Sitting in Dover waiting for the gales to wear themselves out.
We set off this morning from Eastbourne, hoping to make Ramsgate tonight, with a view to crossing the Thames Estuary tomorrow. No such luck. As we approached Dungeness, the radio beeped out a message from the coastguards: Gale Warnings.
Thames, issued on Sunday 29 August 2010 at 0350 UTC
Northwesterly gale force 8 expected soon, veering northerly and increasing severe gale force 9 later
Dover, issued on Sunday 29 August 2010 at 0946 UTC
Northwesterly gale force 8 imminent
Force 7 is bad enough in a yacht, 8 and 9 is beyond a joke. We had hoped to make it before the storms hit, but it wasn't to be.
So Robin is getting the train home, and I'm staying with Catabout until next weekend, when hopefully we can take her home.
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