After beating our way up to the Isle of Scilly on the south west coast of
the UK without much progress, we decided to motor against the wind during
the night. the wind is now decreasing and we are now motor sailing towards
Plymouth. This is sooo relaxed after days of upwind sailing...We can finally
walk around the boat again without being thrown around (again).
As a joke, which is not funny, we estimated our beating time versus more
relaxed sailing on this ocean crossing. We concluded that 70% of the time,
we were runningbagainst wind and waves and any favorable conndition. That is
almost non stop 3 weeks of beating. Who expected that to happen, what are
the odds...was that in the borchure? During my ocean theory I was told about
high pressure systems etc...never seen one untill we now reach the UK. But
here it doesn't help us!!! Luckily enough I have taken this trip for the
experience and an experience it is/was.
About the final miles of the trip. It is another 270 miles to the Needles.
ETA in Cowes is somewhere on Friday afternoon. We will have a short stopover
in Plymouth to take in diesel for the last stretch of ~150 miles to Cowes.
I, Roy, will stay in Plymouth to make sure I catch a plane to stockholm on
Friday. Flavio and Paul have the honours
to arrive in Cowes. We will catch up with the beer later this summer!
Tomorrow the last blog update for this trip. For now, we are going to enjoy
our view from the boat as long as it lasts with the UK on the horizon today