Then another 2 days without getting afloat... Did the London tourist thing...
Locked out of St Kats on the tide 0800, left ribs on pontoon for an hour to grab some breckie and proceeded at a hugely fuel in-efficient 12 knts for a while down the the barrier...
It's raining so Geko helmets come out to play. They hinder Comms onboard but really are great at keeping you warm and letting you drive a rib in rain !
Given a fairly horrible forecast, we stopped at gravend again but for fuel
Not coffee. I had used 230li since leaving Ramsgate, less than 50 miles
Home from here but I always like a significant safety margin where fuel is concerned... 50nm = 60-80li of fuel... I have 70. That's too close for call !
I add 80li as we can carry two cans each.
Jennifer can't carry two cans. And I can't carry three. Mini cab !!!
Onwards to the estuary. Under the M25... Sorry no real
Photos as its just so wet !
I'm very glad my scorpion has a bow tank. Light on fuel she's so much more comfortable with some ballast up front in a head sea. Infact she rides lovely with the bow tank full yet still trimmed out slightly.... The pay off is reduced fuel consumption but we press on at nearly 30 knts in fairly bumpy conditions.
Jennifer drives the whole section from Gravesend while I Nav, and tweek tanks and trim... a quick chat in sea reach and we decide Sunday roast in Queenbourgh is in order.
This means we'll be on a rising tide by 1500/1600 so can get thro the swale to shelter a little from the 35kn southerly winds.
Last photo scorpion co-pilot Jennifer on the left looking rather wet and storm-chaser co-pilot Amanda competing for the drowned rat look on the right...