David Brider (davidbrider) wrote,
David Brider
davidbrider

This...

...is the Thames Sailing Barge, Xylonite.



Back in May 1989, I, with my friends from the Church of the Ascension youth club, spent a bank holiday weekend aboard her, sailing around the coast of Essex. I don't, if I'm honest, remember much of the detail of the weekend, except that we embarked (after a hearty fish and chip supper) from, and returned to, Maldon (and I have a very vivid recollection of, when I hit terra firma at the end of the weekend, feeling a bit wonky on my feet), that I befriended a rather scruffy ship's dog, and that there was porridge for breakfast. It's possible that we may have taken turns at the wheel, and/or helping with rigging.

It was, I do remember, a very enjoyable long weekend.

The Cirdan Sailing Trust, through which our weekend away was booked, is still going strong. Xylonite is no longer with them, but is now a private boat, with a heavily tarted up interior, available for private hire.
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