I left Gosport at 13:00 on Wednesday 24th freshly power washed on the SeaLift, arriving Hallsand immediately behind Start Point on Thursday 16:30 after a varied trip down ending in several hours in fog that ended just inside Start Point and a few hundred yards from the anchorage.
|Fog clearing from Start Point Light, half a mile east of here the visibility was|
about 100 yards - I was within 0.2 miles of 4 boats, visible on AIS and/ or
radar but did not see any of them.
After a good nights sleep I left at 07:00 in rough seas, especially around the Start and past Pawle Point, Bolt Head and Bolt Tail, with light winds the engine was used quite often until a fresh breeze set in as I passed the Eddystone and I had to stop trying to film dolphins to set the Genoa. With the wind changing frequently it was a toss up between going to Fowey or St Mawes but I ended up at the latter.
|Arriving St Mawes Friday|
Pic by Ron D
|Sancerre and on the right a 100 year old working boat coming into|
St Mawes after a race
On Saturday there was a local trip with Roger and Ron on Rogers 41 foot Blue Magic but with gales forecast I gave up on thoughts of going further west in Sancerre and made a dash for Fowey and for the 2nd time this year I spent 3 nights there to shelter from gales
|Sunday evening, the lull before the storm.|
I spent a little time before the gales hit the day after arrival motoring up the river in the tender but at low tide could not get very far even with a draft of less than a foot.
|Motoring up the river with the china clay handling wharfs behind.|
Then home again in pictures:
|Night 1, Start Point and Hallsand (anchorage centre, remaining beach right)|
without the fog.
|Dartmouth for Fuel|
|Exmouth, the moorings were in over 3 knots of turbulent current just an hour|
before high water, it looked uncomfortable and difficult to get on to single
handed (but would have been easy with a crew) so on to anchor behind
Beer head for night 2.
|Leaving Beer, very early in the morning and on to Lyme Regis for fresh food|
and a shower at the sailing club..
|Lyme Regis, relatively new pontoons at the end of the Cob.|
|Lyme Regis Harbour. I joined the sailing club here over 50 years ago |
but have not sailed from here for about 45. Much has changed but it
is still Lyme.
|Sailing at Lyme in the late 60's, Albacore "El Avispa" (The Wasp)|
I sold her shortly after to get an old 505.
|Golden Cap, an Iconic land mark between Lyme Regis and Portland.|
|Approaching the Bill on the inshore route minutes before the change|
of tide but still with 4 knots of current behind me.
|Off of the Bill|
|Quarry workings just north of the Bill on the east side. Its amazing|
how they worked barges etc. into here 200 years ago. On to anchor in the
harbour for night 3.
|Track from Beer to Portland Harbour via Lyme Regis.|
|HMS Defender a type 45 Frigate off Portland. |
|Anvil Point, nice to have the Lulworth range shut for the month.|
|Track from Portland Harbour to Osbourne Bay|
|Cheating the tide up the Solent|
|I got from Portland to Hurst Narrows in less than 6 hours then took more|
than that to beat up the Solent against the tide and the Fastnet fleet to short
of Cowes when, with it getting late, I put the engine on to motor to Osborne
bay to anchor for the night before moving to Haslar next morning.