One more boat delivery this year – a new Sunreef 74 sailing catamaran from Poland to the UK.
I flew out a few days earlier and went to the city of Poznan – once the capital of Poland. Obviously being November the temperatures were cold and freezing most of the time. Access around the town is easy due to an extensive tram network.
Old square –
Poznan at night –
Found a traditional Polish restaurant that served boiled potatoes, sausage meat wrapped in cabbage leafs and a beetroot hot drink !!
After a few days in Poznan I moved to Gdanks by using the train, a system that seemed to be very efficient and extensive. Although Gdansk was mostly flattened during the war it was rebuilt in a similar style to how it was previously.
Gdansk old town –
Whilst in Gdansk I was shown this sight, it was originally a Post Office during the second world war. Apparantly the Nazis when entering a new city would first go to the post office. From this they could find out where all the wealthy people lived and would immediately target them and start looting. The post office workers on hearing the nazis were coming started to burn all the records. They were found doing this and all lined up against the wall and shot. The white lines part way up the wall are where their hands would have been.
Photo at the time –
The Gdansk shipyards were some of the biggest in the world, some of the cranes you can see are now protected and cannot be removed. Once upon a time 20, 000 workers walked through the gates to the shipyards everyday. This of course was the birth place of solidarity movement.
Some of the cranes are still in use today –
Meeting the boat – a newly completed 74ft Sunreef catamaran –
Inside the main saloon area –
Galley area –
Rear deack area –
Onboard jacuzzi –
Made to feel at home on the boat !!
We left Gdansk and headed out into the Baltic for our trip to the Mediterranean.
Early morning Gdansk –
The conditions soon picked up and we were soon in constant 25 – 30 knot winds with choppy seas. The wind gusted up to 42 knots at times and never dropped below 20. When the wind changed to a northerly it was bitterly cold !!
The boat at Cuxhaven, Germany, just about to leave after it had completed the Kiel canal.
It took four days to get to Falmouth, in fact we arrived about 20 miles outside late at night so had to kill a load of time and arrived early morning.
Arriving Falmouth where the boat would spend its winter.
The boat stayed in Falmouth over the Christmas period as people needed to get home and opportunities to cross the Bay of Biscay were less frequent. The boat would have to wait until the beginning of the year to find its way to the med.