7 to July 20, 2005: England
7, 2005 (Thursday)
made it!!! We are in Falmouth!!! The day was mixed with sunshine,
clouds, huge waves throughout the night. No wonder, because the
ocean floor rises from 5,000 meters to about 300 meters over a stretch
of less than 20 miles. We had hoped for a quieter night but had
already been wondering about the potential effect of so much water
rushing against so much higher landmass. Well, we sure felt it all
night and were glad when we finally noticed a significant improvement.
We sailed until approximately 1200 or 1300, took our showers (we
must look presentable when checking in with immigration authorities),
enjoyed lunch in the cockpit and anxiously looked into the direction
of the Lizards (a group of rocks to avoid while approaching Falmouth).
In the haze and clouds, it took us to get as close as approximately
8 nm before we finally detected something that resembled land.
course more and more ships became visible if not actually, then
at least on our AIS. A propos AIS: if we did not have this unbelievably
terrific electronic device, we may possibly no longer be alive.
Last night, of course during my watch, two ships were visible on
AIS. As we had learned in our captain's course, I plotted on a special
plotting device (Radar plotting chart) the course of one of the
two ships after realizing that the other was of no great concern
for us. I noticed also that this ship seemed to approach us without
any change in bearing (the compass degrees where the ship is seen
at any one point in time) and without any change in its own direction
(i.e., the compass degrees it is steering). That is not a good sign
as it means: collision is possible. Since I always get nervous about
things like that and Juergen keeps telling me not to, I waited until
the ship was approximately two miles away from us.
you may recall, provides us with the name of the ships we see on
this system. I called "Bow Hunter (how appropriate), Bow Hunter,
Bow Hunter, this is the sailing vessel Impromptu. Over". -
No answer. I called again. No answer. Upon my third attempt, Bow
Hunter finally responded. I indicated that I thought we were getting
awfully close to each other and asked what action he wanted me to
take. He claimed that he could not see us on AIS, nor on radar,
nor our running lights (we had been showing a Tricolor light on
top of the mast as, in these seas, nobody would ever have seen our
running lights which are practically right on deck). The light had
died on us. I turned on our deck lights. "Now I see you",
Bow Hunter responded and immediately said that he was going to move
to his port side. By that time, I had gone on deck to check whether
this change in course by Bow Hunter would be sufficient. It was
not as I still could see both Bow Hunter's read and green lights,
i.e., he was still coming right at us. I immediately called him
again and indicated that we would make a sharp turn to our port
side also. Unfortunately, this meant for Juergen to get up (even
though he was off watch), turn the engine on and change course,
while I continued speaking with Bow Hunter to ensure that both they
and we felt sufficient action had been taken to avoid a collision.
than 5 minutes later we went back on our old course after thanking
Bow Hunter for changing course. But I sure never want to be in such
a situation again. We called Tony from Falmouth right in the first
night and told him that it was a MUST to buy an AIS, particularly
since he often sails alone and across the Atlantic (like he had
been in the OSTAR race from which he had to withdraw as mentioned
in one of our earlier descriptions).
had contacted Falmouth Marine from approximately 30 nm out to ensure
that they would have a dock for us and could also perform an oil
change (engine and transmission) and obtain a new starter battery
for us and possibly replace / fix our Tricolor masthead light. As
we arrived, we refueled (approximately 300 liters) and tied up to
our dock. We checked out the nearest supermarket (terrible, very
expensive, awful selection, nobody buying) and then slowly walked
towards town to find a restaurant. We were both quite exhausted
and decided to have dinner in a near-by hotel (Greenbank Hotel),
located high up above the harbor. A glass of wine at the bar made
us feel a little better (mind you, this was the first wine since
we had left Horta). The dining room was bright but cozy with tables
well spaced, all overlooking the harbor. As we are so much further
north, the evening darkness sets in much later than in the New York/Connecticut
region. We even managed to walk back to the marina with good visibility.
