Studland Bay to Dartmouth – 11th August 2012

Studland Bay to Dartmouth – 11th August 2012

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Emma taking the helm

After maybe only 3 hours sleep we were set to depart from Studland.  The anchor had managed to keep me up most of the night as the windlass had not been tightened enough so with every wave a little chain managed to escape; lesson learnt.

We finally managed to set off at 05:30 into a cold and hostile morning.  As we turned out of Studland Bay and left Swanage to our Starboard Ben began to feel unwell but in true Ben spirit he put a brave face on it and even managed to eat half a bacon sandwich; the other half ended up on the cockpit floor later on.

The wind was blowing a good force 5 from the East giving as good run but all I could manage was setting the main as the Genoa would constantly back and conditions were too rough to pole out the headsail, the meant that controlling Troskala on a run in an increasing swell became more difficult but all crew had a go and with only two accidental gybes (the preventer saved the day on both occasions) we managed to sail the whole 73.4 miles into Dartmouth.

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We arrived in Dartmouth at 18:30 and picked up a visitors pontoon just off the town.  After each having a shower and a lovely dinner cooked by Ben and Emma we settled in to catch up on some sleep.

Another successful passage.

Total Miles:    335.5

Latitude:         50’20’.66N

Longitude:      03’33’.96W

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