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  1. #11
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    Default Re: East coast advice...thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by pvb View Post
    I'm not sure that's really practical for your proposed trip. You need to be prepared to do some longer days, maybe 12-15 hours at times.
    +1. I did the trip in the other direction, admittedly with a fin keel, and found that the only practical route was from Whitby to Lowestoft in one go. With a shallow draft bilge keel you have more options, but not a lot more - basically Holderness and Lincolnshire don't have any useable harbours, barring the Humber, and even going into Grimsby substantially lengthens the voyage. We had three aboard and found that Whitby to Lowestoft worked.

  2. #12
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    Default Re: East coast advice...thanks!

    Lowestoft to Wells is 55 nautical miles. I'd recommend leaving Lowestoft with two hours of foul stream left to run (perhaps earlier at neaps). With a fair wind, you should be past Gt Yarmouth by slack water and in the vicinity of Sheringham/Weybourne as the fair stream ends. You then have about two hours into the strengthening foul stream to reach Blakeney (10-12 miles) or Wells (another 5 miles) by HW.
    The entrance to Blakeney is well marked and lit and the sand in the outer harbour is firm and reasonably flat, so you could dry out there.

    I've anchored overnight inside the groynes at Sea Palling and slept reasonably. Don't try to sail between the openings inshore of the groynes - sand bars extend out to them from the shore.
    The spring streams run at 3kts+ along the Norfolk coast - if the wind's light, I've anchored off the wait them out.
    Beware dense fields of pot markers off Cromer/Sheringham and strong northerly winds which make all North Norfolk harbour entrances dangerous.

    To stage the passage from Blakeney/Wells to Spurn/Grimsby, you might consider going into Wainfleet - see the the Gibraltar Point sailing club website at https://gpsc.org.uk.
    The anchorage at Spurn is suitable in north-easterlies. For winds south-east to west-north-west, anchor near Haile Sand Fort (south shore of the Humber mouth) or go into the adjacent Tetney Haven.
    Sailing north on the Lincolnshire coast, the Donna Nook range (south of the Humber entrance) is often active, though I've only been refused permission to cross once. It's not an issue if sailing direct from Wells.

  3. #13
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    Default Re: East coast advice...thanks!

    Thanks Fosdyke, Good info. Will digest and might come back with some questions!

    Cheers

  4. #14
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    Default Re: East coast advice...thanks!

    Is making the trip "single handed" a big part of the challenge, or would you consider getting a crew on board for parts of the East coast. That might allow you to make some bigger hops, which may be both quicker and safer?

  5. #15
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    Default Re: East coast advice...thanks!

    Done the day sailing around (singlehanded) a couple of times and found the longer passages were Milford to Padstow 14hrs - Lowestoft to Wells 12hrs and Wells to Grimsby.

    Once past Grimsby going north passages become shorter but think all the way round you'll still find yourself waiting for perfect weather to anchor if you only want to sail such short days.

    Good luck !

  6. #16
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    Default Re: East coast advice...thanks!

    We sailed up from the Crouch to the Caledonian Canal, and Scottish West coast, in May and are now on our way back. We had a similar aim to you, but have had to include some longer days, as others have said. On the way up, we stopped at Walton backwaters, Lowestoft, Wells, anchored behind Spurn Head (not very nice), anchored off Filey Brigg (lovely), Harlepool, Royal Quays in the Tyne, anchoered off Lindisfarne, Amble, Eyemouth, Anstruther (ridiculously expensive and poor facilities), Arbroath, Stonehaven, Peterhead, Whitehills, Lossiemouth, Inverness... On the way back we skipped some of the above and are in Royal Quays at present hoping to move on tomorrow. We used the engine an awful lot.
    Be prepared to sit out bad weather for several days, so preferably don't make any firm plans to be somewhere at a particular time. The main problem is waves rather than wind, making it uncomfortable or downright impossible to make decent progress.
    I hope it all goes well.

  7. #17
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    Default Re: East coast advice...thanks!

    If it helps your plans Great Yarmouth is about 8 miles north of Lowestoft: it might perhaps shave a useful small bit off a long passage.

    Not the most welcoming place for yachts, but you can moor up at the Town Quay for free. (I think officially there's a fee, but I'm not aware anybody has ever collected it - they're focused on ships). This Quay is on the right hand (east) side just before the first bridge, a couple of miles up the river, so well sheltered.

    Note that the Town Quay has vertical timber baulks which make fendering challenging if you don't have a fender board. You will stay afloat, but there is a rise and fall of tide to deal with, and a fair current whipping past at times. If you ask nicely and make a small donation you might be able to moor against the Lydia Eva (the last steam drifter/trawler - well worth a visit) which is moored there, and run by a jolly bunch of volunteers who seem to be there every day. This would be more comfortable than direct onto the quay.

    There are no facilities as such. (There are, though, loos just inside the Town Hall immediately adjacent, open weekday office hours.) Numerous shops, cafes and museums within a few hundred yards. The town is a bit grim overall, but there are some lovely buildings and establishments dotted around.

    Another unlikely spot is King's Lynn. Well out of your way, in the bottom left hand corner of the Wash, but very sheltered should you be stuck in those parts and unable to enter the North Norfolk harbours. Accessible 24hrs, I believe. There is now a visitors' pontoon next to the town centre (beyond the commercial port).

    An even more unlikely, but intriguing, possibility (but only if you are into creek crawling) is the Steeping River, just inside Gibraltar Point (top right-hand corner of the Wash). Very tidal - more or less dries out - and convoluted approach channel. You would need local advice for entry, and loan of a mooring, from Skegness Yacht Club, who have some sort of a base there.

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  9. #19
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    Default Re: East coast advice...thanks!

    Thanks to all for some interesting info. The possibility of an extra pair of hands for that part of the trip is not out of the question, something to consider.
    Ali-Alshira - did we meet in Lossie a couple of weeks ago? I think I might have taken your lines as you arrived?

  10. #20
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    Default Re: East coast advice...thanks!

    Have a look at visitmyharbour.com for port information - I've found it to be up to date and accurate. For example, it warned me of Anstruther's new outlandish pricing - £15.78 to enter, then berthing fee on top (in 2015, it was as £15 all in! [7.5m boat]).

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