Nevil. S-SW 4, overcast with rain showers, 16°C.
Start / Finish Time: 09:55 / 16:57
Daily distance: 37.2 NM
Woke at around 8am and slowly got dressed, cleaned up and ready to leave. One crab was in the pot so that was saved for later. The bay was very sheltered so after getting the anchor up I did some engine speed trials, recording the boat speed against engine revs across the operating range. The new engine is running very nicely and I am very happy that we have had this done. With the trial completed I started on my way home just after 10am. Inside the Herviksfjord the wind felt like it was SE2 so I was close hauled down the fjord. On leaving the shelter of the fjord the wind veered and increased to a good S-SW 4 gusting 5, forcing me to take in a reef on the main and later on the headsail too.
Sailed through a couple of bands of rain but most of the time it was clear and the sea virtually empty of shipping of any size, only the ferries plodding back and forth between Rennesøy and Åre, until I got to the western end of Mosterøy. As I entered Byfjorden, the channel leading to Stavanger, the wind backed and I remained close hauled all the way to the harbour.
The route distance was predicted as 25.6NM but the actual distance sailed was nearly half as much again and the route was almost directly to windward overall. This is consistant with a close haul of about 45° off the wind although eyeballing my recorded track the angles don’t look as good as that. I set the windex indicators at 40° off the wind and know that is a bit pinched and just wide of that angle is good.
Overall I had a very enjoyable weekend and was happy with both mine and Marita’s performance.