11-13 April 2014
When we bought Pintail she was in Gosport. The prospect of a three hour drive and exhorbitant marina fees meant we needed to move her.
After a quick shakedown cruise in the Solent under the guidance of our sailing mentors Jane and Martin we planned the 3 day trip up to Essex Marina and roped in our delivery crew – Clive, Carolyn and Mark.
We spent our first night in Newhaven, accompanied by the noise of the scrap metal barge. It looked much prettier at dawn than it sounded.
After a short night in Ramsgate (arriving too late and leaving too early to pay!) we headed up into the Thames Estuary and our first experience of negotiating WW2 forts and sandbanks. Our embryonic navigation skills did not quite calculate the tides well enough to avoid a long slow passage down the Crouch to Pintail’s new home.
But we made it and there was champagne!