Friday, May 31, 2013

Pottering - Part 36

In terms of wind and weather, Sunday morning looks best for setting off from Weymouth with aim of rounding Portland Bill and heading west.

That gives me a day of rest on Saturday. 

Today I went to Southwell by local bus, and from there I walked to The Bill. Glorious sunshine made it a pleasurable experience, and I was thrilled to hear several larks.

Such places are best appreciated when alone, but today there were many visitors, most of them having come by car, some by coach and others on foot.

I concentrated on seeing what I went to see: the Lighthouse, the Day Mark, the craggy rocks, and particularly the sea. I noted that at 15.00 there was a strong current running from west to east, but by 15.30 there was no movement of water whatsoever.

I stayed no later to observe the turn of tide.

Back at the boat I cooked a substantial meal comprised of two lamb chops, ample new potatoes, peas and carrots.

At 19.30 holidaymakers continue to sit at the quayside drinking beer and eating chips, but crab-catching youngsters have all gone.

Soon, peace and quiet will return.


Unknown said...


Hope your trip continues well though I have to say your journey to Weymouth sounds over-exciting to me. My wife and I had a fantastic day's sailing on Hickling Broad on Monday in an old half-decker and I'll put some of the pictures onto my blog later today. Nothing as exciting as yours but taking her back to base was a little more interesting than I had wished for. I have decided I'm not a fan of a balanced lug rig. I also ran into another Potter owner who has a B-Type - it's a small world.

My work on the boat has ground to a halt due to other pressures (decorating!) and our trip to the Broads but I should be able to finish the rudder and stock tomorrow ready for varnishing. I bought some Hempel satin varnish from the excellent Norfolk Marine in Wroxham and it's going to be interesting to see how that turns out.

We also visited the International Boatbuilding Training College in Lowestoft and spent a wonderful two hours being shown round. I'm even more determined to take a course there when I stop this silly thing called work. The boats they work on there are beautiful and I fell for a Dragon they are restoring and putting a pretty cabin on.

You are now beyond a day trip for me so I'm unlikely now to catch up with you before you return home unless I can find an excuse to head South West. Have a great trip and I hope to see you on the East Coast soon.


William Serjeant said...

Thanks Ian for your lengthy comment. Sounds to me that you have things right. Looking forward to following progress with the Potter.