37:19.45N 23:08.81E Porto Heli

Ariel of Hamble
Jim and Valerie SHURVELL
Thu 9 May 2019 23:47

Tuesday 7th May, 2019.

The wind didn’t stop until 12 so Jim fitted the new

electric pump and I put away all the bags with paint

brushes, rubbing down paper which we only use on

getting Ariel ready for the water.

As soon as we realised we had a window of time before

the afternoon breeze kicked in we were pulling up the

anchor and making for the entrance.

Once out past the private island we could see the wind

from the north west was already beginning to blow and

the sea was rough but we were determined to get down

to Porto Heli so to get our sailing log stamped before

the date due.

We were very lucky to see a shoal of tuna of about 25

swim very close to the boat as we made our way to the

first headland. Our attention had been at first to notice a

large group of birds diving into the water and then we

saw the tuna swimming past.  This was a first for us.

As soon as we got around the headland we tried out our

new genoa flying about half of it to steady the boat. At

times we had anything up to 25 knots of wind behind

us. We flew down to the entrance to Porto Heli which is

8.67 nm in about 2 hours after a quite thrilling sail.  It

was not a day for the faint hearted!