The end of last summer saw us leave
Holland and sail along to Dunkerque before
crossing and once again going into Sandwich in for a week. Kent Sandwich
can be difficult but the harbourmaster is helpful and found us a berth where we
didn't dry out on too much of an angle.
After visiting family we sailed North across the Thames estuary and went into the Walton Backwaters before going up to
After our last summer in
Holland and the Baltic sea we had decided to spend the
winter in Ipswich We loved
but won't bother going any further if we go that way again. Holland
Ti Gitu is now 16 years old and the underwater paint had begun to fail. As she has twin keels and can be easily dried out I have been able to keep her well protected but the time was approaching when she would need grit blasting and re painting. We had intended to have the bottom blasted and to re paint in
but didn't manage to get
there last year. Poland
The marina in
Ipswich will allow blasting and so we booked for Ti Gitu to
be lifted out during April and booked the equipment to do the job, brought the
grit and everything else needed and set about the job.
It was a month of incredibly hard work even with help from friends but with nine coats of paint it will hopefully last for a long time.
A nice clean bottom!
We were intending to head North to
for the summer but May has seen cold North winds and so we haven't gone. Scotland
Despite Ti Gitu being really easy to sail we now don't really want to do the hard sailing that we used to especially not to windward and also prefer to day sail now. That means sailing round
take about 45 days sailing from where we are and as there are only four months
or about 120 days left before we want to be in a winter berth again that
doesn't leave much time to see places and people. Britain
With that in mind we are deciding where to go and the North coast of
and the Channel Isles are
beginning to look attractive. France
It will of course be the height of the sailing season and be busy but we may decide to put up with that. Time will tell.