In praise of the North Sea

Practical Boat Owner - - Letters -

I am a great fan of all things Paul Heiney, and of the North Sea. It was very un­for­tu­nate that Paul had such an event­ful and dif­fi­cult cross­ing from Os­tend (PBO Oc­to­ber) and of course I sym­pa­thise.

How­ever, I would like to put in a good word for East Coast sail­ing. In June this year I also crossed from Os­tend and had one of the best days sails of my life. A brisk northerly meant storm jib and heav­ily reefed main as my Nova 27 Maisie tack­led the el­e­ments at a steady 5 knots... good for an old girl like her. We were pass­ing through Fish­er­mans Gat 15 hours later fol­low­ing a set­ting sun hav­ing ex­pe­ri­enced all the ex­hil­a­ra­tion that our sport can so of­ten pro­vide. I like the North Sea. John Kingsnorth Pin Mill, Suf­folk

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