River Orwell Cruise

Suffolk Yacht Harbour – 13/14/15th September 2019

The superb early autumn weekend’s weather for the Club cruise to Suffolk Yacht Harbour in the River Orwell was certainly enjoyed by our Club Cruising party. It was a sociable hour to slip your berth on the Friday morning for a very pleasant sail in the light Northerly breeze to the Suffolk Yacht Harbour with Club yachts Vicky, Atlantis, La Bonairs and Mistress of Hamford being joined by Reflex, Moodie Blue and Bonnie Lass after their sojourn in the River Blackwater with La Mouette arriving late pm.

We were joined on the Saturday morning by Tortuga and Samphire making our fleet ten in number. The Suffolk Yacht Harbour masters accommodated us in the East section of the marina and reasonably close to the Lightship apart from Skipper Hillary, La Bonairs, but Hillary enjoyed the exercise! And it was a nice berth.  On the Saturday morning crews enjoyed a lovely walk along the river bank to the Trimley Marsh Nature Reserve with the River and Lake teaming with bird life. Certainly on our return most crews enjoyed a afternoon “Siesta” on board. 

On the Saturday evening the staff on the Lightship Clubhouse had reserved and arranged our party of eighteen to dine in the Ships Stern dining room for our Cruise dinner. This as always was a “jolly” event and we were served by our very efficient host with her team to an excellent Cruise dinner.

Sunday’s weather, most unusual for the UK, remained sunny and warm with a now Westerly 5kts breeze entailing a very pleasant return sail to our Walton Berths. With crews returning to our Club house for Post cruise evening supper with Sandra and Peter’s team attending us with their usual first class service, our thanks to them for the completion to our excellent weekend..

Cheers. Roly.

Yachts & Crews attending.
Reflex.                                 Graham & Christine Godward.
MoodieBlue                         Moreno & Pam Riva
Bonnie Lass                         Bryan & Marilyn Ward
Atlantis                                John Robinson & Marion
Vicky                                   John & Jean Thorpe
Tortuga                                David Mason
La Bonairs                           Hillary Vernon
La Mouette                          Peter & Donna Dukes
Samphire                             Tony & Christine Burrows
Mistress Of Hamford          Roly Jarrold