It is now
one week since our departure from
and the beginning of our trip. Our time has been spent failing, winning,
having fun, getting frustrated, but most of all learning.
morning before leaving we wandered around the marina at Brighton expecting
to feel something deep and spiritual at this significant moment; the
beginning of our voyage. If fact it felt like walking around the marina - we
cut it short and got started. We left around 1000 and had an uneventful
passage in light winds to
Wednesday morning it was very warm and we worked on the boat while waiting
for North Sails to do some adjustments to the new sails.
we left for
in light winds but before long we were motoring into quite a breeze. The
engine began to overheat and stopped at
to fix the problem. The following day we waited for a fair tide and set off
for Poole. It was another hot day and as we passed the moorings outside
Yarmouth we couldn't resist stopping and relaxing for a few hours. It was a
lovely spot and we decided to stay for the night. Friday morning we rose at
0400 and swept out of the Solent on a fair tide and into the dawn. Light
westerly winds forced us to motor most of the way and I had to solve a
charging problem as we went but we had a glorious sail for the last six
hours into the sunset. Nat cooked food to be ready for our arrival at 2100
and, as we ate black bean chilli, chips and rice, we felt pretty pleased
stayed in a marina for a few hours while we had a shower and got some
provisions then motored up river to anchor just south of Dittisham. This was
our first time using the anchor and we felt we deserved our beer once it was
set. Sunday we just relaxed then went ashore in the dinghy to have a pint.
Everything seemed to be under control.... Monday morning reality hit.
at 0530 to check the forecast - while we had relaxed a depression had formed
and breezy conditions were forecast for the next few days. Emerging from the
boat at 0800 we realised to our horror that the change in wind direction and
strength had dragged our anchor over a steep ledge and the boat was now
slipping downstream. We grabbed some clothes and motored the boat out of
trouble. After showering and eating ashore in Dartmouth we came back to try
anchoring again and came to the conclusion that the anchorage was untenable.
Unfortunately all the good places to anchor had been filled with moorings so
we gave up and picked up a mooring (£5 per night to anchor, £10 per night to
moor). Tuesday and Wednesday we decided to get off the boat and went for
great walks along deserted footpaths - River Dart Trail, South Devon Coastal
Path, Grove Woods. Thursday, with stiff legs, we left our mooring and went
to Dartmouth for water and provisions and to get ready for our planned
passage to Falmouth the next day.