Anchored last night Poole, tonight Lymington.
Double Genoa faired well.
Bound Hayling Island tomorrow.
We departed Beer Anchorage on the 20th July Bound for Portland Marina, very warm welcome from resident who helped get us into the allocated Berth. The hospitality continued from the Marina Staff who could not be more helpful.
Co-Op was a miles walk for stores … but there was a nice pub which served good food – ‘The Cove Inn’ oh and of course good cider !
The challenge of rounding Portland Bill passed without event – though the weather was very settled
Whilst this is the longest time we have had to cruise, the time seems to be passing too fast !
We are bound for Pool Bay tomorrow, so another walk for some stores.
So after the Dophines we anchored in Cawsand Bay, and felt safe with the Warships standing guard.
From Plymouth we made our way onto Torquay, the wind forcast did not come until much later in the day, and on reflection we should of found some where to anchor on route rather than rushing for the hot shower (and pint). We arrived safely and were all tied up at 21.15 – in MDL marina (expensive half of the dock – but showers were nice.) We were also in company of David Dimblbey (Yacht Rocket).
The night life was good in Torquay and we enjoyed some good weather though strong winds prevented us from leaving until the 19th when we made our way to Anstey’s cove.
So we are currently at anchor with fingers crossed for the forecast off shore light winds to allow for a good nights sleep before pressing on to the next anchorage just off Beer Head.
Every so often one wonders why you get up at 5.00 in the morning to catch the tide, then crawl on your hands and knees reefing sails to stay safe … then your efforts are rewarded – we were escorted into Plymouth by a shoal of common Dolphins which swept past the boat with elegance and speed which could only be admired and envied …………
We arrived safely in L’Aber Wrach on the 30th June at about 19.00 hours, with memories of the helpfull harbour master of St. Peters Port who gave us a tow out with his dinghy as we were surrounded by very expensive large boats with both wind and tide pinning us agains the pontoon.
We made our way up the river using the leading marks which we found hard to spot, and it was a reminder you should not become dependant on the electronic devices. When the leading marks were seen close up ashore it was difficult to understand why they were hard to spot!
We took a moorinig buoy rather than negotiate the marina which looked pretty full with boats rafting up. We kept a careful eye on the weather as the pilot book sugested they buoys were too close together.
The outboard refused to start which was disappointinig since it had been stripped down over winter and cleaned up. There was nothing for it …. we would row. The outward bound trip to the marina was fine wind and tide with us. Coming back was another story and great incentive to fix the outboard. The fuel was changed the instuction book consulted and hey presto it started first time with claps from surounding boats.
The sunsets were lovely and the water peaceful:
It should be noted that some of the navigation buoys are actually on rock and so these need to be taken with great care – no room for error !
All the pilots make reference to a long walk to the supermarket, but the quest to find cheap wine gave us motivation. In fact it is not that far a walk up a hill and it is easy to find and you are rewarded with a nice bar as well !
We met a nice couple Debbie and David from Torquay, yacht Lacerta – and hope there house move will eventually go through.
The big question was where shall we go after here – the great temptation was to sail on to Camaret, as from there we could make a passage direct to Spain across the bay of Biscay. However it was now the beginning of July and there were some strong Northerly winds forecast – the worry was it had taken over a month for us to get this far – there was no doubt we could get to Spain but could we return without finding it was going to be a rush back. We reminded ourselves we were on this adventure to enjoy our selves and not meet an objective to be assessed by others, and with that we opted to sail to Falmouth so we could explore more of our coast line.
We departed L’Aber Wrac’h on the 6th July with fair winds forecast, and arrived in Falmouth some 24 hours later. The number of white Ensigns characterised Gurnsey, the warm welcome and friendly people of L’Aber Wrac’h stick firmly in our minds as there was barely a nod from some of the English in Falmouth.
Having got the hang of picking up a buoy we opted again for a buoy in Falmouth and were pleased we did when we found boats rafted three deep on the visitors pontoons. We did make a mental note that some had actually anchored – though there were signs to remind all mooring methods would incur berthing fees – we were definitely back on the south coast of England. The fees were not too bad for us – twenty pounds per night.
After a few hours sleep for the Skipper we headed for shore to sample the cider !