We're off! 050.35N 001.45W

Island Wanderer
Peter and Avril Brookes
Sat 10 Jul 2010 10:33
We left our mooring on the River Hamble at 7.30 am after being joined by final crew member, Derek, who is Avril's brother. With very little wind we have just cleared the Needles under engine, but fog surrounds us and we cannot see land at all. The sea state is calm and we are all looking forward to the journey. The forecast is good and although the fog has brought damp air, it is reasonably warm. It seems strange to be leaving our UK berth for the foreseeable future! As I write, the fog is lifting and the sun is attempting to shine. We have about 177nm to Ushant off the coast of France, and then 340nm across Biscay to La Coruna. We don't intend to stop en route unless we have to. Everyone is in good spirits and our next major decision will be what to have for lunch!

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