Juergen was so pooped that he already suggested taking a room at
the hotel rather than walking back. In the end, we were glad we
did not because it would have set us back by approximately Pound
Sterling 200 plus. The walk was actually quite nice and not as long
as we had remembered it to take us getting there. The emotion of
wanting to stay at the hotel was also driven by the fear that we
would not find our boat in the marina again. It is a labyrinth of
docks, barely lit and not well marked. It turned out that we found
Impromptu without any problems, and by 2300 we were tucked away
and slept till almost 0900 the next morning.
8, 2005 (Friday)
changes have been accomplished. The starter battery will be delivered
at 0900 tomorrow. Juergen walked for miles and carried an outrageously
weighty transformer that permits us to convert the common 220 shore
power to the 110 V we need, and so we are well powered up (batteries
of tooth brushes, computers, iPod, etc. all recharged and the water
heater ensuring tomorrow's WARM / HOT shower). The laundry is done.
I went to buy a new cell phone. Our by now four year-old German
"handy" seems no longer workable (battery no longer holds
the charge, new batteries no longer available). I also bought some
berries (including red currants, my absolute favorite fruit), bananas
(ripe ones this time. The ones we had bought in Horta are still
mostly green and very hard. They will ripen by the time we leave
England, we hope). I bought some tomatoes and celery, some rolls
for tomorrow's breakfast, and some pastries for this afternoon.
Of course, I also bought some post cards of Falmouth, found the
post office for the requisite stamps and luxuriated by taking a
taxi back to the marina where Juergen was so proud to have gotten
the transformer to work with all the plug changes etc. he had to
called Guenter to chat for a little while and Nancy (Bodick) to
let her know that we are safely tucked away in Falmouth for the
next few days. We have arranged for a rental car for the weekend
so we can do a little sightseeing after the battery has been delivered
and - hopefully - our Tricolor fixed. Tomorrow night, we will have
dinner in the same hotel restaurant again like last night. Tonight,
I decided we stay here on Impromptu and have a plain pasta and fruit
dinner with one of our own wines...
will update the website as we can, definitely before we depart England
and "jump off" to the Continent.
10, 2005 (Sunday)
rented a small car for two days (I refuse to drive on the left side
of the road - too challenging and nerve wrecking for me. We spent
the morning (after finally getting our new starter battery and a
new bulb for our Tricolor light) going from one chandlery to the
other (or what they call chandlery here - not much comparable to
what we are used to both in the US (at least in our areas, including
Newport and Annapolis) but also in Hamburg... Well, we were looking
for a bunch of things, not least for charts that would safely help
us move towards Cuxhaven. So far, no luck. However, we do have a
new outhaul line for our main (had to be cut when it had gotten
stuck in the self-tailing electric winch), and we also have one
additional 100 ft docking line (just in case we have a situation
like in the Azores again). Most likely, we will be departing for
Plymouth tomorrow as there is supposed to be a Lewmar dealer (for
our winch) as well as a decent chandlery (let's hope it is true).
then drove around this area a bit, all the way South to Lizard.
The landscape is breathtaking and Lizard very impressive (see photos)
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Lizards behind me
growing in the Garden of the Restaurant
Where we had Coffee, Strawberries and Clotted Cream
Juergen after the Strawberries and Clotted Cream
barely made it back to the boat on time to change into real land
clothes for our second dinner at the Greenbank Hotel. It was equally
nice but Juergen was a little uptight from all the left hand driving,
left hand shifting and my falling from one heart attack into the
next as the roads are incredibly narrow and the local traffic quite
aggressive (even though he drove so well).
