Vlissigen - Honfleur - Hamble

27 Jul to 1 Aug 2008


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'Sea Essay of Hamble' lying in Vlissigen, Holland on Sunday
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On our way out of the Vlissigen lock
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Brian H on the stern line
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This chap couldn't fit in normally so he came in at right angles!
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At sea on our way overnight to Boulogne
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Very busy waters around Zeebrugge - the screen shows 47 large ships within 10 miles of us but there were 89 in the full list
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Brian A outside Oostende
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And then we came across this collection of mysterious objects - no idea what they were but there must have been more than 50 of them.
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Asim on the helm
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Coming into Boulougne the next morning - a very calm passage
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Enter the harbour and sail up to ...
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... the white mark on the wall and then a straight course into the inner harbour.
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Next day (Wed) off to Dieppe
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Another very calm day
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Breakfast
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Hitching a lift
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Got the cruising chute up first time
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Lines for the cruising chute
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Yes - and he shat on the spray hood!
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Coming into Dieppe
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Pushed out of the way for this dredger
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On the way to Fécamp
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Lovely French coast - must be worth doing a drive along our route
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A bit of wind at last
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Into Fécamp where they make Benedictine - had a couple at the Restaurant L'escalier - excellent meal and service
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Nice reflections
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Wednesday - off to Honfleur
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Fascinating chalk structures along the cost
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Past the Antifer harbour north of Le Harvre - 2 mile jetty used for petro carbons
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Coming up to Le Harvre and decided to pop in for fuel as there isn't any at Honfleur
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That's one way to fill up - the fuel depot is tucked away in a corner where we touched the bottom an hour before LW - got away quickly!
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Then out to keep clear of the shallows to the south of Le Harvre
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... and then up the Seine to towards Honfleur which is on the right before the motorway suspension bridge
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Lock doors closing behind us
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Without meaning to I beat these yachts out of the lock which didn't please them
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- something about lock etiquette but I haven't read up on that yet!
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Then into beautiful Honfleur harbour - even better in real life
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Opens on the half hour - but not all of them
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Thursday morning - in time for ...
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... breakfast
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A nice Pilot Saloon 47
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Last meal in France
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Shipping outside Le Harvre at the start of the crossing back to the UK
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Then a force 7 gale back overnight to Portsmouth - 18 hours
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It eased off a bit by the morning or maybe we were getting used to it
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Landfall at Gosport, followed by a brisk sail up to the Mercury Marina at Hamble for a final dinner
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