Sunday 9th August 2020 – Port Ellen (Islay) to Port Talbert (Jura) – 34 nm – 5 hrs

The winds were too strong to get away from the pontoon this morning. Although we had bright skies we didn’t get our share of the heatwave those at home were experiencing. This morning we watched a fishing boat offload its catch, apart from people adjusting their warps and pondering over the wind strength and lackContinue reading “Sunday 9th August 2020 – Port Ellen (Islay) to Port Talbert (Jura) – 34 nm – 5 hrs”

The final leg Monday 1st September 2020 – Ramsgate to Gosport – 119nm – 16hrs

We had a 04:00 start, with calm seas and a beautiful full moon, ideal conditions for sneaking across the channel. One mile out from Dover we saw two dinghies being towed in to the port by UK Border Force and another Border Force boat leaving Dover to pick up more people. At 11:00. we heardContinue reading “The final leg Monday 1st September 2020 – Ramsgate to Gosport – 119nm – 16hrs”

Sunday 30th/Monday 31st August 2020 – Grimsby to Ramsgate – 181 nm – 31hrs

Yesterday our Poacher friend Dennis, who we last saw at Neptunes Staircase, was back in his home port of Grimsby. We caught up on how our sailing trips went and then he kindly took us into town, and back, which saved us getting soaked and being blown away. Thank you Dennis and Humber Cruising AssociationContinue reading “Sunday 30th/Monday 31st August 2020 – Grimsby to Ramsgate – 181 nm – 31hrs”

Saturday 29th August 2020 – Alongide at Grimsby

The Lobster Pot – We are here to please Sometimes I’m a canister, a fender or a sphere,Whatever shape or form I take I’m an inanimate beast to fear.There’s a kind of game I like to play when tired of tedious floating,I make myself invisible to sailor folk out boating. When from their vessels keenContinue reading “Saturday 29th August 2020 – Alongide at Grimsby”

Friday 28th August 2020 – Alongide at Grimsby

Undeterred we took our chances with the Fishing Heritage Centre and luckily secured a time slot. We enjoyed our morning looking at the various exhibits, which visually were exceptionally well done but to be honest didn’t give much information for the over 8yrs of age. The trawler exhibit, which probably would have been the mostContinue reading “Friday 28th August 2020 – Alongide at Grimsby”

Thursday 27th August 2020 – Alongide at Grimsby

What a great day! Our good mate Frank from the Poachers came and picked us up from the marina and took us out for the day to see the local sights. First stop was the Armed Forces Gate at Cleethorpes. This memorial was centre stage of the sea front overlooking the vast sandy beach andContinue reading “Thursday 27th August 2020 – Alongide at Grimsby”

Wednesday 26th August 2020 – Alongide at Grimsby

The fish docks were of course once a thriving community and although the buildings and most jetties are now run down or derelict it is still interesting from a historical point of view. Row took a walk over to the Fish Heritage Centre while Tim stayed on board Talavera to record episode 20, the latestContinue reading “Wednesday 26th August 2020 – Alongide at Grimsby”

Tuesday 25th August 2020 – Alongide at Grimsby

We’ve just had one of those arghh! moments when looking back at previous spelling errors, we shall use the excuse of being tired and with the motion of the boat hitting wrong keys. Guess what? It’s raining again today, winds are strong and we are happy to be safe and amongst such friendly folk hereContinue reading “Tuesday 25th August 2020 – Alongide at Grimsby”

Monday 24th August 2020 – Inverness to Grimsby – 369nm 68hrs

Well this was an eventful little jaunt. As previously mentioned we were waiting in the safe haven of Inverness for a few days for wind and tides to be in our favour for heading south. On Friday afternoon we were well rested, the conditions were as good as they were likely to be for severalContinue reading “Monday 24th August 2020 – Inverness to Grimsby – 369nm 68hrs”

Thursday 20th and Friday 21st August 2020 – Ashore at Inverness

It was a lovely day yesterday so Row went off for a walk which took her along a footpath with the Caledonian Canal on one side and the River Ness on the other. There was an abundance of wild flowers and she also saw a hen harrier – after 10 miles thought it would beContinue reading “Thursday 20th and Friday 21st August 2020 – Ashore at Inverness”