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By 20.00 yesterday, Dale had become idyllic and by 22.00 completely tranquil. Ate and slept well. This morning? A beautiful day. Forecast (MFE permitting) is light winds and sunshine. So, we will motor to Fishguard through the Jack & Ramsey Sounds. Tide turns in favour at about 13.00.
Both XC Weather & WindGuru, for here, gave & give no more than about 12 kts, but a gale has blown through!!! Even now, it is too windy to think about getting the dinghy off to row ashore and join Dot & Peter for a meal. About an hour ago, within about 10 minutes of each, we heard two weather warnings. The first: gale continuing, the second: gale over!!! (Still F6 though!!). At least, from now onwards, we should not have to contend with 4m Atlantic waves on the quarter. (Haven’t mentioned those, have I) Broachy, broachy which auto helm had difficulty coping with! Wouldn’t miss it for the world😳
I bought an Rs400 for us, but every time we sailed, it blew. So I swapped it for the smaller RS200. Made no difference, it still blew. So we come to today. Given the limited alternatives, Gina thought we should go directly to Dale. I agreed. Great sail to The Lizard with a head wind, but freed off for a beautiful sail directly to Lands End where we caught the tide change to perfection. Off on a broad reach in 15 kts for our night sail and a good forecast. But what’s this the coastguard now warn? Force 6 with bursts of 7??? Sure enough, the wind rises to a steady 25 kts and we’re bowling along at 9 kts plus. Then, at about 04:30, 35 kts on the gauge and 11.1 kts boat speed seen. Ye Gods. Survived all of that when “gale imminent” given with is 2 hours from Dale. Escaped that fortunately, but here we are at anchor in beautiful sunshine with 25 kts over deck. It got worse – I fell asleep during our meal and Gina drank my wine!!! Anyway, that was 145 nm in 24 hours at an average of 6 kts with about 1 hour of motor. Respect.
But woke up this morning to 17 kt and General Grot!! The name of Donald Crowhurst sprang to mind and I wondered if fitting AIS had been really wise. Not for long. We are now sailing in 12 kts from the west in sunshine. Gina said she must have been unwell yesterday because she forwent her G&T!! This morning, to confuse me because of her not wanting to do any night sails, she said “let’s go straight to Dale!! That’s about 20 hours away😬. Partly because, if we had made for Lundy, by the time we got there it would have been an easterly. hey ho
Great sail today, but close hauled all the way. 15 kts of wind most of the time. Couldn’t lay the Lizard, so with Helford on the bow and the wind freshening to 20 kts plus, decided an early stop would be tops. Visitors’ mooring. Good rest, good meal and shower in the forward heads! Perfect. Given the tide times, we’re going in to Newlyn tomorrow after a leisurely start. I see there’s 30kts forecast for Wednesday. Might be making as dash for Dale!!!!
Away at about 07.00 after refuelling. Quarter mile visibility for first hour. Didn’t see Penlee Point! Close reaching now at 5.7 kts in 15 kts wind towards Lizard
We’re on board and half way unpacked. Seems I should have got a much bigger boat just for our ‘stuff’. I’ve ordered a shed which I should be able to fit aft of the cockpit!!