Posted by Magnus Smith on October 18, 2016 at 01:37:23 user Magnus.
In Reply to: Re: 'Secret Water' News posted by RichardG on October 17, 2016 at 08:33:55:
To launch a dinghy on the Walton Backwaters...
I find that attending the annual 'Swamazons' race, run by the Old Gaffers Association, from Walton & Frinton Yacht Club is the best way. The club is open to all race entrants (a small fee to enter) and you get to see lots of beautiful old dinghies, plus safety boat cover as you race round the island.
If you are a member of a sailing club, a courtesy email to W&FYC will probably grant you permission to use their facilities as a visitor, for one day. You can only launch between mid and high tide though.
NOTE THAT THE CAR PARK NEAR THE CLUB WILL FLOOD AT HIGH TIDE! ASK WHERE IS SAFE TO PARK!
I have paid to launch a dinghy from Titchmarsh Marina too, which costs a little more than feels suitable (in my opinion). I suppose it is more geared up for yachts. There is a concrete slipway so you can launch at any state of the tide. The gates close at 5pm which might cut short your visit if intending to tow your dinghy away and the end of the day.
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