Monday, 16 September 2013

Mimosa wins Yare Navigation Race

Mimosa stormed to victory in this year's Yare Navigation Race.  The crack (sic) crew of Andy Gordon, Dave Valentine, and YC worked hard for their victory.  The race is 32 miles long, with an out and back course along almost the whole length of the river Yare.  The idea is to take the tide down to the mark on Breydon, then the flood back upriver to the finish at Coldham Hall.  

Mimosa managed it spot on, hitting the Breydon mark at slack water.  In the end we won by several minutes once the handicap had been taken into account.  Skipper Andy "I don't have a competitive bone in my body" Gordon was not at all pleased with the result, and Dave Valentine definitely didn't celebrate with any beer whatsover.

The YNR is a big race (over 50 boats were entered) and all the top racing yachts (Mimosa included, naturally) were there.  YC has just one word to sum it up - Mimosatastic!
the winning crew

Dave & Andy on Mimosa

Monday, 9 September 2013

I'll name that church in...

1 From the photo alone
2 From the Northumbrian saint and king who lived 1400 years ago
3 From having driven past it lots of times on the Military Road, but never having stopped to take a closer look
4 From the battle of Heavenfield where the saint and king won the day (come on readers, that's lots of clues!)

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Jacksons in Tynemouth and sailing on Stella

The Jacksons were in Tynemouth in August.  Brian & Gill were staying chez YC whilst Ingrid & Max were just around the corner with Philip & Angela.  The weather was surprisingly good - so it was straight down to the beach for Max to enjoy the Costa del Long Sands.  Andrew & Diane called round for afternoon tea - and Diane's old coffee table (now residing with YC) was wheeled out and put through its paces.

More recently YC has been sailing on the fine craft Stella Genesta with Mr & Mrs Old Salt.  The fine weather continued, with blue skies and a good breeze making for pleasant sailing.  Stella made it to Brundall, Beccles, and Oulton.  The best beer was to be found in The Waveney House Hotel, Beccles (Adnams Bitter) whilst the most reasonably priced beer was Greene King IPA at The Waveney, Oulton Broad (£2.50 a pint - hurrah).   The best mooring was on the yacht club at Oulton Broad with splendid isolation and a sunset - all available at a very realistically priced mooring fee (just add an 'R' to the previous word).
Ingrid, Max & Gill
Brian, Diane & the coffee table

sailing down Oulton Dyke
sunset on Oulton Broad