Monday 15 August
Today the Mate woke up as the sun rose, and saw it set – either a very long day, or the nights are drawing in towards Autumn already. We left the Medway at 0700 in a flat calm, but enjoyed a perfect broad reach sail into the Thames on a favourable tide. I had to keep well clear of several large commercial vessels, and Skipper caught a brief glimpse of a dolphin off Canvey Island. We stopped for the night at Gravesend, but I’m too big to borrow a sailing club mooring, so we picked up one belonging to the Port of London Authority (PLA). Within minutes their launch was alongside and her crew were inviting mine to part with £25, which turned out to be an expensively bouncy, bumpy night. It was decided not to bother making a trip ashore, but there was plenty of admin to do to organise the imminent visitors to us in London.