|The effect of the west then east going stream|
can be seen in the first half of the track, later
tides were largely closer to the course, either
helping or adverse until past the TSS.
- Would require an initial long tack, probably a couple of hours which, with the tide heading strongly north would also take me a further 3 or 4 miles north, with the tide that would take an hour or twos sailing to recover.
- A second tack might later be required to clear the Seven Stones - that is not a place you want to be close to windward of in a strongish wind and a high sea.
- The wind might always change, admittedly either way.
Then the wind started to veer, initially to the west which would have meant a beat to the Scillies, fortunately it later went further, back to the NW of the previous day. With no ships coming down the lane I moved across to the western side of the lane and then headed for St Mary's keeping to leeward of the Seven Stones.
There were some very big steep fronted waves from the Seven Stones until in the shelter of the Islands, but they were well spaced and I was somewhat off the now stronger wind sailing with two reefs in the headsail and one in the main, and Sancerre gave me a reasonably comfortable ride.
|Approaching St Marys the sea now calm.|
|Approaching St Marys Pool and Hugh Town.|
There were lots of buoys available which surprised me - it was crammed when I was there a year previously to the day. I thought that it might be the wind direction that had put people off. At the time of writing (Late Saturday, the day after my arrival) there are still few boats in, perhaps that will change with easterly winds helping people get her from the south coast and from France (where the majority of the visitors normally come from, at least pre BREXIT and Covid).
125 miles in 28 hours 30 minutes for an average of 4.4 knots with the engine used for less than two hours getting out of Milford and into St Marys.