The force for me, means the the tides and the winds. They were both consistently with me today.very nicely for my trip to Plymouth. Caught the middle of the ebb to help me creep out of the River Dart in the light wind. Once out of the river and out in the open sea found a very nice Easterly breeze which sent me across the bay towards Start Point at a good rate. By then the tide had turned to add about 2 knots to my speed and the wind was giving me a hearty shove from behind.
After I zoomed across Bolt head and into Plymouth Sound. Only at the last moment did I have to turn to windward to beat into Jenniclife Bay to anchor in 20ft in the shelter of the cliffs.
From the Dart to Plymouth Sound -30 miles – in less than 6 hours So, must have broken the Paradox speed record for this week.
I have a small niggle / concern with my reefed sail. It wrinkles at the luff, and to a lesser extent, the leach, as it rolls up. No matter how carefully I roll in the reef this always happens and it spoils the shape of the sail for windward sailing. The pictures below show this shortcoming. I s’pose it’s due to the draught sewn into the sail and the sail would have to be cut flatter to avoid this.
A very placid calm night at Jennicliff Bay. Stir fried vegies and sardines for tea.
The crowds in Jennicliff Bay
Pineapple for afters.