we had a leisurely breakfast in the cockpit. The sun has been shining
brightly, and it has been quite warm both days. Juergen tried to
rig the new outhaul line, I was busy down below, finally cleaning
the second head from all the onion peel that had worked itself around
the entire floor while enroute to here (we use the second head as
a storage area, not only for some of Juergen's boat cleaning materials,
but also for potatoes and onions, and initially, the onions had
been hanging from the shower curtain rod (I changed that after a
few days because the onions really made a mess out of the entire
head. The entire boat carpeting was vacuumed - I do not know where
all the dirt is coming from - and most of the teak furniture wiped
with a mixture of vinegar and water. We met a nice boat neighbor
(Paul and Sue Vage - he is in the jewelry business - since 1902)
who invited us for a drink at the marina bar (Nancy, that is something
to consider for your boating clients....). We finally left for our
next sightseeing adventure around 1430 or so.
to Paul, we found this unbelievably beautiful chapel surrounded
by the most eerie but simultaneously mysterious-looking cemetery
with old but also newer stones. The sign pointing to it said Chapel
and Bar - no, they did not mean a drinking bar but a sand bar.
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and ... Bar
Mawes, the Town
at the boat, I tried to call Julian, my nephew, as it is his birthday
today. Of course, I have not been successful. I am wondering whether
my brother forgot to turn the cell phone one...
we will have dinner on the boat - crabmeat with rice or mashed potatoes
(depending on what Juergen wants) and a cucumber salad before. Desert
will be freshly picked strawberries (a loot from our yesterday's
voyage) with Cornish clotted cream - of course, the meal to be accompanied
by a nice bottle of wine - not bad for life on a boat, wouldn't
12, 2005 (Tuesday)
spent four nights in Falmouth getting fuel, repairing, purchasing
whatever we needed and could find - charts continue to be a problem,
but people indicate to us that we will be luckier as we get further
East. Let's hope this is true... As we could not accomplish in Falmouth
any of the things we felt we needed to we decided to move on east
and focused on Plymouth due to the Lewmar dealer who confirmed to
have the parts we needed for our outhaul winch. We paid our bills
and left at 1000 in gorgeous sunshine. Everything looked so much
more picturesque compared to the overhung sky we saw at our arrival
a few days earlier.
wind was slight and on our nose. Thus, thank God for an engine enjoying
its clean oil and a full Diesel tank, we motored all the way to
Plymouth. The coastline is magnificent with lots of cliffs, hills
covered with fields and small villages tucked into the narrow valleys.
There was a lot of warship activity both visible and even more so
audible on Channel 16. The coast guard and the war ships were constantly
warning to stay clear of certain areas identified by longitude and
latitude as they were running firing exercises - we were nowhere
near that particular area, and we were not unhappy about it.
Plymouth itself, one sees "Defence Police" (spelling correct),
lots of "Security" boats, helicopters and more warships.
South of where we will be going today, there is an area on the charts
marked "submarine exercise area".
checked into Plymouth Yacht Haven as the Queen Anne Battery was
full (once we saw what QAB looked like, we were not unhappy being
where we ended up) and quickly took the ferry to QAB where the Lewmar
dealer was located. We found his chandlery and the parts we needed
plus a bunch of other things Juergen had on his list. I must not
forget to mention the location of our dock and how excellent Juergen's
docking man oeuvre was to get in. It was K1, located nearest to
the shore and accessible only by a 90-degree angle, which, to me,
we did not have clearance for. I was already willing to call the
office and let them know that we needed another slip, but master
Juergen, without hesitating one flash of a second, moved slowly
but determined, using our bow thruster from time to time until he
had eased Impromptu into its slip with no scratch on us, the boat
next to us or the dock. We did not even touch anything in the slightest.
I sure was amazed - and he proud, making fun of me wanting to call
the chores at Lewmar had been accomplished we decided that we needed
a fish 'n chips supper with some local beer in a local old historic
pub. Well, we searched and found one that seemed appropriate...
it was ok and we were happy to have done what I had longed for while
still on our way to Falmouth.
dinky ferry took us back to our side of the harbor where Juergen
immediately went to repair the winch - you should see how well it
works now and how it purrs when used... - then Ulli and family called.
