Eyemouth to Amble

Juniper sailing round GB
Gordon and Catherine
Wed 10 Aug 2011 21:03

55:20.16N 01:35.06W ‘I am sailing, I am sailing, home again cross the sea’ – YES, we’re back in England so really homeward bound now.  We left at 0815 and led a little group of yachts out of the harbour.  It’s quite tricky outside Eyemouth with plenty of rocks to concentrate the mind, but we’re quickly heading south - straight into a strong wind in a direction contrary to the forecast.  It’s dead on the nose so we have to accept we will make little progress for the first couple of hours whilst the tide is against us.  The journey takes us past Lindisfarne and the Farne Islands, an area I was looking forward to sailing, but it’s grey, raining and the seas are building so it turns into another day of slog.  One highlight is that La Mouette chooses to stay with us and it’s great to have company along the way.  These are familiar waters for her so it’s comforting to have her alongside, especially as the wind and sea rise, and we end up having to put away the headsail as the wind gusts over 40 mph.  It’s wonderful to come into more settled waters as we enter Amble marina.