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Taking Maud South

This is now the third year that the Trust has taken Maud “south” in the month of June and members have enjoyed the trip from Acle Bridge to the southern rivers.

Of course it all starts with a trip from Womack to Acle Bridge and this year was no exception. Jimmy was our skipper on the Friday evening of 8th June and everyone enjoyed the opportunity of a gentle sail down river with plenty of opportunity to see and photograph wildlife including marsh harriers. We took both tenders which was fortunate as Gem’s engine cut out and would not re-start. Diagnosis by engineer Paul the following morning was a faulty hose, causing air to enter the fuel line. The cunning plan, that worked like a charm, was for Nick to get spares in Yarmouth and lower them from the bridge as Maud was passing beneath.

Navigating Under Bridge
photo by Gerald Thomas

For the second leg of our journey, Acle to Hardley Windmill, Kim was the skipper. Some interesting photos were taken, again by Gerald, as we passed under the bridges in Yarmouth.

An interesting feature of the trip was learning from Kim how skippers used to create a “window” by hitching up the sail to reefing points when the sail was preventing them seeing ahead. In this case it proved difficult as the reefing cords were not long enough. Kim plans to put longer cords in that position to make it easier in future.

photo by David Pilch
photo by David Pilch

And all on board had some time for relaxation. Spot the skipper taking photos of the landscape while Harry is at the helm clearly enjoying the experience.

photo by David Pilch


Wherry Maud Trust Lunch – Saturday 17th February 2018

Acle Bridge Inn was the venue for our winter members’ lunch and 27 people came along. At the pub there is a newly refurbished back room with large television that enabled Martin, our archivist, to show photos throughout the meal.members lunch 2018
It was pleasing to welcome a few new members as well as those who have supported Maud for many years. There was a good buzz of conversation throughout and memories were tested by the short quiz on Maud’s history. Not surprisingly the winners were old friends of Maud, although no team got full marks and the tie breaker was not needed.

The facilities, the food and the service could not be faulted. All excellent and thanks to Phil, Vanessa and their team.

Maud is in commission again

After a successful re-launch in heavy rain on Friday 8th September the trustees of Maud are pleased to report that Maud is ready to sail again from the Norfolk Wherry Trust base at Womack.
On Sunday 17th September re-rigging was completed under the watchful eye of skipper Kim Dowe.

Kim and his crew then set out from Burgh Castle to return to Ludham. Unfortunately conditions in the shape of a head wind for the first part of the journey across Breydon and later very light winds prevented raising sail and the whole trip was done with the tender pushing. Maud arrived at Acle Bridge just as it got dark.

On the following day Ian Scowen skippered Maud, again under engine, from Acle Bridge to Womack.
This coming Sunday morning, 8th October, Maud will be making a couple of short trips from Womack and we are hoping for favourable winds so that we can say that Maud is actually sailing again after the refit.

Thank you to our new member Sue Grief for these superb photos she took of events on the 17th September.

Linda Pargeter
3 October 2017