In nice conditions I had the sails up as soon as the mooring lines and fenders were stowed and sailed all the way past the entrance to Carlingford Loch before putting the engine to go the last five miles into the bay. Most of the leg was on a dead run, the wind changing as I had to change course, and I sailed goose winged without the pole for much of the way.
The forecast was for thundery showers and gusty winds so I did not risk the spinnaker and in any case was making good speed. I was fortunate and only caught two of the numerous squalls about, the first was vicious with torrential rain and well over 20 knots, I had seen it coming and had one reef in the main ready, and as it hit I went straight to 2 reefs in the headsail and mainsail, the two line slab reefing and the furling headsail making that a very quick process, only 2 or 3 minutes and done from the cockpit.
|The first squall approaching.|
64 miles in under 13 hours.