Finally, we had contact. Of course, he had forgotten to turn the
cell phone on (despite his big words: every evening as of 1800 to
2200 I will have the cell phone on... So much for reliability).
ended the evening with fresh strawberries, clotted cream and pastries.
13, 2005 (Wednesday)
tell it is the 13th. The day has not been starting off well, I can
only hope it will get better. Let's leave it at that...
arrived in Dartmouth today after a few hours of motoring (no wind)
to this picturesque town which we reached in thick haze and very
limited visibility (but enough to make it into the harbor safely).
We could not find a marina berth. The harbormaster, however, sold
us a town dock, which was very convenient for exploring the town.
What was not as great was the lack of privacy and the noise made
by the enormous number of tourists. The funny thing to observe was
though that, came 1800 it became very quiet suddenly as the last
ferry seemed to have taken most of the tourists out of town to neighboring
places - very nice for us. The town is full of cute little old houses,
all meticulously maintained and painted. We also found a supermarket
- well, they called it that - a fish store. I was happy because
I could finally cook a nice fresh fish, accompanied by a wonderful
fresh salad and more fruit.
decided to stay another day, as we had not had a chance to see the
Castle. The walk to the Castle, a mile along the shore but higher
up with great visibility over the town, the town of Kingswear (right
across from Dartmouth), the Naval college on the northern end of
Dartmouth, lots of beautiful homes with gardens reminding us of
those in Nantucket.
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morning we left Dartmouth
wanted to get his hair cut. The next available appointment was on
had dinner on the boat after Juergen made all the navigational preparations,
including inputting all the waypoints for the trip to Poole, our
next destination. We had made a berth reservation by phone the night
before, as we did not want to be caught without one upon arrival.
We like the convenience of stepping off the boat, getting access
to fresh water and electricity (so we can charge by plugging into
our normal outlets our computers, cameras, etc.). Unfortunately,
our new UK cell phone is 220V and cannot be charged on our boat
(110V). Generally, the marinas are kind enough to charge it for
us overnight though.
14, 2005 (Thursday)
up in the middle of the night and was concerned about all the lights
the charger showed (later on Juergen told me that it is perfectly
ok for them to be lit - I should have known then). I quickly put
on a sweatshirt and jumped off the boat to unplug the charger when
I noticed that the entire harbor was blanketed in an eerie dark
haze and that the shoreline was barely visible even from our boat.
I was not looking forward to the next day's planned trip...
0600 when we initially wanted to get going, Juergen decided that
the fog was way too thick and that it was better to wait at least
an hour, maybe even two before casting off our docking lines - well,
around 0830-ish we finally left, still in thick but lifting fog
- at least in town. Thank God for our radar, which guided us out
of the harbor with its winding channel, the open bay and into the
Channel waters. We were barely gone 4 or 5 miles when the sun came
out and we could see for at least 5 or more miles. What a difference
to just an hour ago...
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Cliffs near Poole
of Wight - Shore
took till approximately 1700 before we entered the channel entry
to Poole harbor. It was not easy following the many different buoys.
Thank God it was daylight, no fog and we figured out which way to
turn. Our dock was spacious, next to a 24 m motor yacht. On the
other side of the dock was a Dutch boat. We briefly spoke with the
skipper and his wife who seemed to travel by boat quite a bit.
there was some sort of celebration (I am sure it was not 14 Juillet)
with fireworks, we were so tired that we decided to go to bed before
the fireworks even started. Dinner was in the cockpit (as it was
nice and sufficiently warm). I had gone to Saynesbury, the local
supermarket which had quite a selection of items I had been looking
for in vain elsewhere. Thus, we finally have buttermilk again so
I can make the obligatory pancakes on a weekend morning (we decided
on Sunday for this coming weekend). We had fresh fruit, more lettuce,
some chicken with curried rice and mushrooms, and tonight, we will
have salmon, salad and more fruit. We both seem to be craving fresh
green lettuce leaves and fresh fruits so I keep buying them whenever
15, 2005 (Friday)
two or three hours ago, we arrived in Lymington, at the entrance
of the Solent and virtually across from Yarmouth Harbor. Also here,
we had made advanced reservations for two nights and mentioned Tony's
name (as he had suggested). The marina is huge with lots of big
sailboats (many quite a bit larger than ours), very friendly people.
