News from Creekside - June 2011
Most booksellers tell us this is a difficult time to sell books. Because of the tough economic period we have delayed publishing another book for two years, but Coastal Suffolk seems to have been well received and greatly enjoyed by the public so we have continued with Coastal Essex. Unlike the now famous 1990s Estuary Series it is not intended to continue along the East Coast.
Coastal Essex comes out on June 24 2011 and it attempts to tell the story of the towns and villages on this coast. It also deals with the boats and people who sail from Essex ports. The research for this has been very much getting out and sailing on the coast and rivers. There is nothing like seeing these places first hand from the water to understand the area.
The 2011 sailing season is well underway and Robert is sailing with his son Jonathan on the bawley Mary Amelia as usual. As we are not part of the competitive Essex smack racing scene it was good to win the Bawley Trophy at the Pin Mill Smack Race. The first time any of the East Coast races has given a separate prize for the bawleys. The week before we had sailed in Cornwall with our lugger Silver Stream in the Looe Lugger Regatta. Robert got the prize for the oldest skipper and, with Pearl, was given the new Sportsman Trophy for making such an effort to take part in these events.
It also looks now as if we are going to restore the Suffolk beach boat Shady Nook, built by Everson’s at Woodbridge in 1955. She was the last fishing boat kept on Thorpeness beach and was fished by Tony Ralph and John Westrup and his son Graham Westrup. She will probably be put back in a usable condition as Jonathan’s son Harry wants to do a shell fish enterprise when he leaves school.
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