Force 6 winds had disappeared from the forecasts the previous evening and I left at 05:40 with light winds increasing to fresh as I approached Start Point, it was then mainly NNW F4/5 until I was south of Portland but varying from N to NW so I was frequently changing sail, varying from two reefs in both sails to one reef in the main and full headsail, it is a good job both systems work without too much effort!
|A 400 metre container ship east of Start Point heading towards|
Brixham to pick up a Pilot, one of her sister ships was heading
to the same point from Portland.
The wind increased but I did not want to lose speed whilst I reefed so pressed on rather overpowered but making good speed. Ducking behind was of course an option but it was a big ship and a way off. In the event I crossed her bow by over 2 miles and she passed a mile astern of me.
|Track from Salcombe to Portland, I went well south so that when|
I headed up the tide would not push me into the notorious Portland Race.