Wells visitors pontoon. We stay afloat even at low water here. The quay is lined with children catching crabs. At the end of the day they put them back.
Tuesday, 2 August 2016
Monday, 1 August 2016
We had a nice force 4 following wind from Grimsby which faded away later with a bit of swell starting. Wells harbour is full due to carnal so they put us in the outer harbour with the wind farm cats. Advantage is it is close to the beach...and the very pleasant beach cafe . Camp site shop handy and a miniature railway in to town . Amazing how close the channel is to the beach
Saturday, 14 May 2016
|As we left Grimsby Sarah's Choir|
St George's Singers were live
on Radio 4 LW . Our boat has a
car style radio that actually has LW
(which is rare and useful out of FM
range). Sarah sang along.
It was a great day for a sail and while close hauled we could make it on one tack from the Humber
We took the recommended route south of the Rosse Reach separation channel, but we would have to tack to miss Donna Nook Bombing Range. The presence of (Typhoon?) planes doing low level attack runs, probably getting a radar lock on us, suggested the range was in use. Humber CG informed us we should call the range on Ch 16. We called but did not get a reply until quite close and they requested we pass North of the range, so we put in a tack.
We made excellent time and had to hand around for half an hour waiting to make our approach just before HW-2. We couldn't raise Wells harbour on the
|Our track in to Wells Next Sea on Google Maps.|
|The visitor's pontoon in Wells in the evening.|
|Our track back from MarineTraffic. You can see |
where we hove to
Saturday, 26 March 2016
I learnt celestial navigation on an RYA Yachmaster Ocean course in the 1980s, from a woman who lived in rural Oxfordshire and whose name I am sorry I cannot recall. She had many ocean crossings under her belt and had a wonderfully un-mathematical way of understanding the mathematics and an incredible ability to recognise navigational stars as they peeped out from between clouds perhaps by knowing where they should be and their colour and magnitude but with out the need for constellations as a guide.
|Davis Mark 3|
I understand that modern new Chinese Astra sextants are excellent value and in particular lighter, but a good Tamaya is probably the best value to be found second hand.
I look forward to trying my new one at sea!
Thursday, 24 March 2016
By March we had high pressure and winds W or NW 3 or 4 forecast and reasonable temperatures (up to 10 deg C). We had clear skies, no swell except a horrible one the first day. We saw porpoises, seals and no other yachts.
It was sad to leave Hartlepool. One of the friendliest and most economical commercial marinas we have encountered. While the town is not so interesting near the marina are big supermarkets, a cinema and a fun maritime museum. The cruising ground is superb with plenty of short hop ports to visit and lots of marine life to see. It also has the advantage that you can often get out the lock 3 or 4 hours either side of HW.
We spent two nights at Whitby and one at Scarborough. Whitby is our favourite NE port to visit with a picturesque and vibrant town, shops (including a chandlers) excellent showers. The down side is the swing bridge opens every 30 mins only two hours either side of HW. Like most harbours along the NE coast the port authority staff will often "talk you in" over VHF as they watch you on cameras. Whitby and Scarborough both said they did not really have visitors berths as they had moved residents on to them for maintenance, but they seem to have a tradition of finding a place for you somewhere. We filled up with diesel from the fuelling point at the fish dock. Commercial quantities means minimum 250L or 55 g. That was what we needed to fill up so fine with advance notice.
It was a shame that we had to motor, as the wind was no more than F3 and we had a schedule driven by tides. But is was sunny, clear and calm, so we couldn't have everything. We saw porpoises on every leg or the trip. They don't seem to stay with us when we are under engine, which was a shame. The seals however pop up to take a good look at us (and maybe to see if we have any fish).
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