We’re here! A lovely sail up into the river brought us that much closer to our new home port.
Leaving early Thursday, September 18, we motor-sailed to the mouth of Orwell River. Carefully heading towards the waypoints Max had plotted to avoid the numerous sandbars and wind farms,
we arrived at Felixstowe.
A huge shipping port, we sailed slowly past lumbering cranes lading containers onto patient ships. We thought of our shipping friends Rod Jones and Steve Palmer who could probably tell us all the logistics required for loading these ships.
Other sailboats were enjoying the gentle breeze on a warm September afternoon before heading to their evening anchorage.
Having planned to get to Ipswich at the head of the river, we were so taken with the idyllic scenes along the water we decided to stop for the night.
Able to easily find a spare mooring, we spent late afternoon and night absorbing the tranquility and beauty of the English countryside.
The next morning we slipped off the mooring heading for our last stretch of boating in 2014.
Both of us smiling knowing we had almost completed our goal of reaching our home berth after leaving Orr’s Island June 6.
We passed ships, or, rather, they passed us,
and, we waved to those docked along the shore.
After crossing under the bridge,
we called to alert the Ipswich Lock Keeper we were headed his way. A welcoming voice responded telling us to tie up starboard to when the lock opened.
We later found out the friendly voice belonged to Clive. We also discovered from some new friends Clive use to play music appropriate to the situation… Unfortuantley, someone complained about the music, so his bosses told him to stop or be let go. Now, he welcomes and releases boaters with a gentle ‘off you go’, which we can hear from our berth.
And, now, we’re home!
The folk are wonderful, starting with the marina management, Linda, Chris, and Natashia, as well as the boatbuilders we see when walking to/from town.
Fellow live-aboards, cruisers, and local boaters are welcoming and informative. No sooner had we berthed that at least three different people came up to welcome us.
Julie and Rick, Leslie (from Virginia Beach originally!) and Adrian, Anne and Peter, Janet and Richard as well as those we haven’t formally met but with whom we’ve smiled and good-morning’ed, well, we feel as if the community has given us a huge hug.
And, how can one not appreciate waking up and finding these lovelies beside your boat?
Ipswich, we’re delighted to be here :)