Shango 2017-

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Latitude Longitude Date / Time (UTC) Depth (m) Speed (kts) Course (°T) Comment
51° 30.68' N 0° 2.256' W 29 Aug 2019 13:18 None None None Limehouse Basin,London. We made it! Left the Medway at 6:45am just at low tide and were through the locks off the Thames into Limehouse at 1:45pm. It's been a good year. Panama, Catagena, the Bahamas, Bermuda, the Azores and England's West Coast to London. Time to relax and then get ready for some land travel to Spain and Portugal with good friends from Oregon. We'll then head home till April with hopefully several visits back to Shango before then to enjoy London. Now its time for some champagne as we always do when we finish a long passage or a season's cruise.
51° 25.105' N 0° 44.13' E 27 Aug 2019 10:43 None None None Medway River. Motored up from Ramsgate this morning in the fog. Shango is much happier now that her bottom and rudder are clean. Our speed was improved by at least a half knot. We saw another mega wind farm through the fog. Quite impressive. We're on a town mooring very close to the mouth of the Thames so we'll leave early tomorrow morning or the next day when the tide turns favorable and we should be able to make it to Limehouse in London on a single tide. We'll decide tonight whether we go tomorrow or the next day. We're amazed that we traversed the entire coast and were able to get a visitor's mooring or berth whenever we wanted one despite the numbers of sailboats and being right in the middle of peak season. England's west coast is definitely a sailor friendly place.
51° 19.706' N 1° 25.237' E 26 Aug 2019 15:31 None None None Ramsgate Marina. Came up here this afternoon to shorten tomorrow's against the tide trip to the Medway River where we'll start our final leg up the Thames to London. We enjoyed Dover and its surrounds. Dover Castle and its grounds were rich with history....a Roman lighthouse circa 100 AD, one of Henry II's castle retreats circa 1100 AD, and an important British defensive position over the last several centuries against potential French and German attacks. Its tunnels were where the Dunkirk retreat was managed and were very interesting. Amy visited Canterbury Cathedral and came away very impressed by its scale and beauty. On the mundane side, we filled up with much needed fuel at Dover's very cheap fuel dock and also had Shango briefly hauled to clean the bottom and change our zincs. A good visit all in all.
51° 7.065' N 1° 18.575' E 21 Aug 2019 16:21 None None None Dover Marina. We are right above the Chunnel and we saw Calais, France just before we turned into the protective breakwaters(huge) of the marina. Good to be here. We were happily surprised today to find that soon after leaving modern Brighton, the countryside returned to its quiet self and we had some beautiful views of rolling hillsides and dramatic white chalk cliffs as we headed to Dover. The Seven Sisters Cliffs were really beautiful and almost worth a land trip to see. We'll start planning our passage to London and the Limehouse Marina after we relax a bit and tour the Dover Castle.
50° 48.606' N 0° 6.162' W 20 Aug 2019 15:19 None None None Brighton Marina. England's largest marina. We've finally left the small old coastal town section of the west coast. We've returned to the 21st Century. Brighton has a population of nearly 500,000 and looks like any other large, modern, coastal resort. Todays's hop from the Solent to here and tomorrow's longer trip, 65 miles to Dover, will complete the long daily legs to London. Our remaining legs should be much shorter. We had a ton of favorable current and good winds today. Tomorrow should be much lighter winds but we'll get 10 hours of favorable current.

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Vessel Particulars

Name: Shango 2017-

Length: 12.3

Draft: 1.6