Friday, 25 April 2008

Final Sail for April.

Managed to get a quick day sail in this week on Wednesday 23rd April. With no crew, the weather had to be pretty good to contemplate going out, and the forecast was favourable. The main concerns were coming back in to the creek in the dark, locating where the split ring I had found on the deck on the previous trip suddenly manifesting itself and generally falling overboard. The clevis pin where the split ring had come from was located as being the backstay! Nothing important then.
Leaving Notts at 0430am and driving through fog, I made it to the boat for about 0630am and after loading the new cushions on an a bit of grub, cast off around 07.30am in to quite decent weather. F2. SSW. Sunny. It was a slow drag up to Skeg. with a SSE-SW fluky wind, but once past Skeg. the wind picked up a little, though the visibility dropped to just over 500yrds. Ian (Challenge) motored past on the way up the coast. With no intention of going too far up the coast due to the likely drop in the wind I reached to and from Chapel Point and the yellow nav. mark off Ingoldmells Point. Having got bored of this I decided to anchor off the Pier at Skeg. and await for the favourable tide to set in. Anchoring in 7m of water the rain came and went and the tide turned after. Waiting til around 1700pm I weighed anchor and made course back in to Wainfleet Roads to anchor off the Creek. At 1900pm, it was a remarkably uneventful trip into the channel and a spot on return to the mooring. All packed up and driving off by 2015pm. Next trip out 5-7 May. Wells here we come!
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