Monthly Archive: August 2018

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What a Relief…

From the narrow twisty River Wissey     – to the broad man-made Relief Channel.  On Saturday Tentatrice and Cleddau left their Wissey moorings, cruised the short distance further north to Denver – and bore right at the Denver Sailing Club to access the Relief Channel Navigation.  After the devastating North Sea floods that overwhelmed many East Coast communities in 1953 improvements to river flood banks were made and new infrastructure was constructed to prevent a recurrence of flooding on such...

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Sweet Wissey

The River Wissey is another so far unexplored East Anglian river. Like the Lark  and Brandon Creek  the Wissey feeds into the Great Ouse. “While we’re here shall we explore the little rivers?” the Tentatrice First Mate had suggested.  Boatwif wouldn’t admit to a Tick List syndrome – but there is a chart on her computer of waterways so far explored – and this year the Cam, the Little Ouse and now the Wissey have been added to the “Boated”...

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Up the Creek…

9 miles from Ely along the Great Ouse is The Ship Inn – it sits at the mouth of the Little Ouse River, often referred to as Brandon Creek.  The little convoy (Cleddau and Tentatrice) regrouped as travelling partners at Littleport on Monday morning      and set off to explore another previously unvisited East Anglian waterway.  To turn onto a river about a third of the width of the Great Ouse came as rather a shock,    especially as the...

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Sound. Colour. Action. Bored? Never!

To be bored in Ely is to be bored with life… that was the gist of a conversation with an Ely local a few weeks ago. With this last weekend in Ely full of sound and colour, there was little chance of being bored.  Cleddau was moored alongside the Riverside Park,  a few hundred metres from Jubilee Gardens, the ‘bandstand park’. Quite early on Saturday morning the boom of a public address system, songs and a rhythmic beat indicated that...

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Where to? And where next…?

There was time to squeeze in one last little boat trip before the Cal Clan flew back to the US. But where to? From Ely, heading north, it’s a lock-free 16 mile straight wide trip out to Denver. A return to Pope’s Corner (south bound) could lead to a trip along the green weed-choked Old West River – or there was the river route from Pope’s Corner towards Cambridge. The latter option won the day, after all there are two...

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Easy days in Ely

29th July – 1st August Cleddau had arrived in Ely on a Sunday. Unusually, especially on a summer weekend, there were plenty of mooring spaces. Where were the gleaming white cruisers that cluster in front of the restaurants and along the waterfront? Maybe Friday’s tempest and Saturday’s gales had deterred the usual flotillas… The boat was tied up at about midday far enough away from any potential pub noise – and a mere few paces from the Jubilee Gardens. At...