Early-ish in the morning we left Lulworth Cove and motored
close inshore past Durdle Door, Stair Hole and other famous geological bits of
the Jurassic Coast. The sails went up and we made a
good speed along the east side of Portland Bill. Rounding the tip of Portland
Bill, westerly winds stopped us making much progress across Lyme Bay
without another helping hand from the engine. As evening fell we slipped into
the River Dart where there the very busy Royal Dartmouth Regatta was underway
and got probably the last berth on the river at the ridiculously expensive Dart
Marina. Ate on the boat and watched a very good firework display over the river
from the deck. Strolled into town and joined the crowd for a few more beers.
Lori Evans, who is planning to join Graptolite in Portugal, had
been racing at the regatta during the day and is expected to come for a short
sail with us tomorrow.