When the wind is against you, headlands take on new significance - Land's End, Lizard, Dodman and now Rame.
A big difference today was that our course was basically east, rather than north east. This let us put in a long making tack with only relatively short holding tacks needed at the end. With hind sight, however, we might have been better to make shorter tacks and keep a bit closer to the coast, out of the worst of the swell, which stopped us every now and again. But overall this was a more enjoyable sail than the two previous days, and the final tack up past the breakwater into Plymouth Sound was invigorating.
We rounded up and dropped the sails, and Nick took the helm while I called for a berth in Sutton Harbour. They were more strict than anywhere I've called yet, wanting a written declaration by email that I'd been more than 10days out of a foreign port (just!) and that all foreign stores were gone and the boat cleaned (again, just!). They responded promptly with a berth assignment and we came in though the lock, which was on free flow so no need to tie up in it.
The facilities and shelter here are excellent, and it's only a short walk into the Barbican district, with many bars and restaurants. All in all, a great place to spend a few days. That's just as well, as Nick left on Friday and I'm not heading singlehanded round Start Point and across Lyme Bay against strong north easterlies! Looks like the first westerlies are due next Thursday or Friday, so I'll enjoy what Plymouth has to offer til then.
Saturday night was delightful, with dinner at the home of a university friend of mine who's a GP here, accompanied by another GP university friend and their wives. A truly magnificent dinner was served by Fliss - I don't know how Andy remains slim. Thank you both very much!
Log of this passage