Wednesday, 7 September 2016
Keep Turning Right (well ... sometimes left)
In my mind the best blogger of small boats is Dylan Winter, whose accounts of sailing round the UK in a Mirror Offshore and other boats are legendary. His blog title 'keepturningleft' is no doubt influenced by his political views, or is it that he is just circumnavigating the UK anti-clockwise?
Dylan has it all. Firstly he has the necessary wit, eccentricity and quirkiness; secondly, he has all the blogging skills, being a BBC cameraman, a naturalist and writer. A perfect combination.
Whilst Dylan keeps going left in bits, mostly on the East Coast, my mission is to keep going, but with no political ambition - I am just drawn the South Coast and South West, so it makes sense to turn right, whilst he is drawn to the great East Anglia coastline of his youth, with the amazing wildlife.
Dylan's Mirror Offshore, that he called the Slug after it's great looks and speed capabilities.
But I am having a go at the East Coast, still Turning Right by going up the Thames Estuary on the north shore, this time from Thorpe Bay to the small Two River Island, near Leigh on Sea, which I did yesterday.
I started opposite the Isle of Grain, where the power station is being decommissioned and the great 801 foot chimney was having it's last day. A lone cyclist stopped to photographic it with me, lamenting the end of the landmark, although I prefer the coast to be desolate and flat.
The Grain Tower from the Thorpe Bay Yacht Club on it's last day - photographed in the evening.
A grey overcast sky surrounded me as PicoMicroYacht was launched. A lazily moving finishing boat seemed to be stalking PicoMicroYacht as we headed off towards the Southend Pier.
The pier has to be appreciated from the water, the pier head being 1.34 miles from the land.
The next stage was to row up to Canvey Island - looking round I saw some large boats coming down the estuary, the sky especially gloomy but atmospheric.