Poole to Weymouth:
We had a civilised start time from the club this time... no need to russh about bleary eyed. Actually heading west is alway easier as there is always plenty of water in the harbour. I had loaded most of my stuff onto Ciao Bella the evening before so it was just Johns kit to get out there. We dropped the mooring around 0930 and circled a bit while Lapwing got his sails up. This gave John a chance to re acquaint himself with Ciao Bella.
Sunday 17th July
We had a civilised start to the day with all the small boats setting off roughly at the same time. We had a bit of a faff before even getting to Portland, Pauls engine was playing up a bit. I jumped across to have a look. I thought we'd got it sorted but it didn't last long. It had some kind of a fuelling problem. Would run ok on the internal tank but not on the large remote tank.
|Spindrift and Intrim on route to Plymouth|
The only way we'd get across the bay in reasonable time was to motorsail, it didn't need many revs, just enough to give us an extra nudge.
Monday 18th July
Tuesday 19th July
We left kingswear quite early to make our way around to Salcombe. It was much rougher out in Start bay than we had at first anticipated. We made our way along the coast towards Start point. The plan was to drop anchor somewhere to have breakfast but it was just too lumpy.
Approaching Start point is the scene of a man made tragedy, Hallsands was a busy fishing village which, due to dredging further out to sea, got washed away.
Click here to read more about Hallsands.
We rounded Start point very close in. It was very rough but only for a very short while so worth staying in close. The overfalls were only about 20 or 30 yards wide here.
Wednesday 20th July
After a good night in Salcombe we started to make our way back East again. We wanted to try to get to different ports on the way back to give us some variety.
Our main target was Teignmouth with Torquay as a back up plan. We made really good progress, flying round Start point and across Start bay.
|The Skerries bank mark with the Dartmouth day mark in the back ground.|
|Big Jelly fish|
Although there was room for us both to be along side the harbour master has asked us to raft up in case a mooring holder came in over night. Teignmouth was an interesting town, pretty busy with all kinds of water activity going on.. Swimming, paddle boards, kayaks, jet skis, motor boats, rowing boats dinghys and sailing boats.
There was even a proper ship in the harbour which amazed me as the entrance didn't seem big enough. I cooked onboard while John and Paul went into town. I met them later and went to some decidedly iffy pubs. John got propositioned by a lovely lady who wanted to take him back to her flat to show him the tide tables.. he turned it down in favour of a night on Ciao Bella :)
Thursday 21st July
Getting out of Teignmouth was even more interesting than coming in. A lot of engine was required to push us through the race. Our next target was West Bay (Bridport). Not too far but we'd not been in here before.
Friday 22nd July
Saturday 23rd July
Well what can I say.. Our departure time from Weymouth was early morning. Visibility within the harbour was not too good but once out of the harbour it was pea soup. Almost immediately I got disorientated, not a nice feeling. Back on track and we followed the compass on a 100 degree course, straining our eyes and ears. We hoped the fog would burn off with the sun but it stuck with us all the way past St Aldhelms head.
As the fog lifted the madness of the first summer holiday weekend was upon us. Streams of motor boats churning up the water and paying absolutely no regard to us small sailing boats. I'm just glad that we didn't meet any of them in the fog.