Essex Riviera!

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Been a bit of a funny summer so far, weather not always playing ball, how much rain does it take to not have a hose pipe ban I wonder? I also thought this was meant to be at the dry side of the country!

Managed to get some good sailing this last week or so, cruiser fun in the sigma 8m from the Blackwater SC, a lovely sunny Sunday to take the boys out and get them on the helm for a spot of informal opi+ training. They all took to it well trucking along 8 knots plus.

Following Sunday was a bit breezier and a chance to go out in the Stratos from Marconi SC, just the other side of Osea Island. Upon leaving the ramp we headed off towards Osea, put in a tack, feet under the toes trap and promptly executed the perfect frogman backwards roll into the briney! One brand new tiller extension, a pair of sunglasses and a short swim later I’m on the board righting the now vertically challenged Stratos. Surprisingly easy to recover with its flooding compartments. More swims followed off Osea, slightly more intentional this time and an impromptu, ‘who can make the biggest splash’ completion, proudly won by grandad!

This week has seen plenty of action on the water too, Tuesday I managed (only just) to launch, sail, and recover the musto on my own from the BSC in a nice 11-15 knot southerly, a minor achievement perhaps but a good goal ticked off none the less. Wednesday saw fresher breeze still at MSC, opi training for the boy upgraded to a play in the RIB, and you guessed it more swimming! Last night back at the BSC we mustered 4 mustos out for a spot of training in 12-16 knots SW. Plenty more swimming for me, but good upwind speed and tacking practice kept my motivation up despite losing count of the capsizes and taking the who can make the biggest splash competition. On that there is hopefully some good footage to come!

So what’s next on the Blackwater Riviera? 

Sunday morning at BSC for more musto punishment/training! Then the following weekend is the East Coast Piers Race at Marconi, I will be on a RIB for this edition, cameras in hand and onboard various boats.  This race attracts some great boats, for this marathon coarse, this year they’re adding a 3rd smaller coarse for slower boats, check the website out for more info on that. It’s a great spectacle, so if you’re on the riviera do watch out for this over the weekend. It’s also not too late to enter, one of those bucket list races for the inland sailor surely? 

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