Wednesday, 4 May

After a peaceful night, we walked into town and did some shopping and dropped by the chandlers, Force4, to buy a 2022 Reeds Almanac a few other odds and ends and ask when our liferaft would be re-delivered after servicing. It seems we will have to wait another week or so.

Anne, with her bad knee, is now helming and Richard is leaping around organising fenders and mooring ropes. Anne made an exemplary departure from our berth and we headed off to Newtown Creek to meet up with friends Alethea, Tony and dog Winnie on their yacht Doucement. We had met them on our round Britain sail and kept in touch meeting up on dry land from time to time. Tony also has a Caterham car so mutual admiration trips are arranged outside the sailing season. They are on their way to Cornwall to see their son and grandson. They had picked up a mooring buoy so we rafted up to them, all approved by the National Trust warden when he came along to collect the mooring fee (each boat has to pay).

Had a very convivial evening meal onboard Doucement and a peaceful nights sleep.

Alethea, Tony and Winnie on Doucement

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