Wood Sorrel
(Wood Class 24)

September 2007

2007 Wood Sorrel at home in Hunter’s Yard

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  Wood Sorrel is one of many original timber built yachts from the Norfolk Heritage Fleet Trust at Hunters Yard, Ludham on the Norfolk Broads.
  They have Gas cookers and Oil lamps but no Electricity or Engine (just a Quant).  They are Gaf rigged sloops with self tacking Jib and built in the early 1930’s.   Wood Sorrel was built in 1933, has a draft of 2 ft 6 inches, Beam of 7 ft 6 inches, a Bridge clearance of 5 ft 11 inches and a maximum headroom of 5 ft 9 inches (aft) with the Top raised.  They sail very well and require just a little experience.  The Galley in situated in the Cockpit and in inclement weather the vessel has to be moored and the Top raised for protection.  The Heads on the 24 ft yachts was sighted where a fourth berth would be leaving absolutely NO privacy for the user of the no. 3 berth holder.  With 3 persons on board the use of our heads was banned after hours.
  Our experience was organised by YOSC in September 2007 with a fleet of 5 yachts, 2 qty 24ft (2 - 3 berths) and 3 qty 28 ft (3 - 4 berths).  The original charter was for a full week sailing but unfortunately the rain was so heavy after a few days that most of the fleet aborted after 4 days.  The overall highlight was undoubtledy our first (and only) serious problem with the loss of our Quant. This required a rather quick trip in our dinghy to retrieve it. It was interesting to note 2 fishermen nearby not taking the least bit of notice as they had probably seen it happen so many times before.

Hunter's Yard where we all gathered for first hand instruction for those of us unaccustomed to Gaff Rigged yachts

Our facilities next and opposite the Forepeak berth, hence the need to restrict its use overnight

Retrieving the Quant

Another yacht shooting the bridge at Potter Heigham by lowering their mast and using the Quant for propulsion

Potter Heigham bridge showing how little clearance there is.  One has to judge the tide at all times

Our fleet neatly moored for the night with the promise of inclement weather to come

We all arrived at Hickling Broad for an evening meal, drinks and a night's rest

The rain came down so hard that Hunters Yard staff placed Duck Boards to keep us out of the impending flood