Either way, having visited the Orkneys however we get there, we will turn South for the return leg down the East coast of Scotland, the Holy isles, The East coast of England, the Wash and its famously tricky navigation, and then round East Anglia and back to Harwich.
So, by way of an aid to new and departing crew trying to work out where we might be on a given date (and to provide much amusement when we look back at what I have written), the details go something as follows, each passage representing one day and hence indicating where we might spend the night.
dep 16Jun14 Shotley to Ramsgate (42 miles) for a few hours, then Ramsgate to Lymington (136nm) overnight arriving 17Jun14
Lymington to Portland 43nm
Portland to Salcombe 68nm
Salcombe to Falmouth 52nm
Falmouth to Penzance 40nm
Penzance to Padstow 72nm
Padstow to Milford Haven 75nm
Milford to Arklow Ireland 87nm
Arklow to Dun Laoghaire 36nm
Dun Laoghaire to Peel Isle of Man 57nm
Peel to Carrickfergus Northern Ireland 57nm
Carrickfergus to Isle of Gigha, Western Isles of Scotland 67nm
Gigha to Tobermory, Isle of Mull 67nm
Tobermory to Isleornsay Skye 42nm
Isleornsay to Loch Ewe 63nm
Loch Ewe to Kinlochbervie 46nm
Kinlochbervie to Scrabster 65nm
Scrabster to Stromness 27nm
Stromness to Wick 38nm
Wick to Whitehills 60nm
Whitehills to Eyemouth 139nm night sail.
Eyemouth to Lindisfarne 44nm
Amble to Whitby 63nm
Whitby to Grimsby 80nm
Grimsby to Wells next the sea (!) 62nm
Wells to Lowestoft 57nm
Lowestoft to Shotley 44nm.
This is all, as they, say of course subject to change!!!