Playing with the big kids…

…well that is what it feels like.  On the 27th of this month, we are taking part in our very first WOA cruise.  The meeting point is in the Swale, just south of the Isle of Sheppey, in Kent.  Yes, we will be leaving the safety of the R. Blackwater and doing a ‘proper’ passage!  It is roughly 40Nm from our home port to the first night stop.  On Saturday AM we are cruising around Sheppey to enter the R. Medway and on upstream to Upnor and the Medway YC, where we will spend Saturday night.  Sunday 06:00 will see us setting off for home.  With the longest passage yet attempted (15 hours) back to the comfort of the Blackwater.  Depending upon arrival time we may nip into either Brightlingsea or Bradwell for the evening as the tides may not work out.  In this case arrival home will be delayed until Monday morning.

I blew the exorbitant sum of £70 on a couple of Imray charts, a 2012 almanac and a shiny new set of parallel rulers.  Oh and a new eraser too.  This sailing lark does not come cheap.

So, all we need now is reasonable weather and fair winds.  Roll on next Friday!

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