The first decision was where to pass through the offlaying banks, For Anglesey it would be best to go out north of Kish Bank but this required a move north away from preferable destinations further south and was also up tide so I headed south for the next gap between Codling and India Banks, with a calm sea and probably light winds the often turbulent water east of there was not going to be a problem and it left all options open. The wind was variable but I made good progress for 6 or 7 miles when the land breeze died to three knots and on went the engine, for a long time as the wind did not get any stronger.
Passing the South Codling Cardinal buoy at 06:00 I had to make a decision, I did not have updated weather maps but did have the shipping forecast which was not encouraging showing light and variable winds, so I decided to head towards Bardsey Sound at the north west corner of Cardigan Bay. There seemed no point in heading for Anglesey when Bardsey was a similar distance, I would like to explore that area, but force 7 winds were forecast and Milford Haven beckoned. On the other hand it was a long way to Milford and I did not want to motor all that way when there might be some wind the next day.
62 miles in eleven and a quarter hours.
|04:07 south of Dublin, still sailing.|
|No wind at 09:30 as I crossed the bows of a freighter southbound|
outside of the banks.
I made Bardsey sound just as the tide turned favourable so had a smooth ride through – the tide here can run at 6 knots and in windy conditions can be extremely dangerous.
|Approaching Bardsey Sound, Bardsey Island to Starboard.|
|Anchored in Aberdaron Bay, just east of the sound|