Brighton to East Head (Chichester) – 27th July 2012

Brighton to East Head (Chichester) – 27th July 2012

Anchored off Easthead

 

We departed Brighton at 08:00, an hour later than expected but due to tiredness I managed to spill diesel all over the cockpit whilst filling the tanks which needed to be cleaned before we set off.  We left Brighton into a windless sea but at east the sun was shining.  The main sail was raised but it was clear that the day would consist of motoring the 40 miles to Easthead in Chichester harbor.

I decided to take a short cut through the Looe channel, which consists of a narrow gap between Selsey Bill and Owers Rocks.  We approached the Looe around 11:00 but with tide now turning against us we were pushing the motor hard to make 3.8 knots.

 

Still anchored off Easthead

We arrived at Eastbourne at 13:00.  We dropped anchor hoping that the Delta anchor would hold us for the two days we would be perched off this beach.  I tried to sleep but with so much going on around I found it difficult.  In the end the dinghy was inflated and we motored to the beach to have a walk and a break from being on board.  The weather was glorious and typically the wind by now had picked up.

We motored up a creek at West Wittering’s to look at some boats but apart from that the night was pretty uneventful.  I always have sleepless nights on the first night at anchor with the worry of dragging as it is very tidal in the area but we held and the Delta has now saved us £20 in marina fees.
Sunset at Anchor

Total Miles:    208.00

Latitude:         50’45’.32N

Longitude:      00’56’.60W

 

 

 

 

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