The tide was with us!

After much planning and deliberation about what time to leave to get the best tides we set off from Fowey at 0600.  We arrived at the Lizard just as the westward tide started and carried this right the way to Lands End to catch the north going tide for another 6 hours.  The tide was against us in the slack bit and then another huge boost from the tide had us surging past the Smalls and Tuscar Rock.  We were about to make the fastest trip to Dunlaoghaire so far, until the wind shifted and the final 12 hours were a beat in a typical Irish Sea gale.  Still arrived in Dunlaoghaire in time for an afternoon ashore in Dublin and a meal out.

Another huge boost from the tide gave us a fast trip up the Irish Sea to Campbeltown where we managed a trip to the distillery.   Yet another boost from the tide took us all the way from the Mull of Kintyre, into the sound of Islay and out the other end to  Loch Tarbert before it turned.

In all we gained 38 miles of help from the tide.  Great sunrises and sunsets added to the enjoyment as well as being accompanied by Dolphins.  In the north channel we were shadowed (radar target with no lights) for 4 hours, was it a submarine!  We’ll never know.

Ready for Norway now, the sun is shining and the wind is forecast to be with us for the first few days.  Great, now to work out the tide for the Kyles!

Cascais to UK via Spanish Rias

Dawn at Finisterre

If you look at the routing chart for the north Atlantic, which is based on 100 years of historical data it appears that to avoid headwinds the obvious way to go is head north west from Madeira  to the Azores, then jump on the westerly wind/gulf sream conveyor belt and sail downwind to Plymouth.  Longer but faster.  Not any more!

On our previous trip, due to weather we abandoned the Azores to go to Cascais instead, and had a great fast trip.  Sitting in Cascais I wondered if it would be a struggle north to Plymouth, but no, we had a great trip with plenty of exploring time in the Spanish Rias as well as completing an ocean passage and taking the required sights too. We constantly watched the weather and as the waves reached 12 metres mid Atlantic, congratulated ourselves on our choices

Getting ready now for the next adventure, Plymouth to Oban.