After failing to row from Churchstrand we carried the dinghy to the beach alongside the lifeboat station and I managed to row out from there. That was 20kts of wind hence why I didn't want to leave her there with the possibility of 60kts.
Once I had grabbed Ken from the pier we sailed out under staysail and mizzen. Once out of the harbour and heading downwind it was much more pleasant and we put up the full mainsail.
We had a lovely broad reach out to about 3 miles South of the Stags before Gybing and sailing all the way in on the other tack.
We were pretty much becalmed quarter of a mile from the mooring so motored in and picked it up 4 hours after dropping the mooring in Baltimore. By far our quickest trip round.
We were a lot happier leaving her in a flat calm harbour. Thankfully the forecast has eased a little now but it will still be likely gusting to 50kts. Thankfully there is little room for fetch from the South West in Union Hall so hopefully she will be a lot more comfortable there.
|Crap picture but I might start to remember to bring my camera sailing sometime soon.|
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