Oh Dear. Not a lot of wind for the Colne Match then, judging by this picture taken at the start from Edith May and posted onto Facebook from the deck by Ed Gransden. Also in the picture, Tim Goldsack’s SB Decima and the Sea Change Barge, Reminder.
The latest report comes from Sea Change Sailing Trust who are currently out and about working with 2 barges, SB Reminder and SB Cambria. “On Monday”, writes Hilary Halajko, “we had a sail to the pyefleet in company with Reminder, then a barbie on stone point in a lovely sunset. Tuesday not much wind to so a very early 6am start to take the ebb out of Colne saw a porpoise near colne bar!.anchored just below burnham and then ashore to see “Ted” at the lovely Burnham Rio early evening. Today we came from Burnham over to the Orwell ,we were hoping to go into the Walton backwaters but thought better of it as the tide had started to ebb so currently anchored at stone heaps and expect to go to the backwaters tomorrow. Forecast looking decidedly windy for Friday night and Saturday so our idea of visiting Mersea town regatta has been shelved, who knows where we will go next!?”
Meanwhile, I hear that the barge-boat has now been fixed by Shipwright Morgan and the boys are working out the best way of re-uniting it with the Cambria.
This morning my post is a direct lift from today’s posting by the Sea Change Sailing Trust’s Facebook page.
In their own words, ”
A reflection of Sea-Change’s training influence afloat with the groups of young people with whom it works could not have been better demonstrated than today. The charity is currently keeping two barges busy, its regular sailing barge Reminder, built in 1929 and the mighty engine-less Cambria of 1906, which slipped from Maldon together on this afternoon’s tide. Reminder warped alongside Cambria to pull her away from Maldon’s Hythe Quay in light airs. Parting and setting sail a mile down river off Heybridge Basin, only Cambria’s stern could be seen by those following by the time she bore away at the end of Collier’s Reach. This is testament to the significance of her heritage after 106 years entirely under sail and a clear demonstration of wind as an ongoing power source for the future, despite today’s gentle conditions. One of Sea-Change’s aims is to train young sailors, many of whom return independently after initially sailing as members of support groups, in traditional sea-going skills. These young people will enable working sailing vessels to survive into the future, both to their benefit and other young people’s, to the vessel’s and country’s heritage and to the environment”.