Sunday, August 23, 2020

Stuck in Blyth

Well, it looks like I could be here for a while.

The next safe, all weather and all tide port for a boat that can't take the ground is Lowestoft, ports in between either have locks (most of them), bridges (Whitby) or drying approaches or harbours, single handed it will take 3-4 days to get there, even under engine. 

The last weather window and the one we are in now were not quite long enough and according to the two main models neither are the next two. With winds gusting 45-50 knots forecast for Tuesday / Wednesday and again for Friday so it looks like a boring week with not much to do.

Update Tuesday:

The GFS model says I can leave Thursday ( just) but the ECMWF model says Tuesday next week ☹️ I suspect the GFS is a bit optimistic and it only needs to be a bit off to make it not viable, mainly due to lack of suitable anchorages in  a brisk north wind / high sea, Filey is ok in reasonable conditions but probably not with a big sea running as there it likely to be from today’s nastiness, I’m  not sure about Spurn but that’s 2 days away.

And low tide early evening means I would not be able get into harbours on route.

Still no showers or facilities but compared to a couple who took shelter here yesterday I am living in luxury, they are in a serious hi-tech rowing boat heading to the river Crouch, not sure if they have a tent or if they have to stay on their bunk(s), either way not much room to move. Better them than me.

Slide show all of my pictures from Blyth. Page through by clicking the arrows or click in the centre of the pic to view from Flickr in a new window or full screen:

2020 Blyth

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