Departed Blyth 14th August 2018 at around 10.00 am bound for Hartlepool. A reef in the main with just the staysail in anticipation of the F5 W, SW which was forecast. A couple of small fishing boats called up to give directions to avoid their drift nets We watched on as a Dutch boat seemed to ignore the frantic gestures of the men in the fishing boat signalling with an oar. The fishing boat put their engine on in full astern, at which the Dutch boat twigged and altered coarse at the last minute – incident avoided. In addition to the radio call, local advice had been given in the Royal Northumberland Yacht club to steer at a salmon fishing vessel as they will then use an oar to indicate which side to pass on. Apparently drift net salmon will be a thing of the past, as allegedly the Government have bought up all the licenses so the salmon get into the rivers – true or not there are certainly fewer vessels fishing for salmon with drift nets.
The wind died, and the next forecast gave a F4 S or SW wind – fortunately it came through as the SW. We had the large Yankee up for a while before the wind picked up to a 5, and then dropped back to only having the staysail. In the end we had a good sail, and arrived at Hartlepool just before high water. The wind gave us a few challenges in the lock, and despite asking for a suitable berth for a long keel yacht with no bow thruster we were given a berth that required a turn against the prop – we managed to tie up safely ready for safe arrival drink.
Yesterday we visited the Hartlepool Amateur Radio club at the Hartlepool light house, as there is a lighthouse event each year on the third weekend in August. We were given a warm welcome and asked to join their 2M net in the evening which we did to pass on our thanks.
Just looking for a suitable weather window to take us on the next leg home, via a couple of anchorages – most likely avoiding Whitby and Scarborough.