We planned to be in the UK about a week and used the time to go over the yacht, cleaning it up after the big trip. As the engine was ready for its first oil and filter change we engaged a local Volvo Penta shop to handle it for us. We also had the hull polished and waxed and it looks great. Tracy joined us at this point as she was visiting friends in the UK and decided to stay on board for the rest of our journey south. Fantastic!
This was the longest passage so far on this journey but we needed to do it (you guessed it!) to get ahead of yet another gale building and forecast to hit the North Sea and English Channel. What is it with ‘summer’ in northern Europe? I thought in late July and August it would be the best weather of the entire year to do a transit. But we’ve been held up by gale after gale coming about every three days for our entire journey from Sweden.
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