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colneclipper

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Dear all,

We had a fabulous time in Ostende and Zeeland, i will write up some details later but thought you may appreciate seeing a couple of Clippers thrashing about in the Grevlingham. Ernst and his wonderful family were our hosts in their home port of  Scharendijke, we went visiting some islands and took a few snaps with apologies for all the wrinkles in my main sail!  [smile]

We will post some more pics soon!!
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nice pictures!!!
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nice pictures!!!


And here are some words......
We have just returned from 3 week's on board our clipper "Colne clipper " which took in a sail in company of the Wivenhoe sailing club to Ostende then a sail to ZEELAND with salicet a Nicholson 32 to meet up with ernst and his family. Follows a short resume of our trip.

"With a planned departure of 03.00 from Brightlingsea to sail In company with 15 other yachts sailing across to Ostende, our departure was in the balance due to Ostende port control wanting to close the port from 16.00 to 19.00 for a ww I commeration. However at the last minute they cancelled the order so with relief we set off at 04.00 with 20 to 25kts of North East winds. Passage through the wallet to long sand head buoy took some casualties due to wind-against tide. 2 boats retired due to seasickness then 1 boat due to a unstowed Halliyard around the prop. Within 4 hours we rounded Gunfleet to head for the sunk and long sand buoy. With a beam reach we were going great. 7 knots then bang... and we stopped. The tiller did not answer. Looking over the stern we had picked up a lobster pot in the worst possible spot. 5 miles east of long sand head. The tide was pushing the buoy under water and dragging our stern down. We could not reach the rope to cut. So with a harness dropped and recoverd by boat hook we were able to winch the rope. a slight touch with the knife and the buoyed rope parted and nearly took a crew members hand off. Hoisted some headsail. Checked the engine bay for damage all seemed ok. So off we sailed the 60 odd miles to Ostende. Ostende entrance is normally sloppy but it seemed worse on our entry. With a 30 knots east wind. Through the mole so we could drop sails. A wind farm boat came alongside and pointed out that we were towing a buoy. The bloody thing had stayed with us all this while. I was pleased that I was unaware of the stowaway as I would have wanted to remove it. The harbour master arranged a diver to remove the buoy and 5 to 6 feet rope all checked out ok and no charge the royal ostende yacht club is brilliant. Sunday saw us ready to sail In company with salicet a 32 foot Nicholson. a wind forcast of a 17kts east it became a 30 knot north east. So 10 long hours to westerscheld and flushing into a sea lock bought us outside the canal to middlburgh. I was pleased we had missed the last bridge opening as we were buggered. The next 10 days saw us visit veere middlburgh goes Yerseke sint annaland until we got to scharendijke the home of ernst and his clipper buccaneer. It was planned to meet David as well with his halcyon but he was on a french delivery trip. Ernst his wife tania and beautiful daughter Anna were our hosts for fine food gallons of beer and some sailing in company around the islands of groen schelde. The weather made it feel like the carribean. We were concerned that the high pressure could crash so started making plans to work a reverse route to take us to harwich, but not before making ernst an honorary British merchant man and presenting him with a 1 1/2 yard red ensign. We really could not thank ernst enough for his hospitality. With a boat full of Dutch cheese and amstel beer we worked a reverse route and crossed the 95 miles with no wind at all ....agggghhh. 17 hours later in harwich a few beers and zzzzz bed. Thank you ernst and his family. I hope we can help you get buccaneer over here for a spell perhaps next year? 370 miles Brightlingsea to Brightlingsea. 2 litres of famous grouse whiskey and a couple of cans of beer. ....
Here's a few pics of our lobster pot which saw us win the seamanship cup on the rally! + fair winds all....

 
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Here are some more photos from tania. Ernst becoming a honary member of the red ensign !!

 
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John, Jeff & the Salicet “living legends” , it was a delight to meet you all in peron.
And Colne Clipper looks very smart!

 
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Dear John and Ernst
Thanks for the great pictures  and report of your journey...
Greetings from Lac du Der
Ute and Michael

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colneclipper

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What a wonderful photograph of you both with your Clipper, perhaps we can all meet up one day!!!

fair winds

John

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Absolutely wonderful picture!
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