Sunday 21 August
After a bit of a kerfuffle about whether the lock-keeper was going to let us out or not, we finally escaped unscathed to slip into the river in almost no wind. It’s almost always easier to leave than to arrive. My crew had planned to overnight at Erith yacht club, but in fact the tide carried us downstream at some speed, and Erith didn’t actually have enough space (or shelter) for me, so having waved hello to a seal in Gravesend Reach, we finally settled at Higham Bight, a super anchorage just East of Gravesend. This was calm, comfortable, peaceful and free!