Today we got up really early to start the crossing of the English channel.
We were not alone as we started sailing at 0600 and the other 3 sailboats followed us for the first 3-4 hours.
We had really been looking forward to crossing the channel with a bit of trepidation.
All the people we have talked to told us that crossing the English channel was quite nerve-wrecking as it is one of the most heavily trafficked areas anywhere in the world.
After crossing over we must say that it was quite trivial to cross. We have a 12" chart plotter and AIS sender and receiver so everyone can see us and we can see everyone. This made planning where to cross quite easy, as we had received a message the night before from Koert telling which buoys to round and what course to choose making the crossing easy peasy for us.
The plan was to sail to Dover today but as we got off so early and the crossing went so well we decided to push on and try to make it to Eastbourne. This way we would save a whole day in our plan.
Again at the end of the day the wind disappeared and we had to motor the last 2 hours into Eastbourne. Eastbourne marina is a large quiet marina completely protected from the sea with locks.
As we were on our way we booked a berth by email and got a reply after a short while.
On arrival we called the marina before entering the channel and the harbourmaster filled one of the locks so we could enter the marina.
Waiting for the lock to fill was terrifying as we came in on low tide so it was very shallow in the channel towards the locks.
Of course, while waiting in front of the lock in a small basin the wind came back to mock us making it difficult to keep the boat steady.
10 minutes of waiting was totally worth it, the marina was just beautiful and completely still water met us.
The day had been very long so by this time we really wanted to get some food. We had talked about pizza for the last 3 days in the boat so Robert were starting to get manic.
Running over to the other side of the marina we found that almost all the restaurants had stopped serving food an hour ago.
We had to settle with thai as this was the only restaurant that still could serve us, but at least we got food :-)