|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.
|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.
|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).
|Dartmouth to Plymouth sail
||A great sail in Dereks Sadler 26 from Dittisham on the Dart to QAB marina at Plymouth. Lovely strength winds but a lot from straight behind Wind strength better than forecast. Seas a bit rolly at times but not too bad at Start Point as we were there at slack water.
|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.