Saturday, September 22, 2012


What a wonderful day it has been! A fleeting high pressure area passed over the UK.  For tomorrow there’s a dreadful forecast of rain; therefore I took the opportunity this morning to escape into infinity.

In only thirty five minutes I was at Burnham Yacht Harbour, and from there I ambled along the path beside the sea wall. When I looked to the south over the River Crouch the dazzling autumn sun reflected off the water. A gentle north wind was sufficient for a fleet of Optimists racing off the Crouch Yacht Club. It was just after low water, and there were acres of oozing mud stretching from the sea wall to the water’s edge. Many yachts were at rest, tethered to their moorings, as they obediently faced the incoming tide.

I walked past the Royal Burnham Yacht Club where there was an awakening; folk were gathering prior to being ferried to their yachts. They would be racing Royal Burnham One Designs – that’s if the wind didn’t peter out before the start. I continued beyond the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club; my eyes frequently scanned the water for activity. I examined yachts to see if there were any new ones, i.e., those I had not seen before. There was nothing special; in fact there was a quiet sleepiness, as only a handful of boats were under sail. A little trawler was at work on the far side of the river.

Beyond Rice and Cole Boatyard there were few people, only dog walkers and riders of mountain bikes. I continued until I came to a spot where, for a while, I was on my own – there I found peace, and quietness. How lovely it was to feel the warmth of the sun, to keep company with butterflies, marvel at the colours of the sky and to gaze into infinity. Surely, I met with God and was blessed. 


Crouch Yacht Club

Royal Burnham Yacht Club

Royal Corinthian Yacht Club

Rice and Cole



Volney said...

Hi Bill, A while back left a message after your Stadt Buccaneer article if you could please contact me re. more info on the yachts characteristics. Thank you. Regards, Volney

William Serjeant said...

Hi Volney,

My Buccaneer was a superb boat, seaworthy and a joy to sail. She was very well built by an amateur, as most of them were.

I think the article you mentioned can be found here:

If you want to ask particular questions about the boat please leave me your email address in the comments section, and I'll get back to you.

Best wishes,

Volney said...

Thank you Bill, I left my email address at the end of that article.
Regards, Volney

William Serjeant said...


I'm sorry about missing your email address. I'll get back to you right away.