A beautiful time had on Nancy Blackett sailing for four days with the children. This time we managed to go to sea.
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Most of Bear’s replies were ‘no’, but eventually she started to have a sensible conversation
Both our big chaps did a great job of helming. Bee seems to have a really good sense of understanding the wind.
The intrepid explorer was very stable walking about the boat and did a strong job of helming
JJ kept watching the ‘inclinometer’, which reached 15 degrees, though a couple of days later with MIP and Bear on board we got to just over 25!
On the way from Ling’s Meadow to J’s mothers we called in at Woolverstone Marina to see if the Nancy Blackett was home. She was, and the Skipper and Mate who had just arrived kindly took the children aboard and showed them around. Picking up on our children’s enthusiasm they then decided the depth finder should be checked.
Next they decided the sails needed checking. We took some very happy children home that night (and then joined the Nancy Blackett Trust).
The afternoon was spent at Shotley, with Felixtowe and Harwich across the water, as this is the next stage in We Didn’t Mean To Go To Sea. We watched a couple of boats coming into Shotley marina through the lock, (continuing the Arthur Ransome theme, as 1 was called Nancy Blackett)