Voyages of Lady Martina – our 2021 season plans and subsequent achievements
This section summarises the cruises planned for Lady Martina in 2021 and evolves with constant updates and additions.
Whilst plans were always subject to the weather, the serviceability of the vessel and health and well-being of the crew, this summarises our cruising intentions and acts as a guide for friends and family who we wanted to visit us at every opportunity as valued guests.
An additional consideration this year, has been the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, delaying, as it has, all cruising activity domestic and international throughout the spring of 2021. There have also been uncertainties about the implications of Brexit, impacting both the availability of red diesel for the future and complicating the arrangements for arriving at and leaving adjacent countries in Europe. As a result, we were not able to get on Lady Martina until late May/early June ready to start some local cruising .
As our plans for individual cruises take the reader to the details of each passage as they happen.
Section I - Southwold - Sunday 6th June to Wednesday 9th June (4 days incl. 2 lay-days)
Following an initial cruise with some family members up and down the Yarmouth Road' to 'test the water', it was concluded that the antifouling had predictably failed to adequately protect Lady Martina's hull whilst being moored so long in Lowestoft, which was unsurprising in view of the lack of use. Despite previously arranging the vessel to come out in Lake Lothing, where the hull was cleaned off and was coated with two good layers of Seajet 033 Shogun antifouling; which came highly recommended for protecting hulls from the East Coast of England, it was evident from the lack of speed that attention would still be needed of longer trips were considered.
With us having no current appetite or opportunity, due to the Covid and Brexit restrictions, for a full season of European sailing and, in view of the hull fouling, we opted to restrict visits to the East Coast
Part 1. Sunday 6th June- Lowestoft to Southwold see Lowestoft to Southwold 2021
Part 2. Wednesday 9th June - Southwold to Lowestoft see Southwold to Lowestoft 2020