Page updated 15 October 2020
Found in eastern England, the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads are a complex of shallow lakes, interconnected by around 200 miles of navigable rivers. They have been a playground for visitors with an interest in boating and wildlife for around two centuries.
It took a bit of persuading to get Mother to accept another boating holiday, after the cramped conditions and baking heat of the Llangollen cruise in 1963, so it was 1965 when we took to the water again on the Norfolk Broads.
My brother Mike, two school friends and I hire "Buzzard", the cheapest yacht in the Blakes catalogue.
The final holiday taken with my parents was aboard the Yacht "Spindrift 1", hired from the Eastwood Whelpton yard at Upton on the Norfolk Broads.
On retiring to Norfolk Dad bought a SeaHawk. which the family named "Jemima". He bought it to encourage frequent visits by his children. It worked for me! These are the photographs of a cruise taken with friend, Tim Iliffe, a colleague of mine when a youth worker in Northampton.
After a party at my brother's house, from Hertfordshire, friends Tony and Annette travelled in convoy to my parent's home to come cruising with me aboard Dad's SeaHawk.
This was the original "holding page" for 1970s Jemima stories. Then I prepared the story of the 1976 cruise. This page will be filled out later!
See also the separate SeaHawk section which includes my more recent exploits in my own boat.
Part of the celebrations for my brother's fiftieth birthday involved a trip aboard "Walnut", hired from Martham Boat Building and Development Company.
Mike and I take a Canoe from Wayford Bridge and explore the North Walsham and Dilham Canal, including the East Ruston Branch and get to Dilham to see Dad's old mooring.
It's October and Diana and I try to make arrangements to go canoeing with friends Izy and Kevin at Hickling, but it doesn't work out that way.
I get an invitation to assist with the launch of a friend's Pirate at the boatyard just a mile from home and then go on the initial voyage to his mooring at Barton Broad.