I weighed anchor at 04:30 to get to the Bill as the tidal gate opened, initially I thought there were only two of us taking the inshore route but as I left the Bill there were a lot of boats following behind, either they preferred an hour or two more in bed or they had spent the night in Weymouth and were delayed waiting for the bridge to open.
|Portland prison in the early morning light.|
|Approaching the Bill|
|My track through the inshore route.|
|A lobster Pot Buoy c 80 yards off the Bill and another much closer in,|
these would likely be underwater in an hour or two as the tide increases.
Note the rock awash in line with the hanging rock, left. The Obelisk
is there to mark them.
|Crossing Lyme Bay with my 60 sq metre|
symmetrical spinnaker during a lull in the wind.
I had a fairly quick passage in variable winds that kept me busy sail changing and trimming with some light relief......
Dolphins doing what dolphins do approaching Start Point.
|Approaching Start Point, often referred to as THE Start, as it|
often was the last bit of English land seen on a voyage in a
Shortly after the picture was taken the wind disappeared and I started the engine to get to Hope Cove, the first anchorage sheltered from the easterly winds west of West Bay (Portland) and in the days of sail often packed with ships, up to 80 being quoted in one source, waiting for a fair wind up channel.
68 miles over the ground in 13.5 hours.
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