Monday, February 09, 2009
Good luck Charley and Martin!
This morning, two of our friends left the harbour on the start of their journey south to Nieuwport in Belgiun. Once there they will wait for fine weather before crossing the channel and making their way up the Thames to their new mooring at Tower Bridge in London. They've been here for about nine months. At first they were just visiting Lise, our Danish artist friend, but then they sold their own barge in London and decided to look for a replacement over here. After months of searching, they bought the lovely clipper Albatross - just as the pound crashed and all the benefit they had from the former exchange rate was lost. Nothing daunted though, they have gone ahead with the purchase, and after a spell on the slips getting it checked over, and a few engine problems that had to be fixed, they are finally on their way.
I happened to be walking Sin when I saw them starting out, so I snapped a few photos with my phone camera in between waving goodbye and wishing them a safe journey....a heartfelt sentiment as the weather is horrible at the moment: stormy, wet, cold and generally unfriendly towards poor skippers and their mates who have open steering and nowhere to shelter. Good luck, dear friends and I hope you've made safe haven tonight.