I spent Thursday further recovering from the overnight trip, when I can’t get at least some sleep overnight these are getting harder every year, and visiting a sailing friend who let me use the shower as those in Newlyn were closed due to Covid. Friday, as forecast started grey, damp and miserable but by 10:00 it had cleared enough to see across the bay past St Michaels Mount so I set off with a couple of other yachts including the Folkboat.
The wind quickly increased from not very much to a solid force 4 and occasionally 5 and I made good time to the Lizard, the tide was still adverse when I arrived so progress slowed dramatically but at least with the offshore wind the sea was not rough and I was able to sail quite close to the over-falls off the headland which kept me to windward making it possible to sail up to The Manacles buoy.
This was quite tricky sailing with a very gusty and variable wind up to F5, it was however pleasing to at least keep up with larger boats and sometimes pull away, there were 8 or 9 in view as I rounded, more than I have seen at sea all trip, in fact probably more than I have seen in an entire day previously.
|St Antony Head|
35 miles in a little under 8 hours.
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