It turns out that Tony seems to keep his boat in this marina. People
knew him well and knew of his mishap during the OSTAR race. We already
obtained our electricity connection. This one even lets us charge
UK equipment like our phone directly on the boat. We found and bought
the two charts we had still been missing, we also found a North
Sea pilot book, very important for tips / warnings on harbors, lit/unlit
buoys, other threats and useful hints. We have still not found the
adapter plug for our propane gas (the hook-up seems to be different
in the US and it is supposed to be available in the UK - if we only
knew where) nor have we found the fuses that blew during our various
repair attempts (35 and 80 amps). Juergen even found a barber who
seemed available. He just got back, looking like himself again.
My hair is growing however it wants... it will not be cut until
I get back home so Andre can work his magic.
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and Waltraut called earlier, happy to have gotten our new cell phone
number from Luise or Silvi. We had not left it with them yet because
we only spoke with them a few days ago and did not leave it with
them then. The house seems to have been finished from the outside,
the floors prepared for carpeting (which they want to select together
with us) or tile (living room, hallway and kitchen and baths). Of
course, we are curious...
will have dinner on the boat tonight (the salmon I spoke of earlier)
but for tomorrow we will try to make a reservation.
16, 2005 (Saturday)
were awakened by a phone call from Guenter and Waltraut. They wanted
to be the first to wish me a happy birthday, and they succeeded,
even before Juergen who was still asleep when the call came. The
day went on with lots of calls. We also visited the library in Lymington
because we wanted to update our website. Unfortunately, they do
not have wifi so we could only check e-mails, and we found a few
very nice ones, I mean, all of them are nice, and we are very happy
for each one of them as it shows the great affection you all seem
to have for either or both of us. We appreciate that very much.
But some were particularly great, for example Janet's who remembered
my birthday though I even could not remember having mentioned it.
There was a very nice and detailed e-mail from Peter who brought
us a lot closer to home with the description of the goings-on at
home, particularly his mom's rejuvenation in Montauk (a 3-day weekend
without any worries) and Omi's physical improvement, she can walk
with the walker, at least a few steps rather than just sitting in
the wheel chair and relying on others to push her wherever she wants
to go. You may remember Juergen's mom on one of the earlier pictures,
almost 99 years old. Life is not too easy at that age for her but
neither it is for her daughter, Luise, who is taking care of her
and who often needs more help than she can ever get, but we will
all try. We will also try to pitch in when we are back so she can
go away again...
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took a stroll through town, bought some produce at the weekend market,
tried to shop in the cute boutiques but were discouraged by the
enormous prices, even compared to those of New York. Juergen took
me to a nice little restaurant in the old part of Lymington where
we had the best lemon sole I have had in a long time. It reminded
me so much of the Sunday lunches to which my mom took me when I
was in my teenage years. I was a rather finicky eater at the time,
she let me order the "sole meuniere" every time even though
it was the most expensive item on the menu. I loved it so much!
dinner, we sat in the cockpit for another hour, listening to classical
music and Gershwin and just enjoyed the beautiful air.
