14th June 2017 – Passage to Falmouth

  • Start position – The Elephant Boatyard
  • Start time – 09:10, 14/6/17
  • Start engine hrs – 648.6
  • Towards – Falmouth
  • ETA –  14:00, 15/6/17
  • Finish position – Falmouth Haven
  • Finish time – 13:30, 15/6/17
  • Finish engine hrs – 675.7
  • Distance travelled – 161nm
  • Skipper – Richard
  • Crew – Louise
  • Weather – SE1-3 veering W4 on Thursday
  • Tide – HW Portsmouth – 15:30, 03:30
    • HW Dover – 14:40, 03:00, 15:20, 03:40
    • np->sp 50%
  • New faults – Slight smoke from engine

We leave home early for our longest passage to date and leave the dock just after 9am. From Calshot to Beaulieu we get a few minutes of fast reaching, then the wind drops and the engine is on as we buck the flood tide to get the first of the ebb at Hurst. We get a few more minutes sailing off Totland, but apart from that we’re motoring all the way. We’re running the engine a little faster than usual, around 2100RPM. It’s a light Easterly all afternoon and we decide to start watch keeping early to make sure that we’re comfortable. We make good progress, riding the tide on flat water to pass Portland Bill by 18:15.

L keeps us well fed, with pasties for lunch (we are heading for Cornwall) and shepard’s pie for supper. Then it’s 2 hours on and 2 hours off for the night. It’s a clear night, with the moon rising behind us after midnight. By 03:00 we’re passing Start Point and the wind is round in the South and continuing West. By 03:30 The sky is already lightening behind Start Point. We head straight for Falmouth and the swell starts to build against us as the Westerly wind builds to F3-4. Now it’s a long slow slog passing South of the Eddystone Lighthouse as hope of an early arrival fades. It’s 12:00 as we close on St. Anthony Head. We call up Falmouth Classics and it’s 13:30 as we become the 4th boat out on a raft at Falmouth Haven. A long, but uneventful passage.The watch system worked snd 3hrs on/off would be an option next time.

Classics of assorted shapes and sizes are gathering. By the time we’ve had lunch and cleaned up it’s time for free beer and pasties on the pontoon. We don’t last very long.

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