25th July 2017 – Back across the Channel

  • Start position – St. Peter Port
  • Start time – 06:00
  • Start engine hrs – 695.5
  • Towards – Dartmouth
  • ETA –  20:00
  • Finish position –   Dartmouth
  • Finish time – 21:20
  • Finish engine hrs – 708.4
  • Distance travelled – 77nm
  • Skipper – Richard
  • Crew – Louise,
  • Weather – NNW2-3, W2-4, sun
  • Tide – HW Dover 13:20
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  • New faults – iPad charging cable not working

We flew back to Guernsey yesterday. Just 4hrs from house to boat. We’ve decided to go back around the South side of Guernsey to make the most of the tides. We’re up at dawn and ready to go at 06:00. Hoisting the mainsail everything looks good in terms of gaff, sail and putting it all back together correctly. We’re motor sailing, making the expected slow progress against the tide once round St. Martin’s Point. The 2 knot head tide steadily decreases, but it’s distinctly lumpy. By the time we pass Les Hanois at 09:00, R is leaning over the side and L takes over helming. Around 11:30 the wind backs to the West as forecast, staying light. We keep motoring throughout the day, on a flat English Channel. The shipping channels come and go without event and by 16:45 we finally get to stop the engine as the wind freshens.

We get a good reach on flat water in the afternoon sunshine. As we close on land it looks like we can just get in before dark. Dolphins greet us crossing the setting sun as we start to pack up. Then it’s into the River Dart and onto a mid-river pontoon. It’s been a long, but uneventful day.

The ‘South b’Sou’West’ fleet are nearby in Brixham.

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