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East Coast: Ipswich Rally
18th August 2017 - 21st August 2017
The Ipswich Rally coincided with the Ipswich Maritime Festival which meant that the waterside and marina’s were very busy with the entire Custom House quayside full of stalls, entertainment and historic boats. With the marina so full of visiting boats a great buzz could be felt around the pontoons.
The Haven Marina managed to berth us more or less together and were very accommodating with a 20% discount and the use of BBQ equipment and picnic tables, even gazeboes if rain had dared to appear. The WOA fleet of fourteen boats gathered ready for a meal at the Briarbank Brewers Tap on the Friday evening when 26 of us, together with 19 from the Walton and Frinton Yacht Club, overwhelmed the facilities, although we had some waits to be served, the food and beer was generally well received, the wait also allowed more chatter time.
Saturday dawned a little breezy and overcast but cleared as the day went on, a few late risers were evidence of a good Friday evening. The day was spent visiting the Maritime Festival, trying to avoid too many of the food and drink stalls. Getting through the press of people on the quay took some time, going with the flow being the trick. For many an afternoon siesta was a necessity. Saturday evening and we gathered outside the Haven Yacht Club building for a BBQ, the area was shared with the Walton and Frinton Yacht Club, Shotley Yacht Club and Felixstowe Ferry Yacht Club so lots of mingling opportunities and a great fellowship evening.
Sunday morning dawned bright and a little breezy, although it was probably hazy for some!!. The Maritime Festival continued to entertain us with music, some of us going across for breakfast on the quay. Thirteen of our more hardened sailors set off on the James Stevens 14, the oldest surviving motor lifeboat, down river to the Royal Harwich Yacht Club where a very fine lunch was had before returning the Ipswich mid afternoon.
Sunday evening there was an impromptu BBQ, finishing up the grub from Saturday night and then a general retirement to the boats for evening refreshments until the Grand Firework finale as darkness fell, with the fireworks almost overhead of the boats we had a great view.
Most of us departed on the Monday, waiting for the free flow through the lock at around midday after a very enjoyable rally with a great turnout. The attending boats were: Brightstar, Falcon, Trumpeter, Arion, Travelling Light, Limelight, Linnet, Sandpiper, Rumours, Permata, Rimau, Fore-Thought, Sharina 2 and Snow Queen.