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Old 15 May 2024, 14:19   #1
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Country: UK - England
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26th May 2024 Tour de Fort, with a Bang

Heading for a tour of the Mansual Forts (Red Sands, Shivering Sands, Knock John Tower, Roughs Tower aka Sealand), Dinner in Harwich where there is a free walk ashore berth or we can eat at Clacton and anchor off the beach but TBC depending on group views and the weather.
Returning via Clacton Pier for Fireworks around 21:00 before returning to Brightlingsea to recover.

Route is approx 90 NM and there is no provision to purchase fuel on route so you will need to carry sufficient for your vessel.

The legs from Clacton Pier to Brightlingsea will be in darkness, and you will require nav lights on the vessel.

Great trip to build hours especially night hours if required.
Fireworks are usually around 21:30 / 22:00 at Clacton Pier.

This is a cruise in company but you are responsible for your own passage planning, your boat must be adequate for such a trip and suitably equipped & provisioned.
If you're unsure if this is for you feel free to ask, happy to offer guidance if required.

Suggested equipment as advised by the RYA, https://www.rya.org.uk/.../equipment...easure-vessels

I will be a in RibRoulete; 7m Highfield RIB cruising around 25 kts.

I will be launching at Brightlingsea around 10:30/ 11:00 ish tbc

Published Tide Times for Brightlingsea on the 26th May 2024.
Low Tides:
1.1 m @ 08:46
1.0 m @ 21:05

High Tides:
3.9 m @ 02:41
3.8 m @ 14:57

Brightlingsea Harbour is a very nice and easy launch, the local Harbour master does charge a nominal Harbour Due but the slipway is accessible for most of the tide on a solid base without fear of sinking, though it is shallow at high tide and a vehicle with raised ground clearance or a length of rope can be useful if you want to keep the vehicle interior dry.

There is a local business offering a tractor launch and recovery Storing, launching an recovering your boat the easy way with our tractors for £30 in & out but they will not be open for recovery after the fireworks unless you can prearrange this with them.

The Harbour master may have berths available overnight if required. (pre-booking advised)
There is camping available locally on site and several places that "van life" is acceptable / will likely be tolerated the night.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maunsell_Forts
Proposed route; https://share.savvy-navvy.com/e/Cmk2dh7vCJb (subscription required)
This is very much weather dependant and its your call on what you consider to be safe conditions.

Anyone is welcome to attend, please share and invite.

https://www.facebook.com/events/470885855398285/
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