Whew, after 4 weeks of really hard graft, Velvet Lady looks shiny and new and ready for her winter months in the sunshine.
It seemed quite a project to complete in 4 weeks, but thanks to the hard work of the guys in French Marine and the helpful staff in the marina at Suffolk Yacht Harbour we did it.
With Velvet Lady out of the water, we replaced the main engine, generator, steering, fridge and freezer. Whilst the engineers were working inside, Lin and Richard were sanding, filling and painting the topsides and applying fresh antifouling.
We then had a fast and furious 36 hours with a tail wind to cover the 290 miles from Ipswich to Plymouth before severe gales from the west were due. We arrived at 9pm Sunday night followed shortly by the wind on Monday morning and are now safely moored in our usual place, Mayflower Marina.
We have more than a week in hand for some cleaning, polishing and tittivating before setting off south towards the sunshine and warmer weather.
We will be ready to start again on 3rd October with the usual crossing of the Bay of Biscay. This trip still has a few spaces and we can promise an action packed adventure with loads of miles for your log books.
If that is too short notice for you, we have a full programme of winter sailing holidays including Christmas and New Year. See the schedule page of our website for all dates and prices.