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East Coast HROA Rally to Woodbridge

Members enjoyed a pontoon party, dinner at The Anchor, and a private tour of the tide mill in the historic Suffolk harbour of Woodbridge.

Gathering at the Woodbridge marina for the start of the HROA East Coast rally, members enjoyed drinks aboard organiser's Bram Van Der Have's HR 34 'Athena of Lymington', but with the party being a little too many people for one cockpit, it gently spilled over onto the Woods's immaculate HR342 'Safir' moored alongside. That evening on to an excellent pub supper at the famous Anchor pub, where local sailors report all Woodbridge yachting business is transacted.

Early start for the rally to visit the nearby tide mill, a rare surviving example of a building now Grade 1 listed, that uses the action of the immense tidal range of up to 5 metres to power the wheel as the water floods into a large reservoir, then drains out on the ebb. A mill has been standing here since the 10th century, the current building dating back to Tudor times. Now the original tidal pool has been turned into a neat marina. 'Esperanza', Rutger Steenmeijer's magnificent HR 46, which had to negotiate the narrow entrance astern into her tight berth, after a remarkable 12 hour passage recording an average of 8.5 knots across to join the rally from Blankenburg.