I was up bright and early and was away by 05:15 in light
winds, a couple of hours later I was past the “Wave Hub” experimental site and sailing with the Cruising Chute in 11 knots of south westerly wind. That did not last for long and by 09:40 the wind was
up to 12 knots gusting 16 and one of those gusts causing a broach during which
the flogging chute threw off the snap shackle, something that would be repeated
a few days later so it looks as if I will have to remake the spinnaker sheets
with better snap shackles.
|My actual track (red) from St Ives to Ireland. The solid |
blue line is the direct rhumb line and the dotted blue line
the planned track allowing for the tide sailing at 4.5 knots.
By mid-afternoon it was blowing 17 -20 knots, 244 degrees and by 20:00 it was round to 329 degrees and I was well over 20 miles west of the rhumb line. As the wind veered, I came closer to the wind and was close hauled coming into the Irish course but managed to make Cansore Point without tacking and anchored in St Margaret’s bay, two and a half miles south of Rosslare which offers better protection from a NW wind than anchorages closer and with an easier route out to the north.
The downside of this route was the Covid lock down and quarantine requirements in the Republic that meant that the first place I would be able to go ashore would be the northern shore of Carlingford Loch.
|Gannets diving as I closed in on Ireland, the fish were having|
a bad time as a very large pod of dolphins were also feeding.