The trip from Youghal was tedious, damp and unpleasant, the (short) night at Dunmore was worse.
The plan was to head for Waterford or one of the anchorages on the 10 mile long estuary leading there. I set off in overcast damp weather with little wind, after a couple of hours sailing the wind failed completely and I ended up motoring the rest of the way in a choppy sea.,
Drizzle was followed by bright sun but with a shallow fog giving variable visibility, generally half to one mile but it closed to a few boat lengths as I approached Dumore East and the entrance to the estuary, dodging a lot of pot buoys. Travelling up it in thick fog was not attractive so I headed for a small anchorage next to the Dunmore East harbour.
|Youghal to Dunmore East.|
|Dunmore E harbour from the anchorage after the fog dissipated|
and a calm sea - almost.
I motored out of Dunmore for a couple of miles, another mile would have been useful to clear Hook Head and associated over-falls but with pots about and the night being very dark I changed to sail in light winds. These picked up through the night and I had a good sail reaching right across St Georges Channel.
|Daybreak heading out across St Georges Channel with the Cruising|
Chute, that came down at 9:45 as the wind increased and I went on
with "all plain sail" making 5 - 6 knots.
|Grassholm c 12 mile ENE of Milford, it has the only Gannet|
colony in Wales and the 3rd largest in UK. The smell down
wind was not pleasant, fortunately I was making 5 knots through
the water and 7 over the ground so it didn't last long.
|The boat swinging to the NW with the SE wind before heading |
back east. (the track to the SE was a glitch when I was reloading