|Entering the Crinan Canal in 2021|
during my second solo round GB trip.
Some posts will be written in real time and some retrospectively so the tense will vary from post to post and sometimes within one, I do not generally "correct" this.
Some posts, in whole or in part, may have been posted on the Achilles Flickr site and / or on Facebook where I check in frequently so that people know where I am and my intentions. Posts on these sites are generally not updated.
A lot of the posts on seamanship, tips etc. were written in response to questions - mainly from owners new to keel boats - on the Achilles Flickr or for the Achilles Owners web sites both of which I became admin for in 2020, rebuilding the latter.
My current location can usually be found from my page "Where is Sancerre" (above).
Pictures, and particularly videos, may be limited or of poor quality until I get home when I can more easily photoshop them (primarily to make horizons horizontal) and create slide shows. If I post by email via Iridium there will be no pictures until I get back to civilisation.
The second and subsequent lines of the bar at the top of the blog page are links to threads of selected cruises, a full list of my cruises in Sancerre can be found in the Cruise Index (above).
Charts are variously screen shots from:
- SeaPro 3000 my general navigation program run on a laptop, connected to the boat systems but also with a u-blox76 GPS.
- Garmin ActiveCaptain on an iPad which shares charts, tracks etc. with the Garmin plotter.
- Admiralty or Antares charts displayed via the MemoryMap application on PC or iPad.
Pictures are by me unless otherwise stated.
Distances are in nautical miles (about 15% longer than statute miles) and usually "GPS" miles over the ground, distance through the water could be more or less depending on tides.
|A good time to be in shelter, the 46Kt|
wind when I turned the instruments
on is almost storm Force 10.
Wind speeds may be in knots or more often these days in Beaufort "Force". F6 is highlighted in the inshore water forecasts (UK & Ireland) with a "Strong Wind Warning" but it is best to assume that gusts will be one force or more higher than mentioned in forecasts.
Although I should be able to cope with much stronger winds (I carry heavy weather and storm jibs, have a deep storm reef for the mainsail and as a last resort can lie to a drogue), I will usually try to avoid sailing in F6, not so much because of the wind speed, but because of the resulting sea state that would likely be very uncomfortable. An exception might be in sheltered waters, going down wind or to avoid even stronger winds.
|Sheltering in Kinsale 2022, wind about F5 in sheltered water, earlier it had been F7-8.|
For non-sailors, the following is from The Royal Meteorological Society: