Day 81 Return to Ramsgate
08 August 2017 | Ramsgate
Well, 81 days since leaving Ramsgate we make our return. It has been a fantastic experience, and I have met so many great people, and received so much help from everybody we have encountered, that my faith in British life has been well restored. The North East coast of England was a great surprise, some beautiful harbours , actually decent weather, and some real characters along the way. I suppose our luck with the weather ran out when we got to Arbroath, and the month of June was a horror, while all you soft souls in the south were complaining about the heat! Scotland was fantastic , I felt really at home having not lived there for 30 odd years, and was sad to leave. There are so many places I wish we could have time to see, that another , but different trip is already being contemplated.......
Well done all the crew - a boat is a small place to live in a for a long period, and I think we all managed pretty well. Juno , my yacht, never let us down , and I think the fact that we sailed 1800 miles without a hitch is a tribute to her quality.
Many thanks to all who have been following our blog, and commenting. You will not have realised how much encouragement this has given us.
I have been planning this since I was ill, and although fully recovered, was determined to see it through before anno domini takes over. Unfortunately for my family I haven't quite hung up the sailing boots yet!
Very best wishes to all.
PS more photos to come but I shall now retire from any more comment.
Day 80 Return to Dover.
06 August 2017
Left Eastbourne at 7 am and actually managed to get tides right so with good tide and help from engine - not much wind until Dover itself- arrived Granville Dock 1400. Pleasant surprise to have visit from partner Maria - I am beginning to be rehabilitated to life ashore. This will actually be strange after three mounts on Juno. Tomorrow Ramsgate and end of the adventure!
Day 79 Squalls, rough seas and wind farm boats...
05 August 2017 | Eastbourne
Left Portsmouth this morning with high hopes for lovely sail for Newhaven. First disappointment was that they have closed for visiting yachts in favour of wind farm boats - a familiar story. Nationwide thousands of these gas guzzling wind farm boats consume millions of gallons of diesel every year to help the green energy wind farms.
Second disappointment was a dangerously underestimated gale which came over us after we went through the Looe Channel past Selsey Bill. The boat was thrown all over the place by contrary winds, actually quite scary, as it happened suddenly and we had too much sail up . It didn't last long , but not before yours truly had the sort of soaking not experienced since Harbourmaster Bertie's "wee shower " in the Moray Firth, approaching Whitehills in June.
Hence we are now tied up in Eastbourne, ever confident that tomorrow's wonderful weather forecast will turn out to be correct!
Day 79 Portsmouth
05 August 2017 | Gosport
We had a lovely sail after the gales and rain eventually passed and allowed us to leave Poole. The Solent was fairly crowded ( Cowes Week), but we threaded our way through to Gosport Marina. There is very much and end of term feeling to the boat as we head along familiar waters to Ramsgate . Today we leave for Newhaven, then hopefully Dover and Ramsgate on Monday.
Picture shows peaceful early morning in Gosport.