Here is the proposed itinerary (weather permitting), visiting four Essex rivers in classic small boat cruising territory:
Sat 25th May: Arrive at Fambridge Yacht Haven (about 25 miles from M25). Launching from approx 2pm
Sun 26th May: Shakedown cruise downriver to Burnham-on-Crouch
Mon 27th May: Sail to Tollesbury Marina on the river Blackwater, crossing the famous East coast sand banks
Tue 28th May: Cruise up the Blackwater to Heybridge Basin, near the head of the river at Maldon.
Wed 29th May: Sail into the Colne to stay either in harbour at Brightlingsea, or possibly anchor overnight in the Pyefleet channel
Thu 30th May: Return to the Crouch, staying either in harbour at Burnham or anchored on the river Roach
Fri 31st May: River cruise, finishing at Fambridge. End of official rally
Sat 1st June: Haul out or informal sailing.
This trip will be mostly based in marinas, with several opportunities to spend a night at anchor, for those that wish. It will be suited to most levels of experience and anyone who has been to a previous rally will know how much help is available.