A Day's R&R
Trip Start Apr 29, 2011
109Trip End Sep 03, 2011
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The day was cold – these westerly winds are definitely colder than the easterlies. In fact we were sailing with our full heavy duty Musto suits on; these are usually only used at the beginning and end of the season and indeed, last year they weren’t used at all, I don’t think. Still, we were making good progress and by 10:45 or so we had the engine on and were approaching the mouth to the canalised river, the Juru Kanalas. We had to keep to one side, avoiding shallows and a wreck that was reputed to be there, as a large vessel overtook us.
We were soon in the Cruise Terminal Harbour, the only area that is open to visiting yachts now that the Old Castle Harbour’s places have all been taken up by local boats
We were soon chatting to Alan (from the Nauticat) who’d come along the jetty and pleasantries over, we went for a shower and change of clothes, had lunch and lounged around for a couple of hours, then set off to explore the town a little. We knew we weren’t staying long in Lithuania and I’d only changed sufficient moneys to give me 100 Lits ( £23 roughly) and the harbour and shower dues were 80, so shopping was not on the agenda!
The excellent Baltic Sea Pilot states ' Klaipėda is a friendly, pleasant town, not without charm’ and I think we would agree, what we saw of it in the two hours that we wandered around. It was obvious that efforts were being made to renovate buildings and to get rid of the worst of the Soviet era, but much remains to be done
On the way back to CW, we passed Alan’s boat and he invited us on board for a cuppa. His friend Dave was there; Dave hails from Ipswich and he has joined Alan for the summer. Interestingly, Alan keeps his boat in Tollesbury, on the saltings. Tollesbury is the marina we kept CW in before we left for Holland last year and it is an area that we retain fond memories of. Alan and Dave have been as far as St Petersburg, having motored solidly for 6 days up the Baltic to Helsinki before stopping for a break (quelle hommes!!) and were now on their way southwards and we were pleased to give them some advice and information of our travels to date.
Back to the boat and a nice Thai chicken curry prepared by Julie, an episode of ‘Yes Minister’ and early night.