From Stad aan Het Haringvliet to Dover

We’ve been to Netherlands – France – Great Britain in the last days. While Belgium would have been nice to visit too, we decided to go to France directly and ended up in Dunkerque as the wind died and our fuel tank was nearly empty.

Dunkerque
Dunkerque
Dunkerque harbor, probably mullets
Dunkerque harbor, probably mullets

As we liked the beach we stayed for two days. Teresa took the opportunity to run 28km to Belgium and back. There are a lot of marine hardware stores and so we stocked up on fuel filters and oil filters. Unfortunately, Henning had to get back home from Dunkerque so now we’re on our own again.

Dunkerque beach
Dunkerque beach
Dunkerque beach
Dunkerque beach

Initially, we planned to go from Dunkerque to Isle Of Wight, but as the wind increased again we decided to stop at Calais. We arrived late at night and opposed to what we expected, there was nearly no ferry traffic. As the harbor only opens at high tide, we weren’t able to get in and stayed on a mooring buoy for the night. There was quite a lot of swell in the harbor but as the buoy was for free that was okay. At some times, it was impossible to have a can of beer standing on the table without holding it securely.

Calais
Calais

As the weather forecast predicted southwesterly winds with force 3 (about 10 knots), we decided to cross the english channel and then continue to sail west to Isle of Wight. But about half way of the crossing wind speeds increased and soon we found ourselves sailing close-hauled against force 8, we measured some wind gusts over 40 knots. So still no Isle of Wight for us, we’re in Dover now. And we’re having to eat massive amounts of eggs before they go bad. Very delicious!

Somewhere near Dover
Somewhere near Dover

So far, everything works great, except that we are wishing for more winds from the north or east. But considering the pilot charts for this area, those strong westerly winds seem to be normal.

We’ve sailed nearly 900 miles now and Mila works as we expect her to, except for a small leak (or leaks, who knows…) we haven’t found until now. When sailing close-hauled at force 5 or more our bilge pump removes about a small cup of water every hour. Nothing dramatic, but we would like to have a dry bilge.

Lukas

0 thoughts on “From Stad aan Het Haringvliet to Dover”

  1. Hallo Teresa, hallo Luks,
    ich finde, ihr beschreibt das sehr schön – man kann gut nachempfinden, was ihr erlebt. Spannend zu lesen! Wir begleiten euch gerne und drücken fest die Daumen für eine gute Fahrt und guten Wind. Lasst es euch gut ergehen und wir freuen uns auf den nächsten Blog. Liebe Grüße Hans-Jürgen

    1. Hallo Hans-Jürgen,

      besten Dank für deine guten Wünsche! Freut uns dass der Blog dir gefällt.

      Liebe Grüße,
      Teresa & Lukas

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