Over the next few days I will try and post information about each leg of the journey with relevant photographs.
We had a superb trip and had a jolly good time as well
The actual departure was delayed because a part required to complete the service was not available. Once the service was completed the departure date was set for very early in the morning on Friday 30 July. You may recall but the weather at that time was looking good so David called me to the office on Thursday and said to get to Chatham ASAP as we would leave as soon as I arrived. We set out at 14:30 arriving to Ijmuiden at 21:30 English time. For the first half of the crossing the sea was quite rough and the ride was not very enjoyable . Later things improved and we were able to reach speeds of 37-39 knots
Ijmuiden has a nice marina @ €20.00/night for the rib with all facilities , fuel, food and a Holiday Inn hotel (€125.00 per single room per night) so we did not have far to go. Prior to going we had already decided that we would not do any night crossing and weather permitting enjoy the cruise stay in a hotel overnight .
The following day we took 374 ltrs of diesel
Ijmuiden is very well located for a short break to Amsterdam (now that would be a very nice cruise)
On leaving Chatham we called the Coast Guards on the VHF and told them of our intended passage plan and when we arrived to Ijmuiden we called them on the mobile confirming our safe arrival. When we arrived to Ijmuiden we were met at sea by Japp from Datema our Dutch distributor. Japp spends most of his free time doing what he likes best : ribbing
Don't we all.
Nearly forgot, The Spirit of Poland had caused quite an interest when we were leaving Chatham cos we were politely boarded by the UK immigration who came after us in a Delta Rib. Once they were satisfied they left wishing us a safe journey. Nice guys I even gave them some Parker rib brochures in case they were in the market for another rib
The first picture was taken at 17:30 UK time and here we have Dog & David deciding on the best route cos of the shipping lanes
The next one was taken at 19:00 UK time and here we have a nice sea