Going West?

July 28, 2014 at 9:42 pm

“Going West?” said the skipper of the pilot cutter. “Yes”, we answered, and felt like adventurers.  “And you?” He shook his head.  We’d have a head wind, he reminded us, all across the bay.  We knew it, but we had a good ship, too. The west wind still blew.  When we were clear of the harbour we backed the jib and let the boat lie while we hoisted the dinghy on deck, and lashed it.  That done, we let draw, set the foresail and mizzen, and stood away for the Shambles Light.  Our voyage had begun.  We were bound west, to visit a new country beyond the Bill…”

Aubrey de Selincourt wrote this in 1948.

Nothing much changes then, the wind is still on the nose… It’s 65 miles to Brixham, so at 4 knots that’s a bit over 16 hours.  I’m going the outside passage, 6 miles off, as we are on Spring tides and the currents are stronger and the lobster pots on the inner passage will be invisible under water.

My tide is fair to leave at 1130 tomorrow (and yes that’s BST), 2 hours before high water Dover, so I’ll check the weather in the morning. But it’s looking like West or North West f3 or f4, sea state smooth or slight.

So that’s perfect then… Just on the nose.