What a Blast to Grimsby
23 October 2018 | NE England
We left Eyemouth at 11am on Monday with 180nm to run to Grimsby. We had fantastic sailing weather with a NW wind, so broad reach or downwind sailing, the wind between 15 - 25 kts. We also had the tide with us so Destiny was blasting along at 7- 9 kts. We arrived in Grimsby a whole tide early which meant we had to anchor up opposite the Fish dock for several hours to then be able to get through the tidal lock gate to moor up at the Humber Cruising Associations Marina. 180nm in 24 hours ... FANTASTIC Navigating up the river was interesting having to cross the commercial ship lanes 3 times and keep a listen out on various VHF stations. It is also very shallow with tides, hence the various crossings to get the least flood tide against us. When we leave early tomorrow we simply stay on the south side of the river to the estuary entrance then head south past The Wash, finally arriving in Ipswich late Thursday. If we are lucky it will be another 'blast'. The Arctic has been great but by the nature of its weather you tend to do approximately 50:50% sailing and motoring, so the last week of good winds and almost 100% sailing has been great. It is also still warm, for us anyhow!
Another day of strong winds so we have enjoyed exploring Grimsby. We went into town to sort a mobile phone today and visited the inside town market. Great place with stalls full of locally grown vegetables, butchers and bakery stalls. Interestingly, whilst in the Arctic countries we have had to use very little cash. Since being back in the UK and stopping in small places we have had to use cash, particularly today in the town market. Niels and Oddný gave us a parting gift of kale from their allotment in Iceland so we have a taste for it. We bought some today along with a Romenesc, some delicious Brussel Sprouts (gently sauté in butter) and Sweet Potato. Great accompaniments to the lamb we bought. YUM. This afternoon we visited the Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre which was very interesting and well laid out. They had made a great effort to make the tour authentic, walking through the old streets, looking down on a trawler bringing in fish. They even tried to get the smells right! We finished with a tour of the last surviving Cat Trawler Ross Tiger; the guide had been Captain on her for 9 years so great information. He made it very relevant even for the young kids there.
PICTURE : Andy outside the Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre