The gaffers were very well looked after in Newcastle with Jim Bell's excellent organisation. On the last evening there was an informal party on the pontoon which went much as would be expected given the mix of warm weather, relaxed gaffers and a generous supply of free whisky kindly provided by Old Poultney.
Today we left Newcastle with its series of dramatic bridges and motored down the Tyne. It was warm with little wind and we motored most of the way to Hartlepool. We locked into the marina,and tied up alongside Bonify.
The most notable ship here is the Napoleonic era frigate Trincomalee of 1819. I often used to sail past her when she was moored in Portsmouth harbour and called the Foudroyant. Since then she has been extensively restored and looks magnificent.
Today is Sian's birthday so after suitable preliminaries aboard we ventured out looking for a suitable restaurant to gather strength for tomorrow.