The sample itineraries on all of our trips are written well in advance, and the actual trip is similar but subject to weather. That can be staying in port longer at the beginning because of gales, arriving in the end port earlier because of gales or altering the route to suit future predicted wind directions.
This trip – instead of spending 2 days sailing first to Fowey and then to Falmouth, the weather forecast ‘spoke to us’ and said – sail across the Channel now before the southerlies arrive and then you will have time for a nice day exploring in Camaret!
We left Plymouth on a lively beam reach with a forecast of NW5-6 decreasing 2 or 3. No-one mentioned 7’s and little gusts of 8, but they were there along with the rain squalls.
Velvet Lady got the bit firmly between her teeth and led our new crew along at an impressive 8 or 9 knots. It didn’t seem long before the coast of France was in view.
As morning came and we crossed into the inshore traffic zone off Ushant, the wind died, the sea calmed and we were forced to motor. We eventually tied up in the pretty little harbour of Camaret late evening.
After the blast across the channel, we were not sure what Biscay would bring – fabulous sunrises and sunsets, dolphins everyday, beautiful starry nights and a beam wind – it too 60 hours to cross the bay to the sleepy Ria de Cedeira – and left us plenty of time to explore here and a few other places. We should have done one more tack though – our end log reads 596.4, not quite the magic 600.
Lets hope we can repeat this next year!