Our cruise has started now and Quartette was approaching Dieppe at 8:20 UTC on the morning of 5th June. Dieppe is an attractive town with many restaurants right on the quay by the marina and a medieval castle and cathedral.
Tom and crew plan sit out today’s forecast gale force winds and heavy rain there and head onwards to Bologne on Wednesday when hopefully the gale will have passed through. In the meantime they have been taking the photos above.
It is not too late to join the summer cruise
At present weeks one, two, and three are full, but weeks five six and eight each have one space and weeks four and seven each have two spaces.
Week four is from Enkhuizen back to Enkhuizen and the sailing will be on the Ijsselmeer a vast inland lake formed when the Zuiderzee was dammed from the sea.
Enkhuizen is a lovely historic small town with a boat museum. (Click here to view Google Images). The lift-up bridges allow access to the Dutch canals too, which if there is a spell of poor weather then this is an interesting interlude.
Even though Holland is at the same latitude as the UK it is much more dominated by the continental weather systems and fewer Atlantic weather systems blow through so the temperatures can be much higher than the south of England on occasions.
The club member who had to cancel for family reasons has offered his deposit to subsidise the space of his replacement(s) (whereas normally he would get that back when the space was filled). So week four is a particularly attractive option financially. The cheapest flights into Amsterdam are with EasyJet from Gatwick at £95 return according to google flights. Flights into Amsterdam are still available on the Sunday from Southampton and are even cheaper on the Saturday or Monday if you want to look at Amsterdam too. To aid crew members travelling light there are 6 pillows 6 sleeping bags and 4 full sets of good condition oillies on board so you only need to take a pillow case and sleeping bag liner.
Week seven is from Amsterdam to Middelburg. This week is a mixture of canals and wide open estuaries so will allow water based sight-seeing through old towns and cities such as Rotterdam Leidam and Gouda. But the tidal estuaries and inland lakes formed by damming other entrances on the river Schelde give some sailing days too. Both Enkhuizen and Middelburg are short train ride from Amsterdam.
You can follow Quartette's progress on web based AIS trackers such as Vesselfinder and we will be keeping you up to date with further blog postings as crews report back.