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Old 06 November 2014, 17:18   #221
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Day 12 Lowestoft to Ramsgate - 4th August 2014

Jurgen had bought some German Beer for our trip and we had shared these out on the Targa's and taken up their fridge space. The rest were stored in Black Hawk's anchor locker away from clothes and electrics etc.

The east coast hadn't been kind to us and we didn't have more than a couple of beers a day in the pub so our beers came a long way but they didn't fare well

All of the beer cans were empty and were very battered, the anchor rope smelt nice though

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Old 06 November 2014, 17:21   #222
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Day four Caley Marina Inverness and Day six on the Caledonian Canal.......

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Old 06 November 2014, 17:33   #224
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Meanwhile back at the Bat Cave....

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Jurgen. Trailer is all good now. Couldn't match your tyre though
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Alex it's be a rough crossing through the canal but a couple of your Germany beers have made it...

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We are all in good spirits, buzzing! it's about an F5 and we have to cross open water across the Thames estuary. It's not going to be nice but after today we'll turn the corner along the south coast...

We have to pick up fuel and we've phoned ahead and the marina on route is expecting a delivery around lunch time, so we go for it!!!

We get pounded but I manage to have a really good run in Black Hawk, I get her up above the waves, the props biting and trim tabs are perfect we are just gliding across the top of the chop all we can hear is the wind whistling in our Geckos. This is awesome but how long can I keep her like this??? We both can't believe it, I'm on a roll! But then the slightest change and we're back in the chop... Jurgen's impressed and he says so

We arrive first at the marina, we are quite in front of the others so I radio the Harbour master and request fuel. The delivery hasn't arrived...

I grap two fuel cans and I'm off, I find a sailing dude in the car park packing his car up with his boating stuff and I explain our situation. He offers to take me to a petrol station so I jump in and wave goodbye to Jurgen who will inform the rest of the group

Sorry no pics, I'm on a mission!!!
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I get back with the fuel and the sailing dude won't accept any money for the trip, the other teams are also getting fuel which gives us a bit of time to get a cuppa

We cross the Thames estuary and from memory there's loads of sand banks and shallows to avoid. The water is also brown where the sand is being kicked up by the tide and currents.

We see a vessel far off on our port side, it has a massive rooster tale and we can't work out what it is so Jurgen guns it!

Forgetting about fuel economy for a bit we catch it up and it looks like a jet powered passenger ship taking the workers home from the wind farm.

We stay with it for a while and then head into Ramsgate.
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We fuel up for the last time at the fuel barge and make our way into the moorings..

Mike Deacon's there

He's sent his Targa home by road, fired up Hot Lemon VIII and ribbed down from Lymington to meet us for dinner.

What a legend!

Hot Lemon is also awesome, I think Mike has one world record in this one???

I don't normally do yellow (apart from dry suits) but I love this boat, so well maintained
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Daniel and Wayne are there too

These guys are from Positive Marine Electronics and they wired the RIB 4 Macmillan donating all their time and materials

And they have sorted out a couple of yachts to sleep on So I'm back in my adventure and very happy.

I go to take my dry suit off and POP!!!!

That little nick in my neck seal that I should have cut out has just ripped from the neck down to the shoulder! I can't use it again as if I were to fall in the water it would be goodbye Alex as I fill with water and sink to the bottom of the sea!!!

I've got a nice boat for the night though
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