|Sandy Bay dog walk
||Another low tide walk along the Jurassic Coast from Orcombe Point to Sandy Bay
|First bike ride of 2017
||Round to Exmouth and back. And today's lesson learned is not to eat a cheese and tomato toastie with chips at the Exmouth beach cafe immediately before heading off back into the wind for umpteen miles...
|Exmouth and back
||A slightly longer cycle ride than usual. Average speed would probably have been a fair bit better if it wasn't for a strong wind right on the nose for the last 6 miles.
|Last days of summer?
||A lovely summy summer's day - maybe one of the last of 2016?
So we took Scooby on one of his favourite beach walks - from Exmouth to Sandy Bay.
Got there a little late - just past low tide - so as we were unlikely to get back round Orcombe rocks without getting a bit wet on teh way back, we came back on the cliff top walk.
||A short walk to Start Point. Makes a change to walk round it rather than sail round it. There was no "inshore passage" while we were there.
A camper van trip to Slapton for the night.
||From Lee Bay along the coast path to Bull Point lighthouse and then on around Morte Point.
Some big up and downie bits along the way and some scary (for me) cliff top paths!
Camera was happy with the sunlight though.
|Exe to Dartmouth
||The plan was to go to Salcombe. However, the weather forecast was out and there was little wind to start with. That and some shennanigans with the cruising chute - that included giving it a wash in the sea - meant we were later than planned heading towards Start Point. Again the forecast was out as we now had 20 knots of wind that would have been against the (admittedly) neap tides after we rounded Start. So we gave up bouncing into waves and headed into Dartmouth / Darthaven for the evening.
|Straight Point and Exmouth Docks
||A sail on Derek's Fulmar down the estuary and then along to Straight Point (the Royal Marines weren't firing at the time). Sailed back alongside Julian's Halmatic 30 - the boats are nicely matched for speed. Then into Exmouth Marina whch was interesting. I'd not been into Exmouth Marina before in anything bigger than a RIB so going in under the lifting bridge in a 30 foot yacht was interesting.
|Transat start at Plymouth
||From Cawsand to Penlee Point to watch the start of the single handed Transat yacht race. Breakfast at Kingsand and then sat in the drizzly rain at Penlee Point for a couple of hours but the gloop mostly cleared in time for the start of the race. As much fun watching the milling spectator boats as the competitors.
|Dittisham to Plymouth
||From Dittisham on the Dart to Quee Anne's Battery marina in Plymouth. Some lovely sailing (especially across Bigbury Bay) but also some motoring due to lack of wind.
The average speed for this passage is partly attributable to the large spring tides that were as favourable as planned.
|Dittisham to QAB Plymouth
||Round from Dittisham on the Dart to Queen Annes Battery marina in Plymouth. With the wind forecast to be F4 to F5 from the west and most of the trip being westwards, this was going to be an interesting trip. Start Point planning was spot on - we arrived just at the very last of the flood tide meaning little adverse tide but, more importantly, no wind over tide. So Start Point was a pussy cat. Prawle Point and Bolt Head made up for this though. With wind over tide by then, the seas there were "interesting" as the wind gusted to 22 knots (low end of a force 6). Some of the biggest overfalls I've been through for quite some time! As we got to Bigbury Bay the wind was a better angle and we got to sail rather than the motor sailing we did from just past Start. Into QAB about 8pm.
|Carrick Roads and Restronguet Creek
||With the promised easterly being more like a southerly, there was a long enough fetch for some waves that weren't to Scooby's liking. So after lunch and some icecreams (which were to Scooby's liking) we diverted into Restronguet Creek for some quiet top-of-the-tide paddling past The Pandora and onto Point. Then back below the rather marvelous Tregunwith Farm campsite (£9 / night for 2 adults, 1 dog, 1 camper van, 1 car and a canoe) and back to Mylor Yacht Harbour.
|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).
|Baggy Point, Putsborough and Croyde
||A doggie walk in the howling wind. Round Baggy Point and back to Putsborough and then on to Croyde Bay.
Lots of photos across from Morthoe Farm camping across to Lundy. The wind must have been at least F8 - some impressive overfalls off the headland.
Back via Meldon reservoir so a couple of photos from there.
|Dartmouth to QAB Plymouth
||From Dartmouth round to Plymouth.
With Spring Tides and a forecast that was F5 gusting F6, we planned to take a cautious route round Start Point staying about a mile and half off.
However, as we motored out from Slapton we encountered some large waves at the edge of the Skerries / the edge of Start Race. But as they were all fairly regular they were quite fun!
Once round Start the wind increased a bit to gusting F6 and one particular wave dumped a load of water in the cockpit. However, with Dark Side of the Moon tracks from the Pulse Pink Floyd album playing on the waterproof bluetooth speaker and the course after Prawle Point allowing us to stop motor sailing, we were then flying along towards Plymouth.
So into QAB marina much earlier than expected.
|Exe to Salcombe
||A great sail from the Exe down to Salcombe.
Sailed past Simon T and Andy B on Nelly Nui as they prepared for their Round Britain sail.
Met up with them again off Dartmouth and we sailed on together towards Start Point.
We took the inside passage around Start Point and encountered a really heavy rain shower including some very loud and rather too close for comfort thunder and lightening.
After that it was a beautiful evening sailing across Salcombe Bar and onto a mooring followed by a fine dinner ashore.
|Prawle Point and The Pigs Nose Pub
||Down to Prawle Point - the most southerly point in Devon and a headland well known to sailors!
Pint at the Pigs Nose pub.
||A short walk to dinner from Stoke Barton Campsite on Hartland Point.
Hartland Point is a scary place if you think about sailing near it in the wind or fog and the granite "teeth" of the rocks only enhance this.
The Hartland Quay Hotel was a really nice pub doing good food.
|Quick paddle round Cawsand/Kingsand bay
||The forecast offshore north to north west turned out to be almost a southerly so there some small waves as we headed off from Cawsand to Fort Picklecombe. So we turned round and went a little way towards Penlee Point. A very short paddle overall but it broke up the drive home at the end of our summer holidays.
|Sabbacombe Head to Kingswear
||From Coleton Fishacre (actually Coleton Camp) down to Sabbacombe Head and then along the coast path past Froward Point and on to near Kingswear. A lot of ups and downs - big ups and downs!