17 May - passage from the Azores to Gosport - the last leg

Escapade of Rame
Richard & Julie Farrington
Fri 17 May 2019 11:15
50:28N  2:41.5W
After a fine evening at anchor off St Mawes, watching some local yachts enjoying an evening race, eating dinner and then taking in a movie (‘Lincoln’ with Daniel Day-Lewis and some surprising parallels with current politics) we sailed for Gosport at 2330.  We were expecting to motor the whole way and so far, with Portland Bill just appearing in the gloom, that’s what’s happening.  If we had decided to sail, we would be halfway across the Channel by now enroute the Channel Islands, but with the wind due to back and drop further overnight, we would still end up motoring the last bit.  This way, we should be into the Solent early this evening and hope to be alongside at Hornet Services Sailing Club before midnight.
Julie and I departed Gosport on 13 May 2017 and have had two unforgettable years sailing the Atlantic coasts of Europe, North America and the Caribbean.  We have been privileged to meet hundreds of remarkable yet perfectly ordinary people along the way and seen Nature at its most majestic, together with many beautiful places and things.
We started this Blog to keep our immediate family reassured that we were still alive!  It’s taken on a bit of a life of its own since then and I gather has attracted some additional readers along the way (although the awfully nice people at Mailasail are either unable or unwilling to tell me how many). I plan to keep it running, initially to record our return to UK, then to reflect on related equipment, planning and sailing issues that might help other people inspired to follow a similar path. 
I hope you will continue to browse these pages from time to time!
Morale onboard is ridiculously high and we have no new defects!
Richard, Dave and Peter