|Awaiting the tide, the slip at Lydney|
The complication with balancing Lydney and Frampton is that I race a double-hander. So I can't just decide to up and shoot over to Lydney instead of racing at Frampton on any given day, as that would let my crew down. And Hels is not a lady to trifle with when it comes to her sailing.
|Dad & Ondine, launching from Lydney|
I've been wanting to sail down channel and pass under the Old Crossing for almost as long as I can remember. I think that one's a date to keep in the diary. I'll manage the negotiations with my wife a little closer to the time.
|Dad, over Frampton Sands|
|Aboard Ondine, approaching The Noose|
Admiralty Chart 1166 River Severn Avonmouth to Sharpness and Hock Cliff, which of course is my particular neck of the woods, is especially great, and part of the afore mentioned pining for the river bit has included a fair amount of idle browsing of the chart.
Evocative names abound: The Shoots, Whirls End, Milkmaid Rock, Leary Rock, Hen and Chickens, Slime Road, Pighole Pill, The Paddock, Fairtide Rock, The Royal Drift. And, of course, The Noose.
|Settled to await the morning tide, nearby to Bullo Pill|
Makes you wonder what ghosts of a story might be hidden behind each of these names.
Footnote: A moment's trawling through Google brought me to an interesting site about the history of the Severn: www.severntales.co.uk
I love the Internet for precisely things like this. The pictures of the grain barges that ploughed between Sharpness and Tewkesbury in the 80's are particularly evocative for me. Dad kept a 27' motor cruiser on the river back then called Paddler, based at Tewkesbury Marina but as often moored outside our house on Alney Island just upstream from Westgate Bridge at Gloucester. As a kid, he'd set me loose in Paddler's tender up at Tewkesbury and meet me at the end of the day back in Gloucester, or the other way around. The river narrows considerably below the upper parting on the final approaches to Gloucester. Meeting the CHASELEY or TIRLEY in the cut was quite the experience and a very early, very keen grounding in that moral of the IRPCS, "Might is right".
|Tender to Paddler, yours sincerely & early freedom|