The crew of Kingfisher were still digesting breakfast as they left Whitby in the distance, when they picked up an extra member of crew, a little migrant chiffchaff.
From Sunderland to Hartlepool, the Durham Coast has emerged from its industrial past to an area worthy of Heritage Coast status. This heavily degraded coastline emphasised the deprivation of the area until a partnership of fourteen organisations came together between 1997-2002 to regenerate the coast of Durham. The Turning the Tide (TTT) Partnership successfully regenerated and cleaned up the coastal strip. TTT, a £10 million programme of environmental improvements, was implemented through a hundred separate projects. Beaches which had been buried under metres of coal industry waste have been restored to their natural habitat and nature is reclaiming it once more.
As the sail for Macmillan yachts sailed by, they were treated to a splendid wildlife watch as Chris confirms:
“So, last day. Woke up in brilliant sunshine in Whitby and ready for a long sail to Newcastle. But the winds were with us, and so was the weather. A brilliant sail, and got onto a 25-mile single reach in glorious sunshine watching fulmars, terns, and guillemots all the way to Newcastle. A lovely northern welcome into Royal Quays North Shields for a lovely evening. Thanks to skipper Chris and first mate Dave for a fantastic week. Jealous for those following this week to Inverness”
Newcastle is a large commercial and industrial city situated on the River Tyne on the north-east coast of England. It grew to prominence during the nineteenth century as a coal port, exporting coal all over the world. Shipbuilding was also an important industry during this period with many famous yards located along the riverbanks.
Built around the historic Albert Edward Dock, Royal Quays Marina is now widely regarded as the premier boating facility in the north of England. Situated close to the River Tyne entrance, the Marina is ideally placed for access to the open sea and for cruising on the sheltered waters of the River Tyne.
As the Round Britain sail pauses for the weekend and changes crew members, they say farewell to Chris, Tony, Will and Gary from Nightsong, whilst Colin, David and Kevin leave Kingfisher and head for home. New crew members Michael, Scott, Ian and Keith will be joining the challenge for the second leg from Newcastle to Inverness. This leg should be packed with wildlife and stunning scenery, castles and fishing ports, as they head for the Caledonian Canal.
Paul on Kingfisher sums up the experience so far:
“Having had a great sail from the very hospitable marina in Whitby, the crew of Kingfisher arrived at Newcastle to complete the first leg of Sail Around Britain 2017 in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
Life is full of challenges and helping to support those who really need it makes our own personal challenge so much more worthwhile.
Well done guys.”
Anyone interested in taking part in a Sail for Macmillan should contact Colin and Jan of Premier Sailing, who will be happy to share more details and if you wish you may express an interest in taking part in 2018, without obligation.
Donations to support the cause may be given to the Just Giving page
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