The fleet celebrates reaching Delta Marina with a slap-up meal in the yacht club

Delta Marina 51°33.652N 002°48.749E

This morning myself and Claire rose at 5.15am to set off in Time Flies to assess weather conditions.

I might take this opportunity to point out that I am not a morning person. In fact, as far as I was aware neither my brain nor my eyes were programmed to start working before 7am, but this is an MBM cruise and my fleet needed me. So I found myself leaving Nieuwpoort and setting off down the channel at the helm of the RIB with the dawn breaking and the sunrise creating a striking skyline. This is a beautiful time in the morning and were I not such a sleep addict I might try to see it more often.

Our route to Delta Marina was pleasant and after negotiating two massive locks, (English locks have nothing on these Dutch brutes), and five lifting bridges we found ourselves in the tranquill waters of the Veerse Meer.

We were all relieved to reach Delta as not only were we booked in for a slap-up meal at the yacht club but our arrival also meant that we had secured a rest day for tomorrow, so everyone was in a celebratory mood. The drinks and conversation flowed, and although there may be a few sore heads in the morning, my guess is there’ll be lie-ins all round.

Caption: The fleet waits in the lock to enter the Veerse Meer