After so many false starts and setbacks it would appear that the boat has a fully functioning everything…although doubts probably remain about the owners. Yee Tak, James and John are sadly without Chris who is fighting her own battles with builders, but we are joined by Paul for a couple of days, presumably to ensure that we actually get to leave Essex. It turns out that Wednesday is remarkably relaxed and we even have time to take a last(?) walk around the Essex marshes at Tollesbury. We really have grown to love this place though we don’t really count ourselves as ‘East Coast Sailors’…even we can’t get used to so much mud. The plan is to leave on the morning tide out of the marina and make for the rivers Stour or Orwell as the first leg of the trip to Scotland. The weather forecast may have other plans.