Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Osea Leisure Park

If you don't sail locally but you'd like to get a feel for marshland Essex; hear the sounds of seabirds and watch marram grass swaying in the breeze; experience the twice daily tides lap the shores of Viking islands Osea and Northey, and all under the big sky country of the Blackwater estuary, and would rather do it  in a tent or caravan along with the rest of your family then Osea Leisure Park, on the northern shore of the upper Blackwater is the place to do it. The park has been running since 1933 and has managed to keep up with changing demands of its discerning campers. As well as the more familiar caravan holiday or pitching of ones own tent on a meadow you can now experience 'Glamping' which is a very comfortable form of camping with a few more of the mod-cons of a modern home, but set in the glorious outdoors close to nature.
 You can try this very fashionable form of camping in the canvas Lodge Tent, which has heating and small terrace and standing head height, or the Shepherd Hut - an early type of caravan.  There is a new Osea View cafe due to open in May and walkers on the seawall will be able to try this too. The newest addition to the park are a row of beach huts being built on the foreshore. This is an attempt to reclaim those halcyon days of  the Blackwater beach holiday. For those who are yet to experience what this unique area has to offer take a look at their website osealeisure. Here's a link to a recent article in EADT24 about the park and its owners

Back to those halcyon days. Still under construction, a row of ten huts on stilts are new additions to the foreshore along Mill Beach

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Winkler Flyer2

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Monday, 21 April 2014


To guide us in our everyday lives there are signs placed everywhere we go. These might be warning signs that tell us to ‘Keep Off’, ‘ Keep Out’ or ‘Do Not Park’. Others, such as road signs and street names, or painted arrows that point us in the right direction,  are more helpful and show us the way to our destination. All of these instill order and formality into our subconsciousness.  
Graffiti is visual signage too:  In many instances it may well be seen as a criminal act of vandalism, or an artistic creation, expressive in its message, by others.
 Graffiti is well established in the urban environment where we might expect to see it adorn train carriages and station walls. It is used to decorate, to purvey a message, and it can be used to mark territory by gangs. When you think about it how else could a young person express themselves to a wider audience in pre-internet times. Graffiti is found in, what is perhaps, more unlikely places as well - beside the sea being one of them. When I see graffiti by the sea I don’t just see it as an image for me it evokes memories from my own youth. I see a young boy, but it may well have been a young girl or even an adult, from an urban environment interacting with the sea, trading thoughts and making statements in quiet places of remoteness and solitude.
Born in inner London I grew up where graffiti was part and parcel of the surroundings - the wallpaper of city life. During the 60s, 70s and early 80s my family, as did many others, had a weekly escape from our concrete surroundings in the form of the Essex sea-coast.  This, for me, was a sanctuary where a small boy from the  cobbles would be set free. Here, my eyes could be stretched to their focal limits with seascape views that were unobstructed by tall buildings. Mentally, I was stripped clean from the clutter and claustrophobia of walls and pavements that are the maze of grimy, grey, city streets. Physically, I was released from the noise of cars and buses. Our family's lives were transformed like this on an almost weekly basis from this enclosure of concrete and oft-graffiti-ed walling to the open, flat-lands of Essex with its theater of blue skies and a endless horizon on the salty sea that looked like a ship could disappear over the edge of it and with air so clean it made you tired. Hence my fascination with Graffiti-on-Sea.
  I have a growing collection of images, taken all over the East Coast, that I will be showing through the Creeksailor pages under the above heading. Hope you are as intrigued by them as I am.
Bill Meroy Creek

Fame - River Thames

A neatly scribed message from a female perspective

Bill Meroy Creek

River Thames
Graffiti-on-Sea can be like marmite you either hate it or love it. Or perhaps like me you are indifferent. Whatever your persuasion, it is there.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Winkler Flyer

I simply loved bringing sail back to this wonderful little cut.
Only a few left. Once they are gone they are gone Winkler's Tales

Monday, 14 April 2014

Havengore Route

 Having mentioned this route, or the bridge, in a few magazine articles now I thought it might be useful to accompany those with this clip of Shoal Waters sailing through Havengore Bridge.

Monday, 7 April 2014

8' Rowing Boat Converted For Sailing

 Sea Trials. The completed dinghy now ready for sailing.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Wordy whats coming up

A few wordy things to look out for over the coming months. Firstly please do take a look at the Creeksailor Twitter page and say hi, even follow and spread the word if you are able to.

If you missed the Creeksailor feature in February's Sailing Today magazine take a look at next months YachtingMonthly, in the shops this week, for a lovely feature called A Pattern of Creeks.
There is also a feature about sailing the creeks of Essex in a forthcoming issue of the Countryman magazine .

For readers on the USA side of the Atlantic there will be a feature on Thames Estuary cruising in Shoal Waters in a forthcoming edition of Small Craft Advisor Magazine. Copies of the Creeksailor book Ready About on the River Blackwater are also obtainable from Small Craft Advisor in the USA.

On the book front here, Winkler's Tales has been sent out to Australia (including Tasmania), Ireland, New Zealand and the USA. And of course, parts of Britain.
There is another cruising book "in the pipe" as we speak, which should be available by September. But more about this as and when I know of any definite date of availability.  

No doubt with the longer days and brighter weather upon us cruisers are being dusted off, and the necessary paint and varnish applied.
Good Sailing for now, TS