In the latest “Cambria Watch” from Hilary Halajko and the Youth Trainees of the Sea Change Sailing Trust, Hilary writes,
“Cambria Watch; update from the spitway: We were on the blocks at Pin Mill for 2 nights. There was a fair covering of barnacles on Cambria’s bottom but the pressure washer soon put paid to them! We have scraped and painted the topsides, anti fouled and painted the leeboards grey as they used to be. Getting the line correct was a team effort so no one can be blamed if it’s wonky!! Saturday night we were able to sample the food at the Butt and Oyster as no water means no generator which means no cooker! Sunday had a pull away from the blocks just before high water and a fast sail with several tacks down to Harwich Harbour and few more tacks to clear Walton Pier and a lovely fetch all the way to wymarks in the Blackwater. A lovely sunny sail and the captain was wearing shorts so summer must have arrived at last!! We fetched up in a beautiful sunset, hopefully photos to follow. Underway this morning at 7.00 again with the sun and shorts currently fetching through the spitway, better go now as we are going to set the jib topsail for the first time in 16 days!!
Dave Brooks adds that, “Cambria is due in Gravesend Wednesday to deliver beer to the Rum Puncheon pub. Then will remain on the Thames for the match on Saturday. She will then be going on the pier for a series of talks etc until Sea Change return to do the re-run of her last official cargo from Tilbury to Ipswich”.
Today’s picture is by Boss of Volunteers, Basil and shows the busy quayside down by TS Hazard in the Faversham Nautical Festival.