Nick Ardley, Thames estuary ditch-crawler, river, creek and coastal sailor.

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Nick Ardley sails the Thames estuary from the Island Yacht Club on Canvey Island, Essex, where he has been based since around 1980. He enjoys his coastal hops immensely, but, it is the rivers and creeks themselves that causes a welling up of a magic within him: so much history abounds around the edges of those waters where much has disappeared. Often, the many waterside industries have left little trace, yet, although some rest in living memory they are now largely forgotten by most. Nick picks up on some of this and other more distant snippets of historical and topographical interest, weaving them into the web of his tales of sailing the magical ditches within the estuary, his mate at his side listening…


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