5 – A lot of sail, very little wind
On the Monday, I set off early towards Salcombe planning to get to Bolt Head before the tide turned against me. There was no wind so, under motor, a chance to note the effect of the tide and the surface of the sea. Thus . . .
force 0 (with a friend), then . . .
a hint of wind – zephyrs, force 0+. Later, off Bolt Tail . . .
force 1 . . . and sail after sail suddenly appear on the horizon . . .
A mile or so further and I am threading through the Fastnet fleet – those who have come inshore to pick up the tide now turning in their favour . . .
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I watch crews silently concentrating, no friendly waves of acknowledgement here. As I pass Bolt Head and open up the entrance to Salcombe, still they come . . .
(Images by Bill Whateley)