A week in Norfolk - a bridge too far
Position 36:51.14N 076:17.89W
Date 2359 Sunday 25 September 2011
Following our arrival in
Sid and Rebecca left on Monday morning and the boat seemed empty as I
started to turn it into a floating laundry and to clean the boat ready for our
12nm journey on Wednesday down the Inter Coastal Waterway (ICW) to the Atlantic
Yacht Basin (AYB) where I was to store the boat afloat whilst I returned to the
Caduceus has an air draft of approximately 79ft. The AYB lies just before a 65ft fixed bridge which marks our limit of navigation on the ICW. The AYB lies beyond the Great Bridge Lock which protects it from tidal surges, it is well sheltered and the water is brackish which limits marine growth. It is therefore an ideal place to store the boat afloat for the remainder of the hurricane season and into winter and until the Mate is fit enough to return to a life afloat.
That is the good news, the bad news is that to get to the AYB it is
necessary to pass through a number of opening bridges one of which, the
So I sat at the bottom of
Their hospitality and patience with a stream of queries and requests
for assistance and advice were of great value.
A new flight was booked for Wednesday 28 September and the week passed quickly.