Blue Mistress and I left Plymouth early on Saturday morning.
The wind was favourable but the tide was still ebbing at the Great Mew Stone . . .
. . . and would be against us until Bolt Head, where the tide would turn but the wind would begin to head us. Both wind and sea rose at Start Point and pushed us further out sea before we tacked back towards Dartmouth, arriving just over nine hours after leaving Plymouth.
Overnight in Kingswear, looking across to Dartmouth, then the following morning . . .
. . . with little wind, and joined by my son, we motor-sailed to Teignmouth, an amiable passage, arriving around 1400.
Monday morning, we have a swing mooring – and a fresh start.
(Images by Bill Whateley)
Moving to a new mooring in Teignmouth in the next week or so.
(images by Bill Whateley)
1 – Post it again differently
My last post was a try-it-an-see effort – could I upload an image from my camera onto my mobile then post it on the blog – from my boat? Evidently I can. With a little practice, I can improve on it too.
I was intrigued to see, downstream from Blue Mistress, two masts of a large schooner towering over the normal view. Continue reading
I foolishly left the camera my smaller Lumix camera in Farnham at the weekend, so yesterday I took the heavier Nikon 3200 SLR instead. The problem is where to put it down in a hurry when I need to attend to the boat. It sits in one of the canvas line bags at a stretch otherwise in a bag hung just inside the companionway.
There were a number of people enjoying the water. It was one of those days when the wind was steady (F3), the sun shone, the sailing, as they say, was easy. I left the mooring about 1100 and was back at 1700. No pressure.
24 hour forecast for areas up to 12 miles offshore from Tuesday 23 June at 0600 UTC until Wednesday 24 June at 0600 UTC
Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly:
Wind: Variable 3 or less, Sea state: Slight, Weather: Fair, Visibility: Good.
Two short stories from yesterday . . .
I have picked out some images that together tell the story of yesterday’s sail – wind force 4-5, intermittent sunshine.
One of the features of a boat that was launched in 1988 is that any fittings that haven’t already been replaced are now over twenty five years old. I thought of this yesterday when, the winds having abated, we were able to get a couple of jobs done that had been scheduled for two days earlier.
I took the boat down river to Plymouth Yacht Haven. We slipped into a berth beside yachts twice the size of Blue Mistress. In such austere company we seem to be batting above our league. However, let’s concentrate on the job in hand . . .
I had pencilled-in today and tomorrow for a post-refit shake-down passage to Fowey and back – weather permitting.
It started to rain, the tide was high.
I leaned against the rail at Queen Anne Battery and watched a regular occurrence. Today, it was Hav Snapper turning into the Cattewater from the Sound.