Monday, September 13, 2021

2021 Late Summer Cruise, Days 25 & 26, & some Statistics.

Force 6 winds were forecast for Friday but then the 07:00 inshore forecast replaced the F6 with F5 and I considered moving on, but 6 different models from the 08:15 download from Predictwind, including the met office model, were predicting gusts around 28 knots so instead I just moved out to the Portland Harbour anchorage saving a days berthing fees and making for a quicker and easier getaway on Saturday.

It was still blustery (F4-5 all the way) on Saturday but I was away at 05:30, half an hour later than planned as I did not hear the alarm for some time. The broad reach past St Albans ledge was very pleasant, starting in the pre-dawn and I made quick progress under Genoa alone. Unfortunately the next leg was dead down wind (again) with the sea conditions  uncomfortable. With tidal gates to make for the mooring I switched on the engine and motor-sailed at, and with the help of the waves, often well over the theoretical maximum hull speed of 6.8 knots, frequently making 8 - 9 knots over the ground.

I went through Hurst Narrows at the peak of the spring tide, for better control I went through under engine alone and unfurled the genoa once past the worst of the broken water. After dodging an awful lot of boats, many of which were clearly over canvased and not fully under control, I made it to the mooring with 20 minutes to spare before the local high water, the ideal time to arrive, although with a strong wind it took a lot of effort to get the stern line on. And I found someone had chopped up one of the two stern lines, presumable with their propeller.

Achilles 9 metres "Sancerre" in Hurst Narrows
Broken water with the strong wind and tide, this would be really evil
wind against tide. I was making better than 10 knots over the ground.
Achilles 9 metres "Sancerre" in Hurst Narrows
Achilles 9 metres "Sancerre" in Hurst Narrows
Achilles 9 metres "Sancerre" in Hurst Narrows

56 miles in 9 hours.

Summary:

129.6 hours sailing
544 Nautical miles over the ground.
14 days sailing
9 Days weather bound
13 Days at anchor
6 Days in a marina
6 Days on a buoy

Average sailing day, 38.9 GPS miles in 9.3 hours.

Day by Day:

 Day #

 Hrs

 GPS Miles

Tue 17 Aug 2021

To Hurst

            1

          5.75

               20.0

Wed 18 Aug 2021

To Studland

            2

          5.00

               19.0

Thu 19 Aug 2021

To Portland

            3

          4.75

               20.0

Fri 20 Aug 2021

To Pilchard Cove

            4

       16.05

               56.0

Sat 21 Aug 2021

To Cawsand

            5

          7.50

               33.0

Sun 22 Aug 2021

To St Mawes

            6

          8.75

               37.0

Mon 23 Aug 2021

St Mawes

            7

Tue 24 Aug 2021

To St Michaels Mount

            8

          7.00

               36.0

Wed 25 Aug 2021

To Hugh Town, St Mary's

            9

          9.00

               41.0

Thu 26 Aug 2021

Hugh Town

          10

Fri 27 Aug 2021

Hugh Town

          11

Sat 28 Aug 2021

To St Mary's Pool

          12

          1.75

                 4.0

Sun 29 Aug 2021

To St Michaels Mount

          13

          9.50

               38.0

Mon 30 Aug 2021

To Newlyn

          14

          1.25

                 3.0

Tue 31 Aug 2021

Newlyn

          15

Wed 01 Sep 2021

Newlyn

          16

Thu 02 Sep 2021

Newlyn

          17

Fri 03 Sep 2021

To St Mawes

          18

       10.25

               40.0

Sat 04 Sep 2021

To Fowey

          19

          6.00

               24.0

Sun 05 Sep 2021

Fowey

          20

Mon 06 Sep 2021

To Salcombe

          21

          8.50

               38.0

Tue 07 Sep 2021

Salcombe

          22

Wed 08 Sep 2021

To Portland

          23

       19.50

               79.0

Thu 09 Sep 2021

Portland marina

          24

Fri 10 Sep 2021

To Portland anchorage

          25

Sat 11 Sep 2021

To Hamble

          26

          9.00

               56.0

 Totals:

          26

       129.6

             544.0


Statistics for the year:

 Days

 Hours

 GPS Miles

 Days Sailing

 Weather Bound

 Marina or Buoy

At anchor

Round GB

79

437

1,881

47

24

34

40

Summer cruise

10

86

319

8

1

1

7

Scilly Isles

26

130

544

14

9

12

13

2021 total

115

652

2,744

69

34

47

60



Summary 2017 - 2021:

Includes some estimates of day sailing in 2017 & 2018 but the total GPS miles is the same as that recorded by the instruments. Excludes time on the "home" marina or mooring. The Marina berths, Buoys and Anchorages were in a total of 77 different locations. 

Year

Days

Hrs at Sea

GPS Miles

Days

Sailing

Weather Bound

Marina or Buoy

At anchor

2017

14

-

238

13

-

-

1

2018

46

-

1,559

31

-

7

14

2019

49

485

2,282

41

5

15

24

2020

64

372

1,685

32

18

36

24

2021

115

652

2,744

70

34

47

60

Total

288

1,509

8,508

187

57

105

123

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