and while I'm about it, here's the opposite view taken from one of Nancy's portholes, of the Mincarlo (Lowestoft trawler and floating museum) in the Royal Norfolk and Suffolk Yacht Club Basin, or Marina as I ought to call it. This was just after we'd been up to Beccles and back and just before we went to Surlingham.


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Hi Pampatha, I got this picture of all of you on Albion, just as you were passing a Broads yacht called 'Swan'.  

I can only apologise for Nancy's behaviour along that bit of the river - I'm afraid to say she is a bit vain and as soon as she caught sight of the Albion's sail coming, she put her engine into gear, sped up and fairly hurtled along hoping she and Albion would cross over on a reach where she could be photographed next to a wherry, with her sails drawing nicely and then, she plunged about all over the river trying to get to windward. Alas, it didn't quite work out and we've had a word with her about it - she says it won't happen again.


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Hi Marshman, It was quite spooky the way things worked out because a little before we crossed paths with Albion, we met up and had lunch with John Royall at the Lord Nelson pub on Reedham state.  John was a skipper on Albion back in the days when my Dad was skipper's rep for the Wherry Trust and I hadn't seen him since Ken's funeral. It evoked a lot of memories for me and I was a bit absorbed in all that for a while I suppose. Then all of a sudden, there was Albion.  I've enclosed a photo of Ken on Albion, smoking his pipe, © courtesy of the EDP.  Starting our cruise at Oulton set the scene for the spookiness as we had spent last Sunday night on our return journey from Beccles on Oulton in Nancy, swinging to one of Dad's old mudweights that I'd brought with me for the purpose, very close to where this picture was taken.  Sailing past Albion was the icing on the cake, but it also made the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end just a little bit, given the conversation we'd just been having back at the Lord Nelson.  Thanks to those people who helped me track down John Royall by the way, and to Nick Gill at Wayford Marine.


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