17, 2005 (Sunday)
agreed to have a pancake breakfast (remember, I finally found buttermilk)
and to leave the harbor for Brighton, leisurely. Well, while Juergen
was still navigating, the phone rang, Roland wanted to know where
we were and what our plans were. During that call, two official
looking gentlemen approached our dock but then turned away while
I was speaking with Roland. They turned out to be police, asking
for our passports, boat documentation, etc. They were very nice
and polite, and we chatted for a while. They were also going to
check out another foreign boat, that one Dutch. They indicated that
they did not see a lot of US boats out there, which we had already
finally left around 1130 on another glorious and sunny day. Navigation
was a little tricky, particularly since our compass did not seem
to agree with our gps/autopilot compass. We have still not figured
out what is wrong but hopefully will. We finally made it to Brighton,
not exactly a spectacular town but one with a huge castle overlooking
the largest marina we have ever seen. We docked next to a British
HR 42. The owner happens to be the doctor on Mari-Cha, the boat
that just competed in the race from New York to Falmouth, trying
to beat the 1905 established record of any single-hull sailboat
(and did, but with a totally barren boat while the 1905 record setter
"Atlantic" was crowded not only with the sailing crew
but guests, fancy china, heavy silverware, crystal, cooks, servants,
etc.). He also happens to be a friend of Tony's - Tony, please note
the world is small. And while we never made it into Beaulieu (we
tried to call Adrienne three or four times, without any answer)
we have been thinking of you a lot and still appreciate the chance
to have met you!!!
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is one of the Global Challenge Boats we saw today as we passed
at 0600 we will have to leave to catch the tide to Dover where we
expect to arrive around 1400 or so. This will give us sufficient
time to look for more charts and hopefully also see a little of
the town. This may be our last update before we try to cross over
to the mainland. We have not entirely decided but think that we
will move from Dover to Harwich on Tuesday and from there in a very
long day to Den Helder, The Netherlands. We can stay there for a
day and then continue over to Tershelling or, possibly and weather
permitting directly to Cuxhaven. We will let you know once we have
a clearer picture. For now, we thank you all for your good wishes,
your thoughts and prayers and will update again when we have access
to the Internet in Holland or Germany.
18, 2005 (Monday)
left around 0600 this morning to catch the tide to Dover. Of course,
there was no wind and very little sunshine. We thought, this was
because it was so early. Instead, the sun was trying to peak through
the clouds from time to time with limited success. By the time we
were around 6 miles before Dover, the wind freshened up and we could
have sailed - finally. We were too lazy to unfurl the sails... One
is required to call Channel 74 for permission to enter the harbor.
This is to control the in and outbound traffic, particularly since
there are so many ferries, high speed, normal speed and lots of
sail- and other boats. We were told to wait until we are approximately
200 m before the harbor entrance and to call back then, which is
what Juergen did. He was told to stay as far West as possible and
to move in as quickly as possible. While he took over the helm,
I called Dover Marina who allocated a dock to us - very easy to
find and easy to tie up to. With bow and stern line and two springs,
we were well tied up even in this wind.
checked in for two nights and walked to a chandlery, which is known
to have lots of charts. Well, they still did not have all those
we wanted but they had a bunch. They also had two Pilot books, one
for the Netherlands and one for passage to the Baltic and Denmark.
That one looks like it could provide us with significantly more
information regarding our German North Sea part of the trip. We
also decided that, tomorrow we will study all the charts and read
the Pilot books so we can finally determine which way we will go.
It seems that Juergen no longer wants to go all the way to Harwich
but instead wants to cross the Channel from Dover to Oostend or
so and then move northeast in day trips. I am sure you will hear
about the final decision, but you also see how confusing all of
this is and the more charts we look at the more confused we get.
Hopefully, this also means that we are getting more educated and
can make the right decision.
called today. He wants to meet us in the North Sea by boat before
we arrive near Cuxhaven. We promised to call as soon as we have
a better idea as to timing.
19, 2005 (Tuesday)
quite some time at the Marina office yesterday updating the website
and checking through e-mails. I apologize to all those who wrote
for not responding, but they were timing me and charging a hefty
penny (more like Pound Sterling) for every 30 minutes I spent. I
will respond individually shortly, as soon as I have unlimited or
more affordable access to the Internet. I have to thank Caryn though
for her wonderful card. The entire office in the Marina had fun
with it as I could not turn down the volume on Juergen's computer
fast enough. So everybody heard the music you had played for me.
