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

Across Lyme Bay and Round Portland Bill

10 September 2021 | Portland
Martin Crick | SW 10-20kts; fair; good visibility
I dropped the mooring just after high water, and went down the Dart on the ebb quite quickly. I dodged the chain ferry and the lower tug ferry with ease, but then had a few close encounters with another yacht. They pulled out of a marina in front of me, then slowed down, then turned across my bows again to get head to wind to hoist their main. Then raced past me, and got in irons off the entrance. They went round in circles a few times, then headed back into Dartmouth! From the numbers on board, in matching oilskins, I can only assume they were a racing yacht out to practice getting in the way of cruising yachts - at which they were very effective!

There were several other yachts all setting easterly courses, but we inevitably spread out as we crossed Lyme Bay. I was deliberately keeping my speed down to avoid arriving at Portland Bill with a foul tide. This was surprisingly hard - with a SW 15-20kts behind me, Eowyn just wanted to go, go, go! All in all, a wonderful sail and a nice problem to have.

I arrived just NW of Portland Bill at 7:30pm as planned, see picture above, to get the first of the favourable tide around the Bill. The inshore passage was pretty lumpy in the fresh southwesterly breeze, but I was soon through and round into the shelter of the eastern side. I continued the easy sail under headsail alone until I was off the entrance to the harbour, then turned head to wind to motor in. By this time it was fairly dark and the nav lights were on. A far cry from the midnight twilight of Orkney in June!

There were a fair number of other yachts in the anchorage - one with cabin lights but no anchor light. I found a spot that seemed far enough away from others, and set the anchor. I had to guess how long to let out chain - not possible to see the paint marks on the chain in the dark from the cockpit! After what seemed like enough, the boat swung head to wind to the anchor - a good result. On the foredeck, I checked the chain by torchlight and realized I needed rather more out. I really want an electronic chain counter!

All set, and down below for a simple supper of leftovers and so to bed.

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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