Monthly Archives: May 2016

Skerryvore 2

I told Matthew that I wasn’t goimg to move Skerryvore any further unless it was <Force 7 and we had a 3rd person for the night passage, being too old to go without a half decent sleep. Matthew was wanting to get Skerryvore from Holyhead to Milford Haven ( 130 odd nM) which meant an overnight sail. Nigel came with us so we sailed over the Saturday and that night to arrive in Milford Haven in time to get a train back to London. I think that that is probably me for Skerryvore as I have to get my own boat ready.


Nigel looking pumped to go! It was f*****g cold through the night and I still didn’t get enopugh sleep. Even colder when you rush out to catch a train that then sits at Maze Hill station for half an hour (thank you Southeastern trains) and you forget to take a hat and gloves (we all shared Nigel’s gloves.

Left Holyhead at about 10:00 with a full diesel tank.

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Out past South Stack and across Caernaven Bay (however you spell it). Anyway I’m old enough to remember that tosser Charles getting invested (or whatever) at Caernafon castle.


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South Stack just outside Holyhead.

Seemed to take forever to cross Caernafon Bay and get to Bardsey Island before crossing Cardigan Bay, was that named after the chap in the Charge of the Light Brigade or after the jumper type thing?

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Bardsey Island and Nigel Steering – getting colder already, despite the sunshine. As we were just getting past Bardsey Island the wind was picking up and the fetch was long enough to create huge waves (wind over tide as well), hit 10 knots surfing down a wave, well you don’t surf up waves as far as I know,  soon be time for dinner ( chicken tagine and cous cous)


Wind and waves died off past Bardsey Island and into Cardigan bay, so engine on for the rest of the trip, which we needed because the batteries died, leaving us no chart plotter, but we kept a good log of our position after that. Once the engine was on all the electrics worked again.

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Dawn saw us abreast of Skomer Island, a stones throw ( or a few hours sailing) to Milford Haven.

After Skomer it was Skokholm Island.

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Sun had a little heat in it so we started to warm up a bit.

Then Milford Haven.

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we left Skerryvore in Milford Haven, until she gets taken aroung Lands End to Falmouth or Plymouth.


Did I say it was f*****g cold at night? Hour on, hour off, hour in the Cockpit /Nav stationj etc., so not much sleep either.