As usual, there was a big crowd in Brightlingsea watching the 7 a.m. start of the annual smack and barge race. A big fleet of smacks - with a few of our Cracker crew on board this year - fought for a good start. There days the smacks are tuned and rigged to race and many of them carry some serious sail areas, carefully set.
It's good to see a town turn out at dawn to watch too - a proper sense of community. Seaside towns are special places aren't they?