With light winds forecast I did not fancy a long sleepless trip across Lyme Bay so decided on following the coast which might give a better chance of sea breezes and, in settled conditions, give a number of options to stop for the night any where from Tor Bay to Lyme Regis.
I left at 07:00 for what turned out to be the best sail of the whole trip with lovely weather and favourable light winds, haze did make photography difficult but I got a lot of sun bathing in between multiple gybes of the big spinnaker which was up most of the way from the middle of Start Bay to close to Exmouth.
|Very light winds to start but with a glassy sea I was able to ghost along.|
|Slapton Sands, site of Operation Tiger a disastrous practice for the D Day |
landings when e-Boats got in amongst the fleet resulting in the deaths of
almost a thousand American troops.
|Approaching Dartmouth with the 60 sq.m. spinnaker set.|
|Babbacombe Bay, The Cruise ships Ventura (P&O) and |
the Cunarder RMS Queen Mary at anchor waiting for Covid
restrictions to be lifted.
|RMS Queen Mary.|
|And not shown on the pic above the Regal Princess.|
|With a freshening wind I was making good progress, almost 6 knots|
in just under 10 knots of wind. It didn't last much longer, the wind
was backing and became too much for the big spinnaker.