Adventures of Eowyn of Hamble

Log of Eowyn's sailing adventures. Plan for 2021 is sail around Great Britain, if COVID allows enough ports to open!

14 September 2021 | Hamble
12 September 2021 | Port Hamble
11 September 2021 | Beaulieu River
10 September 2021 | Portland
09 September 2021 | Dittisham
02 September 2021 | Plymouth
01 September 2021 | Fowey
31 August 2021 | Falmouth
30 August 2021 | Penzance
26 August 2021 | Padstow
25 August 2021 | Lundy (Jenny's Cove)
24 August 2021 | Milford Haven (Sandy Haven Bay)
23 August 2021 | Milford Haven (Dale)
22 August 2021 | Fishguard
21 August 2021 | Arklow
19 August 2021 | Greystones
18 August 2021 | Malahide and Dublin
15 August 2021 | Malahide Marina
15 August 2021 | Carlingford Marina
14 August 2021 | Ardglass

Round St David's Head

23 August 2021 | Milford Haven (Dale)
Martin Crick | NW 5-12kts; fair
The next passage took careful planning. The passage round St Davi'd Head offers the choice of going the long, easy, way round - outside the islands - or going closer in through the sounds. The latter is shorter, but involves dealing with some very strong tides and associated overfalls.

I left Fishguard timed to arrive at Ramsey Sound (between St David's Head and Ramsey Island) at the end of the south going tide. This proved harder to achieve than I'd expected - the tide along the north coast of the peninsula was much stronger than expected, and there was little wind. I found myself alternately sailing at 2kts or motoring at 5kts - not good for diesel engines to do prolonged periods at low revs. I managed to arrive at the right time.

During the approach to Ramsey Sound I had an escort of dolphins - magnificent!

As promised by the pilot book, the tide dropped from a blistering 4-5kts to less than 1kt as I got into the sound itself. It was then easy to manoeuvre around the mid-channel "Horse Rock" and "The Bitches" - a reef protruding into the sound.

Emerging from the sound, I had some remaining south going tide to take me down across St Bride's Bay to pass west of Skomer Island and through Broad Sound towards Milford Haven. For this last part of the passage, the pilot book's advice didn't work so well as I fought the tide round Skomer and through Broad Sound. I didn't mind too much as I was able to sail at least some of it, and the views were spectacular. I was very glad that I'd opted to go to Fishguard, rather than the longer passage direct to Milford Haven form Ireland.

Once into Milford Haven, I anchored for the night in the bay off Dale. This was smooth as a millpond as I anchored, but kicked up a bit of a swell overnight.

Log of this passage
Vessel Name: Eowyn of Hamble
Vessel Make/Model: Hallberg-Rassy 36 Mk1 1993
Hailing Port: Hamble
Crew: Martin Crick
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