Salcombe to Studland Bayskip sunny 87Nm travelled
21/09/2009, Studland Bay, harvesting nature's bounty
Well, we did it! our first all night passage (on Emerald) , leaving Salcombe at about 4pm with a gentle force 3 forecast (can you tell what happens already?!) heading for Studland Bay. We left for an overnoght passage across Lyme Bay as we had too far to travel in daylight to get into the unlit anchorage with light to see (16 hours to do the trip, and with the shorter days we wouldn't have been able to leave and arrive in daylight.) Therefore we left in the evening planning to arrive in the morning.
Hope Cove to Salcombeskip sunny but strong North Easterlies
15/09/2009, Salcombe in 'the Bag' 8Nm travelled
Well, we've now arrived in Salcombe, on our slow trip East.
Yealm River to Hope Coveskip sunny,but strong NE wind
15/09/2009, Hope Cove 11Nm travelled
Reluctantly we left the Yealm, and headed once again for the open waters to the east. The wind refused to die and had swung directly on the nose (is it a karma thing?) so we decided to chug there under engine (as we needed hot water and to charge the batteries) to Hope Cove, tucked in behind the headland of Bolt Tail. This is where old commercial sailing ships would sit out Easterly weather waiting to head up the English Channel across Lyme Bay. It is nice to think we were doing the same as those old ships of yesteryear.
Cawsand to River Yealmskip Glorious indian Summer
15/09/2009, Newton Ferrers 7Nm travelled
After our sleepless night at Cawsand, The Yealm was peaceful and a slice of English heaven.
Fowey to Cawsandskip sunny and Easterly
15/09/2009, Cawsand Anchorage 24Nm travelled
Well we headed further east again, this time under sail as the wind was for once not directly on the nose. We decided for the easier option (so we thought) of a simple anchorage, that we'd been in before. We arrived in plenty of light, snuggled up to the north cliff and settled down. However the wind didn't back north as predicted, but stubbornly stayed in the north east and we spent a very sleepless night rolling heavily and fretting over the easterly swell rolling into the bay.
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