Tour of Milford Haven
24 August 2021 | Milford Haven (Sandy Haven Bay)
The night in Dale started out peacefully enough, but by early morning Eowyn was rolling a bit in an easterly swell. I had some passage planning to do before setting out on the next leg, so decided to do a tour of Milford Haven, anchor somewhere else for the night, and make some decisions.
I had a gentle sail up the estuary against the tide, the wind easing all the while - and the swell that got me moving gradually disappearing as well, ironically. When speed through the water dropped to 1.5kts, I decided continuing to fight the tide back after it turned would be fruitless, so turned around and headed for Sandy Haven Bay, the recommended anchorage in easterlies. It was already quite full when I got there, but I found a spot. There were lots of childish shrieks from the beach - although sunny, I think the water was still a bit cool for swimming! By evening, there were only two boats left in the anchorage as all the locals returned home for the night, no doubt back to work the next day.
I studied my options for where to go next. I'd long wanted to head up to Bristol and spend some time there. This required navigating the South Wales coast, however. The ports are far apart for day sailing and tidally restricted. With a week or more of easterly winds forecast, this didn't look very attractive. And, truth be told, although I've greatly enjoyed the cruise, I'm getting ready to be home again. Long and short, I decided to head south ready to get round Land's End and onto the homeward leg. I'll plan a cruise up the Bristol Channel another time, and ensure I have friends along to crew the trip as well.
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