Facebook Posts as I crossed St Brides Bay:
"1. A long motor around from Fishguard in reasonable weather but no wind for the first 20 miles then headwinds in a relatively narrow passages so not worth trying to sail. now hot and humid with rain spots. Quite interesting through Ramsey Sound otherwise everything was very straight forward .
No idea what I’ll do next, going along the Welsh coast could put me into a worse position when wind arrives and the N Devon coast is a long way away in likely conditions.
2. Lundy might be an option Sunday or Monday, and it has been on the bucket list for a long time."
Given the likely conditions I decided to use the Ramsey Sound avoiding a long trip outside of Ramsey Island and the off lying "Bishop and Clerks" but to avoid Jack Sound by a shorter diversion outside of Skomer.
To get fair tide through Ramsey Sound and through to Milford I had to leave at 04:20 and fight the adverse tide past Strumble Head, which was stronger than anticipated.
|Strumble Head still flashing at 05:30|
|Entering the sound at 09:00 on a very grey day.|
|About half way through approaching "The Bitches", the narrowest|
point in the Sound, tides can run at 6 knots through the Sound
with eddies and over-falls.
Whilst in the area the Angle lifeboat (actually a relief boat - I later saw the normal one off "The Lizard" getting involved in another rescue, more of which later), the first was to a sailing boat with a failed engine and no wind, the second, as I was leaving, was a medivac from the paddle steamer Waverley.
40 miles in 9 hours