If someone had told me, even 10 years ago that I would be speeding across the cold waters of a polish lake, dressed in a survival suit and wearing a black balaclava looking like a cross between a member of the SAS and a lifeboat man, I would never have believed them. Worse still that we would be crossing the international border between Poland and what was East Germany at 30 knots in a black boat, with no attempt to contact the authorities, heading for the place where Hitler built his 'Vengeance Weapon' rockets - Peenamunda!
But that's what I did with Andre and Steve last week. And all it took was the end of communism, Poland to join the EU and sign the Schengen agreement... and to meet Andre on RibNet Forums. Easy! (Our only contact with the authorities was a chat to a German ferry captain, when we stopped to eat a a Bratwurst!)
OK, we didn't do the whole planned trip but with Force 6 blowing in a very cold Baltic, we just couldn't. Even if we were 'tough', the slower speed needed would have taken us over our time limits. No matter, the sheltered waters in the lakes and rivers of this fantastic boating area provided a great few days ribbing before the decision to tow to Calais was made. With that strong wind blowing though, even these relatively sheltered waters were.... 'sporting'. The Zaleg lake is a good 25 miles across so it wasn't calm... and I agree Andre, without those Scott seats we would have had very aching knees. Its the first time I've been in 'bouncy' water at 30 knots and stayed sat down... and I didn't even get bruised when we landed sideways. The seat gave with me!
Many thanks Andre for the invitation. Your new boat is running very well indeed. I love the newly raised nose... and that new 2ltr diesel engine is noticeably more powerful than my Mercruiser 1.7... and it doesn't seem to use any more fuel!!!
You said you might have another go next year in a bigger boat to widen the weather window. Please put me down for that.... but only if you add those Scott seats!!!