Thursday, June 29, 2023

2023 June 27th, Day 75 Brixham to Portland

I left at 04:45 for a good trip across Lyme Bay and was kept busy by a wind varying from WSW to SSW and from F2 to F4 and F5 passing the Shambles. 

Like the previous day I ran the engine to make the tide gate around the Bill and Shambles but for less than two hours in total on the 12 hour trip. 

Several boats not that far from me on the run in risked the inshore route in relatively benign conditions and a day before neaps but with a variable wind and potentially a lot coming, which it did shortly after they got round, I decided on the longer route outside of the Shambles but was still at anchor at 17:05.

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Almost home, another fairly quick trip with quite a few sail changes with the cruising Chute and Spinnaker going up and down several times as the wind changed. Then 20 knots to finish , probably appreciated by some of the wind surfers etc in the harbour. The tides are not that helpful for the rest of the way so I’ll be fighting them at least past St Albans.

Reaching with the 60 square metre spinnaker.
Another member of the RAFYC passing me in Minkie 
2 miles off Portland
Track around Portland.

54 miles in twelve and a quarter hours.

Click here for the final leg of this cruise.

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