My farewell gift from my former colleagues was a long weekend tall-ship sailing on the schooner Trinovante with Schoonersail, a “taster weekend” from Ipswich.
At Harwich Harbour we turned right at what I learned was the cardinal buoy into the River Stour and anchored out of the channel past Parkeston Quay. It was rather a late dinner, but set us up well for the next day’s sailing.
After a great sail up the coast, we come in to moor at Ha’penny Pier at Harwich. Two more retired lightships are on the right.Trinovante moored on the other side of the pontoon, beyond a Dutch yacht.
Returning to the boat after a very welcome shower on shore.
And returning again later after an equally welcome trip to the pub for a drink.
Next morning, and the skies are blue as we look across the Stour to Shotley.There was time for a little walk around Harwich – this is the beach from where the dinghy sailing club operates, with Felixstowe Docks on the other side of the harbour
The Low Lighthouse, now home to the Harwich Maritime Museum. It was built in 1818 replacing an earlier wooden structure, and together with the High Lighthouse acted as the leading lights for the harbour entrance until 1863. It was subsequently used as a pilot station.
And a little further inland, the High Lighthouse.
Another view of Trinovante on the pontoon, now with the Dutch yacht gone.We had a gentle sail up the Stour in relatively light winds. These are the enormous turbine blades for the Greater Gabbard offshore windfarm: the scale is huge – the rotors have a diameter of 130 metres and the top of the blades will be 170 metres above sea level.The view of the river from Pin Mill as the onshore party waits for Trinovante to pass. (Photo: Winn Dawson)Further upstream from The Strand, Trinovante coming up the Orwell under engines.Passing beneath the Orwell BridgeComing into the pontoon at Ipswich Haven Marina – I am in the centre, poised ready to step ashore and receive the mooring lines.
So, a great little holiday, and a great introduction to schooner sailing. Perhaps more another time.