Position N60 44.09 E033 34.01
We left the anchorage at 1800 after a three hour
stop but no rest for the slower boats to go up this river. The initial stages
are quite marshy before it becomes heavily wooded. At place it is over a mile
wide buit the channel can be as narrow as 50 mts where you have to give way to
ships coming down.
There are a few modern summer houses mostly made of
They look idyllic but this river and the lake are
frozen over in winter. We steamed up the river until 0300 when we moored up to
some lumps of concrete to await the next bridge to open in the
In the morning we were told by some authoritarian
chap that we couldn't moor here as it was a waiting berth for large ships so we
moved onto our anchor. I had a chance to study more closely one of the Russian
yachts whose crew I had thought lived on beer and cigarettes. However, it is a
much more diverse than that as breakfast is Vodka out of a stainless steel jerry
can and cigarettes. The boat is a work in progress
There is a webasto heater lying on deck waiting to
be fitted and the galley cooker is put in the cockpit to use. It is a terrific
boat and easily the fastest after the lead boat.
This morning there was some confusion and these two
boats set off still rafted together.
Now waiting for the bridge to open.