Friday, 6 August 2010

Island life

Hoorah.... we've made it to the Channel Islands... Guernsey to be precise... its the first time in several years that we've actually made the destination we'd planned for on our summer cruise... regular sailor-readers will recognise the home truth in that!

It was a bit of an uncertain decision overnight... with all the GFS forecast sites suggesting F3 to F4 SW and sea state OK, but with the met office forecasting up to F6 Westerly, and sea state rough... so we decided to get up a 05h00 and see what faced us... as it happens, when we got up, it was a glassy calm in the marina, so we slipped, along wth a small armade of other vessels all bound for various ports in the CI, and whom had been stuck in Cherbourg for several days..

As we left the breakwater we found a SW (as forecast by GFS) and about 12kts (as forecast by GFS)...perfect... and yet again, a shocking performance by the met office... they've been absolute rubbish for the entire trip so far...

We were therefore able to sail, and enjoyed 2 hours of near perfect upwind sailing alng the coast towards Cap de la Hague.... sadly it had to end when we rounded, and pointed up into the wind towards Guernsey.. 3 hours of motoring, a bit of 'interesting' navigation through the little russell, dodging rocks, and we entered St Peter Port.... tied up... and ready for a few days of R&R.... here we go!

Miles logged 40nm
Miles this trip 240nm
Miles this season 617nm
Miles since this blog started 5,197nm

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