We departed Ramsgate on the 27th August at 20-10 BST, so we had chance to get the sails up before darkness fell. The passage across the Thames was fair and we managed to avoid all the huge container ships coming from Felixstowe . The dawn came which made Lowestoft feel that much nearer. We arrived safely in the Hamilton dock at Lowestoft around 15.30 BST. We were allocated a favourable berth on the seaward side of the pontoons, which should make departing easier than if we were on the inner pontoons.
The following day we made arrangements for another crew member to join us for the last leg, Ross our youngest. The five day forecast indicated Northerly winds so we knew we were here for at least a week.
We had a day out to Great Yarmouth on the bus, and to be honest that is probably the best way to visit and the Town Quay does not offer much in the way of facilities.
The additional crew arrived safely the following Thursday but there was no sign of any fair winds.
Sadly, whilst in Lowestoft, we all experienced a rather distressing event. When returning from a shopping trip we were walking up the main street when it became apparent a man was on fire, and was literally covered in flames. Attempts were made to bat the flames out with coats but to no avail. There was a young lady standing with a fire extinguisher but she did not know how to use it, I guess the years of fire lectures were finally going to be of use, and the knowledge was used to put out the flames. Although the man was alive, suffice to say things did not look good.
The event took its toll on all of us – and I don’t think any of us will forget.
It looks like there will be a weather window on the 9th September for us to sail back to Grimsby, but we all know what the forecasts are like ! A trip to Southwold is on the agenda for today.