Goritsy - Sheksna - Cherepovets
Well, the last leg of the journey to Cherepovets is ahead - the place where we decided to raise the boat out of the water for a complete repair of the rampart and, most likely, to winter. We have been traveling for more than a month, and if we take into account the preparations for the launch of the boat, then almost two. We must return before relatives and colleagues forget what we look like. Although, to be honest, there would be no breakdowns, we would still go and go further south))
At about nine in the morning we pass the village of Goritsy. Here is the Goritsky monastery.
Mountains left behind
There is more intensive traffic of cruise ships on Sheksna. Some, especially irresponsible, strive to squeeze us out of the ship's passage. Once we ourselves (without the help of the ship, purely for fun))) go out there, and immediately run aground. It's good that the wind blows from the shallows, and as soon as we raise the sail, we are instantly pulled into deep water))
A little further Gorits is the entrance to the North Dvina system. The locks here are quite small, they say, until recently they were completely wooden. If you have time, you can get to Kirillov along the canal and see the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery. We don't have time and we pass by.
Kites often circle over coastal vegetation. But the eagles are no longer visible
By six in the evening we approach the mouth of the Irdomka River - the right tributary of the Sheksna. A flooded forest stretches almost the entire width of the entrance to the river, leaving only a narrow passage near the right bank. We go here for the night. A good cloud is coming towards me, and I hasten to quickly slip through the mouth and anchor, and Kolya from the bow of the boat constantly reins in my agility - yet the flooded forest is very close. As a result, we anchor in the pouring rain))
Well, as always in the evening we are shown another series of sunsets)))
In the morning of the next day, we leave back to Sheksna and do our best to keep up with the next tug "Petrokrepost" in the same direction as us, hoping to pass the locks in Sheksna in the same bundle with it. At the last turn of the channel, we are lagging behind, but we hear on the air: "Petrokrepost" reports to the lock controller that a sailing sailboat is following her, and they will wait for us))
We pass the gateway very quickly and completely without incident. Experience, however
And again a very narrow ship passage and oncoming ships
Alexander Pushkin and Maxim Gorky are catching up with us. To miss them, I almost had to run aground)
And there are enough shallows here - there, you see, the heron is standing in the middle of the river - she is knee-deep there)))
Huge flocks of seagulls appear closer to Cherepovets
And different ducks
At about four o'clock we see the chimneys of factories in the distance, and by five in the evening we are in Cherepovets.
We approach the October bridge. Here, ships are waiting for something at anchor, entering and leaving the Rybinsk Reservoir.
The navigable span is the extreme right, immediately after it we need to turn and go along the bridge to the opposite bank
In the Cherepovets cruising sailboat club, you can see it between the bridge piers
Well, we can't live without adventures!))) Not reaching 200-300 m to the target, we run aground) Yes, we landed so well! The strand here is very flat, and we noticed it too late, when we had already climbed two lengths of the boat on it. Reversing does not help, the footstocks go a meter into the liquid muddy ground and do not provide support, the wind only aggravates the situation, dragging us even further aground. I phone the club and ask them to organize a rescue operation. Soon two nice guys will come to us and take us on board))
Kolya has to be hung overboard on a boom in order to heel the boat a little, the guys are dragging us, but ... all to no avail. We give up in twenty minutes. The guys promise to sail a little later on a more powerful boat.
Soon a dinghy comes up to us and also tries to pull us afloat, but the outcome is clear to us in advance, and the second round lasts much less than the first.
The dinghy leaves and I, remembering that the rescue of drowning people is the work of you know who, I decide to bring the anchor on the dinghy away from the shallows and drag myself. Kolya brings in an anchor, puts a rope on a clew winch and pulls. On the first attempt, we break through a good furrow at the bottom of the Sheksna, and on the second, we slowly turn the sailboat with its bow away from the shoal. We give speed to the engine and get down to the depth. Hurray!)) We retreat back to the ship's passage and make a big detour to approach the sailboat club. We are mooring. Everything.
We stayed at the cruising sailboat club for a week and would love to stay there for the winter. We really liked the local sailboatsmen. Some of us became friends. Who would have thought that the girlfriend of Ilya, the one who selflessly dragged us from the shallows on the "Abordage", takes pictures of birds and also sails)) In general, we really liked the people in Cherepovets (not counting the scammer at the Sberbank ATM, but I immediately saw through it and drove away)) Unfortunately, in the cruising sailboat club it was not possible to pull our boat ashore. So we went up in the club oppositeiv. And this is a view of the city from the place of our weekly parking.
That's all. Thanks to everyone who read my notes, I understand that it was hard and therefore I appreciate the attention to them especially))) I will continue next season, while you rest, have a good winter!)))