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Fri 24th July. Good to go. Depart SYH in the small hours, nothing changes! But forecast is dire for later in the day.
A mix of sail & motor sailing to maintain speed. A flash of fins as we pass between the
turbines of the London Array windfarm. A
very grey day as we cross the
Unusually we didn’t have to dodge ferries entering
Sat 25th July.
Walk to the top of the breezy White Cliffs while waiting for the tide to
turn in our favour - amazing visibility with views to
Then a lunchtime start for Eastbourne, windy so sailing just genny at first, then plus reefed main, & as we rounded Dungeness the wind increased & went on the nose (not forecast) with a very rough ‘stopping’ sea so the engine went on, & we made Eastbourne by mid evening. 40 nm.
From sunday (26th) to wednesday (29th) July the wind howled. Sunday it rained all day & we got drenched going to the far end of the marina for tea with some fellow HPYC sailors. Still it made for a convivial afternoon on a grey day.
Monday - some boat chores & restock the larder.
Tuesday (brighter, but still windy) Cycled inland to Mickleham Priory near Hailsham through rolling countryside using cycle routes NCN21 & Cuckoo Trail(NCN2).
A very pretty & mellow house & grounds. Then back via a slightly different route
Wednesday (still windy) The Dotto train along the seafront, then walk to
Thur 30th July.
A prompt start out of the lock, & full sail along the coast. A brief
spell motoring when the wind went light off
The lights were on on the pier & along the Prom.
A peaceful night.
Surprising that so close to the
Fri 31st Aug.
A motoring trip as winds light & on nose. St Catherine’s point abeam mid morning &
nice views along the I.O.W. coast. Early
afternoon we rounded St Aubin’s Head, (complete with overfalls) & where
boats seem to converge. About an hour
later we anchored at
The beach was busier than we have seen it before with a couple of youth groups as well as some families in residence, most departed about tea time. Very few were swimming, probably deterred as we were, by the presence of some very large jellyfish – about 18 inches long.
We had a very lazy evening in very pleasant surroundings.
Sat 1st Aug. A prompt departure, motoring past Lulworth Cove, Man O’ War Cove & Durdle Dor across the bay (more jellyfish) to Portland Marina. 12.4 nm.
Once tied up & sustained by a pub lunch we set off to
walk the coast path around Portland Bill.
A very steep climb to start, but terrific views back over Chesil beach
Sun 2nd Aug.
A relaxed departure from
Doug has friends in the area & they opted to come over for drinks & a chinwag that evening. We charged out for fish & chips & were back when they arrived – a very pleasant evening, thanks Roger & Heather.
Mon 3rd Aug.
A “chores” morning – shopping, laundry etc. Then Roger arrived to join us for a walk up
the coast path to the fort at
Tues 4th Aug.
A mid morning departure from a breezy gusty Brixham, with just the genny unfurled. As we rounded Berry Head the wind increased
& came on the nose so we furled the genny & motored. It was a frisky motor with rough seas &
wind F6/7 & gusting. It became
calmer as we turned the corner into the river Dart’s entrance. We headed upriver through
A relaxed afternoon watching the world & wildlife.
Wed (5th Aug) we took the dinghy across the river to Greenways – Agatha Christie’s home – now in the care of the National Trust. The grounds, bordering the river edge, provide diverse walking from formal gardens to hilly wooded terrain. The house itself is full of all sorts of collections made by A.C. herself & various relatives.
We then recrossed the river for lunch in a Dittisham pub. A group arrived on the beach in a landing craft, & the cabaret was on. By the time they had got to the pub (max 2 mins) everybody in there could see that the tide was falling & the group were stuck. When realisation dawned on the group of mariners there were various abortive efforts to refloat the craft, all without avail, & to general amusement. We saw them late evening passing our mooring & to add insult to injury it was raining by then!
Thur 6th Aug.
A relaxed start down river & through
As usual we used
Fri 7th Aug.
After restocking the larder, fuel & water tanks it was almost midday
before we left
A nice evening, yachts coming & going, people on the beach enjoying the sunshine.
Later a single arc of rainbow formed across the river starting with part of the arc on either shore – very curious & beautiful - & no rain with it.
Sat 8th Aug.
A very starry night (4 am), as we depart the