A trip to France

14th September 2019

Paul, who I had met some two and a half years ago, had invited me to join him in Eastbourne for a planned sail to Dieppe France. So on Saturday the 14th of September I set off from Esher for Sovereign Harbour, Eastbourne. A two hour journey by car.

I was greeted by Paul and taken to “Izzy Wizzy”, his 32 foot Bavaria. Brenda, his wife welcomed me on board and after a few light refreshments we mad our way to “Pablos” a Mediterranean restaurant, one of many, within the marina complex. We were joined by Colin, a fellow berth holder at Sovereign and exchanged stories of sea and travel and yachts. We said our goodbyes to Brenda, who went back home, leaving us boys to finish off our evening.

Beautiful sunsets over Sovereign Marina

15th September 2019

The next morning Paul showed we around “Izzy Wizzy”, together with a safety brief and we planned an afternoon sail with Colin.

A quick trip to Asda, for provisioning and before we knew it we were back on Izzy Wizzy, preparing for our afternoon sail.

We motored through the marina complex and then through the lock and into the open waters of the Channel, heading towards Sovereign Light house, some five miles from the harbour entrance. A fresh breeze mad for an exhilarating sail and we managed to sail all the way back to the lock entrance.

Back on the berth, we prepared “Izzy Wizzy” and had a lovely homemade Lasanga, that Brenda had prepared for us earlier. Off to bed and an early morning start to catch the 0600 opening of the lock.

Izzy Wizzy on her moorings. A fine yacht in a fine marina.

Leaving the berth and a little radio work from Paul to lift the bridge for our exit.

Sovereign Light House – A funny looking structure
Back home and Paul reversing Izzy Wizzy back into her berth

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