Our crews set out on a slightly warmer Tuesday morning, leaving Shotley marina and heading for Lowestoft. Ashanti and Clearlake II once again looking wonderful, passing the huge cranes outside the port of Felixtowe and the container ships loading and unloading their cargo.
With the tide working with us we made good time for the first few hours of the passage, each crew member taking turns at the helm whilst our skippers ensured we kept to the deeper waters, avoiding the sandbanks that surround the south-east coast. Although the tide was with us, alas the wind was not, and it duly disappeared forcing us yet again to proceed under motor for a couple of hours. All was not lost however, as the tranquility of a calm day on the open water, and the gentle throbbing of our two vessels' Volvo engines in the background.
Both boats arrived at Lowestoft around 1800, in plenty of time for a delicious meal at the Royal Norfolk and Suffolk Yacht Club, who were excellent hosts, ready for the following day.
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