I was wandering around Heybridge Basin this evening before meeting some friends for a photoshoot. There were quite a number of foreign yachts moored up, a bit unusual for the area. I met At as he was sitting on his boat enjoying a beer in the evening sunshine. We got chatting. He’s a Dutchman who sailed over from Hoek van Holland to Harwich with his friend three weeks ago. The voyage took about 17 hours overnight, the sea was very rough and they had to cross busy shipping lanes. It was a bit scary, but At was glad that it took less time than he had imagined. His wife and daughter had joined him later (presumably arriving the sensible way by ferry!). They were staying for another week and then heading home across the Channel once more. They very graciously offered me a drink, and I was sad that I had to decline as I was going to be late for meeting my friends. Thanks for telling me your story, At – and I wish you a safe journey home!