|Easy to see where and why the engine went on|
Hi Paul, change of plan, Going to drop the hook in Chapmans pool. V calm out here today.
Almost immediately the skies darkened and within a space of 10 or 15 minutes a squall hit us, a thin line of heavy black clouds, stretch south and moving quickly east dumped on us. I continued with the plan and took the inner passage past St Aldhelm head, with, the now stronger, wind over tide it was quite lumpy and the bow went under two or three times. Fortunately it was only about a hundred yards so we were soon through, I knew then that the right thing for Paul to do was take the outer passage, which is what I should have done.
The wind stayed around F4/5 on the nose for the rest of the day with occasional rain to brighten our day. This was the second weekend on the trot were I'd found myself beating into a strong head wind, contrary to the weather reports... Humph!
|This made me smile, John and Michele on Whisper had made it to Portland AND climbed the rock while we were still bashing into waves around Lulworth... Picture blatantly stolen from Johns FB page ;p|
We eventually tied in Portland Marina around 7pm.. That's a long day to cover a small distance. Still, we were early enough to grab some food and a well deserved pint or five at the Cove House Inn :)
|photo borrowed from Cove House website.|
Sunday 24th Aug
My alarm went off at 0530 and I got up straight away.. Snoozing would be a bad idea. Ablutions done and boat readied we got away around 0630. The forecast was as accurate as ever, ie wrong, and we motored away from Portland hoping for the wind to fill in as the day progressed
|Lapwing heading east towards St Aldhelms|
|Still motoring under the watchful gaze of the Coastguard station.|
The brief for our visit to Swanage was: Food, Ice-cream, drugs (for headaches, backache etc... we're getting old and worn out now) and a gift for Pauls two year old lad.
So several hours later feeling full, ache free and with a 9 piece jigsaw we made the treacherous journey back to the boats.
|At last, able to sail out of Swanage.|
On saturday, John and Michele weren't sure what their plans would be but they took Whisper West towards Dartmouth. I wish I could just keep sailing... Work gets in the way.