The most obvious time to arrive at West Mersea is on the afternoon high water. Visiting yachts should contact the launch man as they approach the Nass Beacon on Ch 37 and will be allocated a mooring on arrival. The launch service will take you ashore.
Saturday- High water Burnham 0514 Low water Burnham 1125 High water West Mersea 1712
West Mersea Yacht Club – Pre-dinner drinks from 1900 followed by Dinner at 2000 – Be prepared to leave the Yacht Club soon after 2200 as the launch service finishes at 2300.
Shallow draft fleet, most motor boats and some larger sailing cruisers have the option of crossing from the Crouch to the Blackwater via the Raysand channel. Larger yachts usually head further seawards and cross the Swin Spitway.
Opportunities for cruising in company on the Friday or Saturday and returning on the Sunday or Monday will evolve as the forecast becomes more reliable. I will advise details of the options as I see them later this week by email and via the WhatsApp group. If you are not on the Cruiser Fleet email or WhatsApp Groups and wish to be in the loop please contact me asap.
Unfortunately for crews of smaller boats, being Bank Holiday Weekend, there is very little suitable accommodation ashore so my advice is to only make the trip if you can overnight onboard your boat.
I have made provisional bookings to secure moorings and dinner so please let me know if you would like to join us for this event. It is not a firm commitment at this stage, numbers will have to be confirmed later in the week.
Steve Barham – Cruiser Fleet Captain
21st May 2019