Then back out for the run up north !
Passed some gigs on the way out - training hard,
and the Speksioneer whale watching / cruise boat.
A few lumps for the first few miles, but then hugged the coast
(and avoided the pot buoys - they are everywhere) and dropped into
Runswick bay which was bathed in sunshine.
Then further north past the tiny Port Mulgrave, just a fishing shack,
and only accessible by a steep path, no road way.
Just a short way further and passing Staithes,
where I saw the only marine mammal all weekend - a solitary seal !
The imposing cliffs between Staithes and Saltburn off to my left,
and in the distance the wind farm at Redcar and Teesport,
with a cluster of ships at anchor around the Fairway buoy.
Headed in towards Hartlepool, and the multi coloured Houses at Old Hartlepool.
I remember in my childhood seeing a plaque which marked
where the first German Navy shell of the raid in 1914 fell
and killed the first British soldier to die in action on the British mainland
as a result of enemy action in World War one...or something like that.
Wonder if that plaque is still there ?
WW1 being quite topical with the Centenary of the start of the war this year.
Kicked on to Seaham with the sea smoothing out a lot.
With hugging the coast a little more, ended up doing about 38nm on the way back.
Rib is back in the Marina, will be recovering it tomorrow.