Yet another of my cunning plans that did not work out! All started well with another early start this time at 04:10 to catch the tidal gate for the inshore route round the Bill, according to Reed's Almanac this is 3 hours long but its normal to try and get there as early as practical within that to get the calmest conditions and the longest west going stream across Lyme Bay. But you need to do it under power and in daylight to avoid the numerous lobster pots, so on this occasion I and crews of half a dozen other boats got a little more time in bed and aimed for an hour into the gate.
|Portland in the pre-dawn with not a breath of wind. |
It was much darker than it looks in the photo.
|Heading for the inshore route around the Bill.|
|Dawn over the Bill.|
|Boats spreading out to cross Lyme bay to various destinations.|
|Golden Cap, east of Lyme Regis and Charmouth is not as|
golden as it used to be within my memory with lots of greenery.
|Lyme Regis was already busy when I arrived at 09:40. It was|
also noisy, some from the beach but mainly from power boats
charging around creating wash, It was also hot. I stuck it for
over an hour when a very light breezes came in so I moved out.
|Nice clear water at Lyme, the anchor in more than 3 metres of|
water, with the heat wave visibility reduced substantially over
the next couple of days as algae and plankton bloomed.
|The light breeze did not last long, I made less than 2 miles in over|
3 hours, much of it in the wrong direction so on went the engine
and I reached Beer at 15:40.
|Looking towards Beer Head from the anchorage.|