SEA BEAR

 

A sailing blog about a skipper and his yacht

Thames Sailing Barge match race

by | Aug 29, 2022 | Voyage Logs

In early July I was down on Sea Bear for the annual Thames Barge match race on the Orwell. I watched from opposite the start line as the first pairs of barges started then I followed on down the river, out past Felixstowe, out to sea round the Pye end bouy then back and up the Stour before returning to Pin Mill. It was fine weather and fair winds. It was great to see so many barges out a sailing. When I see a sailing  barge it always reminds me of when, as a youngster our family holidays were taken on Canvey Island and we would see the barges sailing past. In those days the ’50’s  they were still working barges, so I must have witnessed some of their last days as coastal trading vessels.

Sailing Barges anchored off Pin Mill

Sailing Barges anchored off Pin Mill

Start of Barge race

Start of Barge race

Blackthorn & unknown

Blackthorn & unknown

Marjorie

Marjorie

Niagra

Niagra

Barges off Felixstowe

Barges off Felixstowe

 

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