Day 123, Bad weather day in Amble on the River Coquet in Northumberland.

After Victoria and Alec plus their two boys left yesterday evening after a lovely meal in Amble, the south westerly wind screamed,  screeched and whistled through the masts and rigging…all night long.

Wednesday morning arrived and after a disrupted night’s sleep ..the wind continued as it had done all night long. All the weather forecasts bore a similar story of SW Force 6 and above winds…so today’s planned sail was reluctantly called off. As a consequence of tide times, we would not have been able to depart until after 2 pm this afternoon.

Amble marina on the right, from up river near Warkworth. Looking out east to the North Sea.

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We spent the afternoon walking up river to the very scenic and quite charming little town of Warkworth  on the Coquet River.  A late lunch was taken in a most pleasant hostelry.

My late lunch today ….good old fashioned bangers and mash plus a big bowl of anti scurvy medication. The onion rings have nothing to do with my diet!!! They seem to appear every mealtime!

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A photo of Warkworth Castle ..note blue skies and sunshine…but a wicked south westerly wind blowing.

704EBD4D-0345-4E7B-8743-8B3900C34D98.jpegAfter visiting the village stores for tomorrow’s snack lunch whilst sailing, we walked back to Amble along the river bank…by now high tide. Wildlife a plenty…swans, cormorants, herons etc plus the start of the blackberry harvest season… starling pink poo in our cockpit for the first time …lovely!

Our afternoon walk along the Coquet River…the town/village and castle in the background.

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Tomorrow we plan to depart at 8am and complete a 10 hour journey south to Whitby in North Yorkshire. Just hope this south westerly eases up !!

As a consequence of today’s bad weather day…the schedule has to change yet again. The revised version is set out below:

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