I ended deciding on the long and winding road out rather than the route through St Helen's Gap (see previous post), the main reason for this was that the sea was very calm so that some rocks on the right hand side of the channel that were just under water were not visible (even very small waves would have showed them) so I would have been relying on the GPS and eyeballing the more distant rocks to find the channel. A very calm sea also gives more clearance over submerged rocks on the route through the islands.
|Looking back to St Helens on the left and Tean on the right,
just visible left of centre is the lighthouse on Round Island.
|St Helens Left, round Island and Old Man.
|The N bound TSS lane was quite busy and I had to take action
to avoid two joining from the east.
|South of the Runnel Stone under the cruising chute, but slow
progress in light winds.