Morning all and welcome to the midweek Ships Blog. June already and where has half the year gone?! Yesterday one of our berth holders ‘Tante Helena’ left for a four month trip around the UK. Shotley Point Yach Club members Alan & Geraldine Sinfield are sailing around the UK this summer on their yacht Tante Helena, raising money for The Urology Foundation. The Urology Foundation carries out research and provides training for surgeons and doctors into prostate, testicular, bladder and kidney cancer, all of which affect many thousands of men and women in the UK every year. Sailing up the east coast to Inverness, then to the west coast of Scotland, east coast of Ireland, west Wales, Scilly Isles and back along the south coast of England to Shotley. Their progress can be followed on their website – www.tantehelena.com A donation can be made to this worthwhile cause from their website. Today’s weather a bit grim here at Shotley and Harwich although at least it has now stopped raining! Forecast brightens up for the next few days with some reasonable winds from the west at first going easterly on Friday. Yesterday morning we had a short lock closure to change the No2 Mitre Gate Penstock Ram which had developed a leaking shaft seal. A big thanks to the crew for their hard work, that’s Andy, Craig, Baz, Colin and Gary the engineer. The lock is now back to normal and operating as it should. Today’s featured picture is of the new Farr designed Volvo Ocean 65 ‘Team Brunel’ from Holland. She competed in the North Sea Race which took place last Friday and started in Harwich Harbour.