Milford Haven is long so to shorten the trip on Wednesday when the wind eased I moved to the anchorage at Dale Shelf on Tuesday afternoon, motoring till past most of the oil facilities then a pleasant but chilly sail, that turned into a bit of a theme on this trip.
10 miles in two and a half hours.
It was another early start on Wednesday, again a theme for this trip and not a welcome one, I was up at 02:30 to find a light mist but visibility not that bad, I could see the land around the bay and lights several miles away on the oil terminal. The fog horn sounding in the distance (St Ann's Head as I later found) was not really concerning. I was away at 03:00, turned around Dale Point and into dense fog with visibility a few boat lengths. I didn't see any coast line until approaching Ireland! I was quite close to land but had the comfort of GPS and radar and made a point of closely following the track I had on the plotter from when I entered last year, a favourite ploy of mine.
Radar watch in fog at night is usually a strain and concentrating on a small screen you have to watch out for sea sickness which on this occasion I just avoided until a belated Stugeron kicked in. I had a bit of a scare passing south of Skokholm when the collision alarm went off as the Irish Ferry came from astern at high speed, fortunately due to the possibility of over-falls I was rather further out so she went past less than a mile away, unseen except on Radar and AIS.
|Leaving Milford, once out of Dale the visibility varied from|
a few boat lengths to perhaps half a mile on occasion until off
of this pic.
|Crossing to Ireland|