Arrived in Penzance last night after a journey of
175 miles from Kinsale in Ireland. It took 30 hours at an average of 5.5 knts.
We took a bit of a flyer regarding the weather hoping to miss the Gales. It
worked out well apart from the first 12 hours where we experienced 45 knots of
wind and 4 metre swell. Easy meat for Dances!
Had to moor up outside harbour to catch the gates
to the harbour at high tide.
Its a pity we didnt have more time for Ireland. Its
such a lovely place and the people are so friendly but weve run out of time and
must look to tracking back to Shoreham.
They have all sorts of celebrations here in
Penzance. Apparently its Mazy Day?
Pam has an interesting story to tell so keep
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Sent: Thursday, June 07, 2012 2:58
Subject: Re: Fw:50:20:66N 03:33:96W
Left Honfluer 10.30am Wednesday to sail to
dartmouth 165 miles away.There is a rather nasty blow forcasted for
late wednesday night so we have 36 hours to get to dartmouth. Good
Swesterlies get us off to a excellent start start and our planned
arrival just north of Cherbourg to pick up the favourable tides are scuppered!
we arrive in 9 hours and have 3 hours of strong tide against us as well as an
unfavourable wind. Andy shouts out we are going backwards so we head North to
get some boat movement.
The tide turns and off we go again with a more
southerly wind. By 3pm the wind has increased to 30+ knots and we are bombing
along with the speed showing 10.6knots. Frank and my shift sees a distance of
18 miles in two hours. A record for Dances.
Of course fate soon has its turn and Kate shouts
up that the rough waves are banging the anchor against the Bow and water is
streaming through the chain locker into the cabin. I said not too worry as
this is a common problem in rough weather. However to put her mind to rest i
strapped on and proceeded up to the Bow to inspect the anchor. I couldnt see
any damage and everything was secure but i found out later that kate thought i
was going to be swept over board and it would be all her fault. Bless
32 hours after leaving Honfluer we arrived just
outside of dartmouth with 34 knots of wind so we were glad to be rriving ahead
of the really strong winds.
Looks like we will be hole up in Dartmouth for
friday and saturday.