Friday 28 April 2023


With Ant and Justin as crew we set off at 5.30am from the Swale with a pleasant SW breeze. By midday we were in Ramsgate where the OGA 60 Round Britain cruise starts. There are a few Gaffers here already. Some are going on a short trip up the river Stour to Sandwich, but we are staying here for the weekend.  
The picture shows the Dutch sailing ship (a brig) Morganster in harbour and apparently taking on passengers for Ostend. She was built in 1919 and has enjoyed a colouful history.
Other Gaffers here include the smackyacht Mutual Friend - built by John Tyrrel and once kept in Faversham, Barbarossa that has sailed round the world, Martin Goodrich's lovely Onward of Ito and the Dutch boats Recipe and Hilda. Ramsgate inner harbour is convenient for supper at the excellent Royal Temple Yacht Club with a fine view of the harbour.

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