A great channel crossing with very good visibility so
that we could see ships over 12 miles away and we could still see the loom of
the French coast lighthouse when we picked up St Catherine’s point light
on the corner of the Isle of Wight.
Lots of shipping to avoid which certainly kept us
alert all night dodging tankers !
We made good time and rounded the needles just as the
sun was rising, a beautiful morning.
Katie woke to lots of presents and familiar waters
with lots of sailing action off Cowes
to watch so a good start to her birthday.
The day deteriorated as we got closer to home and we
dropped Tom & Annie off at Hythe in pouring rain, exactly the same weather
as when we picked them up from Hythe three weeks earlier.
After lunch a wet walk to West Quay for some retail
therapy for Katie and me and some football therapy on the TV for Mark !
We paddled our way over to Banana Wharf
in the evening to join Adam & Kirsty for dinner. Katie couldn’t wait
to sleep on dry land (a mattress on the floor since her bed has been e-bayed) and
so Adam & Kirsty dropped her home.
It was nice to spend a final night on the boat by
ourselves and we enjoyed eggs and bacon and Sunday papers before packing up and
We have covered a total of 1380 miles – nearly an
atlantic crossing but ending up back in rainy England – doh !
Photos to follow……….