I really appreciated you thinking of me. Of course, I appreciated
everyone else's birthday wishes very much as well. As mentioned
numerous times, it is a great feeling to see how many people are
thinking of us and communicating with us even long-distance. We
like that a lot and are always happy to receive e-mails even if
it takes a while for us to see and respond to them.
is a mixed day today with lots of clouds broken up by sunshine.
It is rather cool and obvious that we are getting further north.
So far, we have been spoiled with very sunny days and great temperatures
(and little humidity, I might add).
morning I checked the charts as Juergen had already checked them
yesterday while I was in the Marina office. It will take us a minimum
of six days, possibly seven or eight to get to Cuxhaven, because
we do not want to go along the Belgian/Dutch/German coast through
the night. There are just too many buoys and shallow areas we do
not want to run into. Our first trip from Dover to Oostende (as
presently planned) is about 66 nm given that we have to cross the
Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS for short) at a 90-degree angle,
i.e., we will have to make a slight detour in a more Southerly direction.
If all goes well, we would go to Scheveningen from there, another
roughly 70 nm. If all goes well, we would go to Den Helder from
there (approx. 65 nm) and from there to Terschelling (65 nm). If
we stop over in Borkum for a night, that would be a shorter trip,
but if we did not, the non-stop trip to Cuxhaven would still cause
us to go through the night, which is what we want to avoid. Of course,
all this assumes good weather, proper current in our direction,
some of which may not happen every day. So there may be a day when
we stay in port... leaving our arrival date still somewhat of a
mystery. We will do a little bit of sightseeing in Dover today before
we get on our way again tomorrow.
are just a few pictures we took as we arrived in Dover:
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Jetty in front of Dover
the Height of the Piling - indicating the significant Tidal
20, 2005 (Wednesday)
were supposed to depart today, however, Juergen went to the Marina
office for the weather update of 0600. It did not look too good
but showed significant improvement for tomorrow. So while I was
cleaning up after breakfast, he already paid for the extra night.
We had found one of the new plugs from our transformer burnt through.
Instead of directly walking towards the white cliffs for a cliff
walk, we tried to find the replacement. That was not easy given
that the only store reportedly selling such item was located at
the other end of town, and Dover is not New York. Finding a cab
was a challenge, which we barely met. However, with perseverance
and a lot of walking through town in circles, we finally found one.
The driver took us to the store and waited for Juergen to come back
out so he (the cab driver) could also drive us up the cliffs.
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down the Cliffs towards the Dover Outside Harbor
view from there was amazing. Of course, we watched the continuous
coming and going of ferries. Another added benefit was that we could
observe the visit of the Queen, not that we really saw her, but
we watched the activity around her (see pictures). In the end, I
even got a glimpse of Her Majesty (see for yourself, not a great
shot, but a historic one as the last time the Queen visited Dover
on an official visit was some fifty (yes, 50) years ago.
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Honor of the Queen
Queen in Pink
took the walk down the cliffs, not very hard and not too long, but
providing us with impressive sights. Back at the marina, we met
a Dutch couple who asked that we take some pictures of them - with
the castle in the background and one with their boat in the background
(with their camera, so I cannot show the couple to you). He was
Dutch, she English, very nice. We spoke for a few minutes. They
could not believe that we actually had crossed the Atlantic, just
the two of us. I guess, I still sometimes cannot either.
afternoon, as we were sitting in the cockpit enjoying the glorious
weather (it never turned as bad as they had predicted even though
they focused more on the water further North which is where we had
intended to go - but even that did not look too bad from the cliffs)
we observed a double-decker plane with a stuntman on top - by the
time I got my camera ready, he was back inside, but I still took
we will definitely leave for Oostende. We have a party to catch...