|Mackerel for tea
||A glorious summer sail on a Dart 18 with Nigel H. Caught some mackerel for the first time ever - a few hundred yards off the safe water mark. Blisteringly hot and light winds - ideal for a summer sail / drift
||First sail of the year on Nigel H's Dart 18. Wind was up and down and we fought the tide on the way back to SYC but some fast speeds out at sea.
|Exe to Dartmouth
||A lovely sail down from the Exe to Dartmouth.
Wind ranged from very little to about 22 knots.
|Darting about in light winds
||Down river and out to sea (a little bit) on Nigel's Dart. Light, and sometimes non-existent, winds suggested that venturing too far on an outgoing tide might be a problem. Interesting tacking back up the estuary against the ebb tide - couldn't do that in the Wayfarer.
|Sail on Nigels Dart 18
||A super sail out to the beach cafe, out to sea and back via the Warren.
A bit of everything in the wind - well from F2 to F4 - and lots of sun. Ideal.
GPS battery died on the way back.
|Breezy Dart Sail
||A breezy day sail on Nigel H's Dart 18. Wind was generally between F4 and F5 but probably touching F6 for a short while as we left the beach cafe.Top speed of 17 knots just below the 18 knots on a sail last year.
|Baltic Wharf in Totnes to SYC on the Exe
||A great sail down from Baltic Wharf at Totnes down the Dart to Dartmouth and then up the coast to Starcross Yacht Club on the Exe. First sail of the year on Dereks Sadler 26. Weather forecast was a bit lively but turned out to be a great sail
||On photo / safety boat on David A's rib.
A lovely cold day on the Exe Estuary in February. 93 boats on the water. Plenty of wind but not the fearsome gale of some earlier forecasts.
After nearly three weeks laid up by two consecutive lurgies, this was just the thing to blow away some of the cobwebs. Even got a bit sun burnt - in February!
|First sail of the year on Nigel's Dart
||Lots of wind going down the estuary. Quite a bit of wind out at sea for a while and some waves to play with. After lunch at the beach cafe the wind died away a bit making the sail back up the channel alongside Exmout beach somewhat tricky (including some fun in the shallow waters just before the Warren point), More wind when back in the estuary but the strength of the ebbing tide made it a "tactical" sail back to SYC.
|Drew Trophy yacht race
||From Exe safe water mark down to Brixham and back again the next day
|Broadsands, Galmpton and Greenway
||A circular walk from Torbay to the Dart. Quite long as we went the wrong direction a couple of time! Down to Greenway on the Dart - opposite Dittisham and the old home of Agatha Chritie
|Sail on Nigel's Dart
||Beach cafe and just a bit beyond on Nigel's Dart 18. A day of lulls and gusts. A max speed of 14.6 knots is just a bit faster than I'm used to with my Wayfarer
|Exe to Dartmouth
||With the SYC Newport Trophy cancelled due to the possibility of a Force 6, we set of with Peter S for company hoping to get as far as Salcombe.
However, with the wind pretty much on the nose, progress was a little slow for us so we motor sailed.
As we crossed Torbay we saw the annual Brixham Trawler Race taking place.
The weather forecast was pretty much right (with maximum gusts of about 26 knots - F6), so we gave up on the idea of rounding Start Point and ducked into Darthaven Marina in Dartmouth.
|Sail on Nigel's Dart
||A decent wind (gusting maybe F5) for a storming sail on Nigel's Dart. Some excellent speeds with a top speed of over 17 knots - probably the fastest I've been under sail. Top stuff
|Dartmouth to Plymouth
||Starting from Dittisham, a sail round from the Dart to Plymouth on Derek H's Sadler 26. A good sail down towards Start Point. A easy rounding of Start at just before slack water. Then a motor sail from Start to Bolt Tail as the wind was too much on the nose. Then a good sail across Bigbury Bay and into Plymouth Sound (where the visibility dropped down to about a quarter of a mile).