Cruising on Diomedea

Diomedea is a Van de Stadt Tasman 48. The name is the species name of the Wandering Albatross of the Southern Ocean.

21 July 2016 | 55 57.75'N:05 54.55'W
15 July 2016
15 July 2016 | Holyhead, Angelsey
15 July 2016 | Helford River, Cornwall
10 July 2016 | Falmouth, UK
07 July 2016 | Falmouth UK
04 July 2016 | Camaret, Brittany
02 July 2016 | Camaret-Sur-Mer
02 July 2016 | A Caruna, Spain
01 July 2016 | Camarets-Sur-Mer
29 June 2016 | 46 24.20'N:06 28.016'W
25 June 2016 | A Caruna, Galicia, Spain
23 June 2016 | Ria de Muros, Galicia
18 June 2016 | Ria de Arousa
16 June 2016 | Islas Ciel, Galician Atlantic islands, Spain
13 June 2016 | Cascais
09 June 2016 | Cascais
09 June 2016 | Sines
09 June 2016 | Sao Vicente
06 June 2016 | Lagos, PortugaL

Loch Tarbert, Isle of Jura

21 July 2016 | 55 57.75'N:05 54.55'W
A nice anchorage virtually in a lake in the heart of Jura. Fantastic evening. Sunset at 10 but full moon and light again at 430am. Not really dark at all. Off to Mull today.

Longships Light

15 July 2016
David and Andrea

Around Land's End and on to Wales.

15 July 2016 | Holyhead, Angelsey
David and Andrea
I can't believe the alarm is going at 3.30am. This totally sucks. Nonetheless, if we are to get around Land's End we have to hit some tide gates and Mother Nature waits for nobody. Anchor up followed by a cautious exit from the river in the dark before the motor onwards to The Lizard headland for sunrise. Overfalls are quite active so we pitch and plunge our way westward in 15 knots of wind right on the nose. Other yachts are tacking and we quickly leave them behind with the diesel topsail going at 2500rpm. Soon enough the next episode of violent water greets us at the Runnelstone and our rounding of the famous cape commences. Abeam of Longships light and we are past the worst of it and finally we can sail in an acceptable manner. The NW to NNW breeze gives us lovely close reaching conditions and we are off for the long leg north. The tide inevitably turned against us somewhere across the Bristol Channel. By an amazing coincidence we had learned that Chris and Sue on board Yindee Plus were to be at Lundy island this same day and we had planned to meet them there as it was not too far off our route. Unfortunately our passage speeds were not sufficient to make the rendezvous as they were catching the flood into the Severn river so we elected to continue on to Milford Haven. We seem only to be arriving at harbours in the dark now, but nonetheless the intensity of the leading lights into Milford Haven really took us by surprise. We think they are visible from space and perhaps aliens will make a beeline for this harbour in the future. Our entry was uneventful and the hook went down around 1am after 22 hours on the go.
Tides to contend with again after a short sleep and frustratingly no internet reception despite being near a big city. Diomedea punched through the overfalls as we passed the various islands and headlands but again the NW breeze gave us good sailing for this 114nm reach north to Holyhead. Squalls came and went, dolphins dropped by, the waxing gibbous moon appeared and set, but amazingly the sky never became fully dark. Well, we had crossed into the 53 North latitude. The wind built as we approached Angelsey and combined with the now favourable tide we ripped around the last headland in this strange darkness at 10 knots speed over ground. Needless to say, two ferries came out of the port just as we were entering giving us some anxiety but we made it into the lee of this, the world's second biggest breakwater(really) about 2am. We phaffed around for a while trying to work out how to approach the virtually unlit marina before giving up, instead picking up a vacant mooring without running over anything else. Andrea found a nice Cotes du Rhone in the wine cellar.
After another shortish sleep we decided to head into the marina in daylight, only to find that tie-up points on the pontoons were in short supply but eventually we found a suitable spot. Time to take stock of ourselves.

Helford River

15 July 2016 | Helford River, Cornwall
David and Andrea
The SW Coast Path (630 miles long) passes through this pretty river valley just south of Falmouth. We did the walk segment and then brought the yacht around prior to our departure for Land’s End. Great anchorage, and all sorts of interesting boating activity. Highly recommended.

In Cornwall

10 July 2016 | Falmouth, UK
David and Andrea
With some boat jobs on the go we also took time out for sightseeing. Pendennis castle on the western headland of Falmouth harbour was constructed by Henry VIII, was later besieged by Cromwell’s army, and finally saw service in the two World Wars. The castle was eventually decommissioned in 1956, after almost 500 years. Not bad.
A day trip also took us out to the cute village of St Just (Dog and Rabbit cafe for lunch, excellent) and then for a walk along the extensive coastal pathway of Cape Cornwall area, just north of Land’s End (Finisterre again!). Long abandoned tin mines dot the area including the prominent chimney seen in the pix - it is not a lighthouse you will be relieved to know. Also studied was the Bronze age burial mound called a “barrow”. It had been covered in tailings from the mines but was revealed by an enthusiastic archaelogist in the 19th century. Falmouth harbour and village are very pretty and the place is just full of classic yachts, especially gaff rigged Bristol Channel pilot cutter style vessels. There are dozens of them that are rebirthed or born, restored and sailed here all the time.

Across the English Channel

07 July 2016 | Falmouth UK
David and Andrea
It was like being fired out of a gun. After casting off from Camaret, Diomedea hit the north flowing flood tide right on schedule at the entrance to the Chenal Du Four, just off Pointe de St Mathieu. 3 knots of current with 15-20 knots of air nicely forward of the beam made for very fast sailing over the 20 nm until abeam Ile de Ouessant (Ushant) on the very NW tip of Brittany. More remarkable was the Actuel Ultime trimaran bearing down on us at 20 kts and that was against the current! We soon found ourselves in sunny skies but confused tidal seas in the Channel and held the breeze for a few hours before resorting to a topup with the diesel. Dodgem cars was played out mid-passage as we crossed the big sea lanes. The clocks went back an hour, and the forecast warm front arrived with sunset. A dark night with drizzle, poor visibility and little wind followed as we ploughed on. The Lizard light was sighted 21nm out, then the Manacles east cardinal mark and finally the St Anthony head light came into view as we made our course for Falmouth. The flood tide carried us into this famous harbour and we dropped the hook outside Port Pendennis marina about 3am. Glenmorangie was required and enjoyed. Head on the pillow after a 22 hour day. Gone.
Vessel Name: Diomedea
Vessel Make/Model: Van de Stadt Tasman 48 See Pix here
Hailing Port: Sydney
Diomedea's Photos - Heading North
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Cape Raoul
Cape Pillar
The Totem pole
Fortescue Bay, Diomedea in top right.
Canoe Bay shipwreck
The Lanterns
The Lanterns, Cape Hauy
Andy on top of 300m rock spike.
Triabunna fishing fleet
Triabunna anchorage
Wineglass bay
Wineglass Bay
The Hazards
Our weather for the Bass strait crossing
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