Posts Tagged “England”

July 10 – Ramsgate to Dover

By | July 10, 2012

Well Ramsgate to Eastbourne has now turned into Ramsgate to Dover! We set off at 07:30 to do the 60 miles to Eastbourne. The weather forecast was SW F4/5 with 6 in the east. It started really well with flattish sea and a F4 wind. The first 10 miles, from Ramsgate past Deal and down […]

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July 9 – Ramsgate day off

By | July 9, 2012

The evening was spent in Eddie Gilbert's, a fish restaurant, which was recommended to us by fellow 'round britainers', Bob and Jean, from Bella Rosa. It was a splendid meal and if you are visiting Ramsgate we highly recommended it. Tomorrow (Tuesday) takes us to Eastbourne which lies 60 nm to the west of Ramsgate. […]

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July 8 – Woolverstone to Ramsgate

By | July 8, 2012

Another early start to catch the tide for the 55nm trip across the Thames estuary to Ramsgate. The rain lashed down as we left at 06:00 and we thought we would be on deck in pouring rain all day. Things brightened up quickly however, as we rode the tide down River Orwell to Harwich. Not […]

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July 7 – Woodbridge to Woolverstone

By | July 7, 2012

We left Woodbridge at high water and headed down the River Deben to the entrance. The route was tortuous and made more complex because of numerous dinghies racing back and forth across the narrow channel. Getting out of the Deben was like being on a roller coaster. We passed between the sandbanks at over 8 […]

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July 6 – Woodbridge, on the River Deben

By | July 7, 2012

A windy and rainy weather forecast gave us all the reasons we needed to make the very leisurely trip up the River Deben to Woodbridge. It was all of a 6 nm up to the higher reaches of this very picturesque river. Unfortunately a few minutes after we left the mooring at Ramsholt, we were […]

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July 5 – Lowestoft to Ramsholt

By | July 5, 2012

An early start today. We left Lowestoft at 06:00 for Ramsholt, on the River Deben, some 40 miles away, along with the fishing fleet and the all of the other yachts going south. We must have worked the tides out correctly after all! It was out into light wind and bright sunshine. We sailed for […]

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July 4 – Lowestoft – rest day

By | July 4, 2012

No sailing today. A sunny rest day in Lowestoft was spent re-provisioning and exploring the town. Lowestoft is an old Herring fishing town as well as being the most easterly point on our journey.   After making our way up a typical dreary town centre street we found ourselves in an old Georgian part of […]

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July 3 – Lowestoft -we made it!

By | July 3, 2012

The breakout succeeded. We left just before first light at 4am. Have now arrived safely in Lowestoft after an 19 hour passage. We motored out of Grimsby dock at 04:00 at first light. The passage was to be 20 hrs which would get us into Lowestoft before midnight when the tide at Lowestoft was due […]

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July 2 – Grimsby Stormbound – day 6

By | July 2, 2012

A rainy day was spent exploring Cleethorpes, a Lincolnshire seaside town. After a brisk walk along the south bank of the Humber we adjourned to a trendy tapas bar for lunch. We have another potential window to leave tomorrow (Tuesday) morning at 06:00. So more tomorrow once we have left for Lowestoft. I expect you […]

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July 1 – Grimsby – Stormbound day 5

By | July 1, 2012

We are still in Grimsby… The weather window did not happen. Our escape plan relied on meeting lighter winds on arrival at lowestoft tomorrow (Monday). It is now forecasted to be F5/6 and from the south. Meeting this lot on the nose for the last 30 miles, with the shallow water and sandbanks would be […]

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