It was blowing a gale (force 7 - 8) from the North today, so after a brief discussion at 5am we decided to stay in port. Brightlingsea is usually quiet, and on public holidays it seems to be the sort of place that people leave rather visiting. It does have a quiet old world charm however as a reminder of its heyday as a centre of inshore fishing and boat building, both now gone.
We found that even the harbour water taxi does not operate in strong winds due to safety concerns, which made us feel that we had been wise to stay in port.
We are hoping for better, or at least gentler winds tomorrow.