Leaving at 04:40 I had the engine off as I left the harbour for a good sail towards St Albans under the Cruising Chute in a reasonable WSW wind of around 11 knots, it dropped for a while so the engine went on for a couple of hours to get past St Albans to Anvil Point, the wind then came back and I sailed on to North Head where the tide changes favourable a little earlier than in the Needles Channel, as it happened I could have used either as I was a bit slower than hoped for - another boat went the other route and we took about the same time.
Powering along the North Channel towards Hurst. I had taken the main down before reaching N. Head buoy in case the wind increased (it did) and to avoid gybing it around Hurst Point, the next video will show why. As the wind increased I was motor sailing for safety with a reefed jib and going very quickly with the tide under me.
Rounding Hurst Point (it comes into focus after a few seconds).As soon as I was clear of Hurst Narrows the wind dropped and I shook out the reef and turned off the engine for a pleasant run up the Solent in lovely weather only to be hit by a F6 wind off Calshot, I certainly couldn't get onto the mooring in that but it moderated as I passed Hamble Point Buoy.
I had to slow down for the Yarmouth to Lymington Ferry.|
There is not a lot of room between the "protected" shipping lanein the Thorn Channel and shallow water.
55 miles in twelve and a quarter hours.
Apart from getting rained on whilst escaping the boat, the trip home on Thursday the 29th was very lucky. The bus to Southampton was a little late due to road works but I made the train to Oxford with 3 minutes to spare without rushing on the walk to the station, that train was a little early into Oxford so I was able to walk straight onto a train to Bicester rather than, as has happened on every previous occasion, watching it disappear into the distance and waiting 30 or 40 minutes for the next. If the mainline train had not been as crowded (people standing much of the way) it would even have been quite a pleasant journey.
The first trip to unload and clean up was delayed until the following week as it would be manic over the weekend due to the Round the Island race.
Some stats for this trip:
421 hours at sea.
1,885 nautical miles (2,173 Statute Miles) over the ground.
54 stops (some at the same place outbound and inbound).
22 places visited for the first time
11 days weather bound (much better than the last few years).
41 nights at anchor.
Summary 2017 - July 2023:
Includes some estimates of day sailing in 2017 & 2018 but the total GPS miles is the same as that recorded by the instruments. Excludes days on board when at the "home" marina or mooring.
Hrs at Sea
GPS N Miles
GPS S Miles
Initially I saw very little but things changed big time once I was west of Mull and there was plenty to see most of the the way home:
Whales:Multiple sightings of Minke whales in:
one in The Firth of Lorn and two north of Islay.
Orca pod in the Sea of the Hebrides.
Beluga off Newlyn
The Skerries IRB on a shout to a vehicle off a harbour wall.
The Dublin IRB iirc to a paddle boarder.
The Angle relief AWB to a disabled yacht.
The Angle relief AWB to the PS Waverly for a med-evac.
The Penlee AWB to a diver with the bends.
The Lizard AWB saving a fisherman from the water assisted by the Angle AWB.