To Lowestoft

Great first day sailing, with just enough excitement, in the form of bad weather, to keep us on our toes.
Left Levington just before 11am, high tide was about 3pm so we had the tide against us for a few hours. We left home in the rain, by the time we were out of the river we had sunshine and about 10 knots of south-easterly breeze.
Motor-sailed quite a bit of the 45 miles, managed a couple of hours without the engine, bliss! We were just about to hoist the cruising chute when Joe noticed the squall appearing to the south-west, cruising chute was promptly re-stowed, engine back on and we headed for the shelter of Lowestoft sharpish. Arrived off Lowestoft simultaneously with storm, winds now gusting up to 36 knots so we, or rather, the skipper, got a bit of a drenching, while Joe and I admired his cool-headed, skilful, boat-handling from the shelter of Lowestoft the spray-hood.
Tied up, kettle on at 6.30, supper in the beautiful Royal Norfolk and Suffolk Yacht Club where, incidentally, the men's loos, are rather magnificent! Original Victorian copper cistern and pipes, all polished and gleaming, rumour has it they are listed, we were the only visitors to the yacht-club last night, so I was allowed to go and admire them with the men.
So a short but sweet visit to the welcome haven of Lowestoft, we will return another time, hopefully, to explore a little further afield.
This morning we were up before dawn, slipped our mooring at 5.30am and are heading north for Scarborough eta 10am Thursday.

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