29th July – Dartmouth to Plymouth

  • Start position – Dartmouth
  • Start time – 04:00
  • Start engine hrs – 710.0
  • Towards – Plymouth
  • ETA –
  • Finish position – Plymouth
  • Finish time – 12:55
  • Finish engine hrs – 716.3
  • Distance travelled – 2nm
  • Skipper – Richard
  • Crew – Louise
  • Weather – SW3-2 rain,
  • Sunrise 05:38
  • Tide – LW Dartmouth 04:40, 0.9m
  • New faults – Bent dinghy rowlock

The alarm goes off at 03:00. We rigged the bowsprit and furled jib last night, so there’s not much to do. It’s calm and clear on the pontoon, so we hoist the main with Ursa Major overhead before casting off. As we motor off into the darkness ‘Gwenili’ and ‘Swift’ follow. There’s also movement on ‘Betty II’, so they won’t be far behind. ‘Moon River’ has already gone. The leading lights work well in reverse, along with a couple of fishing boats lighting the way.

As dawn breaks we see another gaffer, not far ahead. We’re soon level with ‘Minx’, who left before us. Then it’s time for some sailing and a beautiful sun-rise as we approach Start Point. We stand out South, before tacking and can then lay a course towards Plymouth. The wind is dying, so it’s back to motor-sailing. By around 09:30 the rain has caught us, but it’s not cold. There’s a steady stream of yachts having an easier time going in the opposite direction.

Arriving at Plymouth Yacht Haven we find not only ‘Moon River’, but ‘Betty II’ ahead of us. They stayed close to start point and motored around. Lunch and a quiet afternoon, before supper at the Mount Batten Centre, organised by the SW OGA, who have laid on a regatta for us. There are several local boats there too.

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