The extra days at Shotley have been really useful to get everything properly ready to go. We've done a safety briefing, filled up with gas, water and diesel, and made sure we know where everything is. We also managed to get the sat phone working with the email which took ages. The people at mailasail were very patient. We've been watching the weather carefully and the gales in German Bight have died down so we are going to leave Shotley at 6am tomorrow and the plan is to sail all the way to Cuxhaven (or Helgoland if the tide's wrong) in one go, not stopping at Den Helder.