v51-18 Newlyn to Padstow

Our aim is to get to Padstow and go straight in without anchoring – the wind and waves are not right for anchoring anyway.

We started at 0600 from Newlyn to get the other side of Lands End with the tide, and pick up the tide going up the north Cornish coast. Positive tide did not run out until well past St Ives. This gave us a problem later as we approached Padstow too quickly! With high water at midnight in Padstow, our earliest approach up the Camel was 2130. In then end we hove to a couple of times around Trevose Head and delayed our entry to Padstow Bay until 2100.

This gave us the best dolphin sighting of the trip. A whole pod crossed our path

V51-15 Dartmouth to Plymouth

We made an early start to get around Start Point and Bolt Head with the tide, as the wind was against us.

Start Bay was calm and there was little wind, however it was ‘on the nose’ after that into Plymouth. We put in a few tacks and motor sailed mostly. We arrived in Plymouth Sound (passed the breakwater) at 1225.

We are now back in the Mayflower marina waiting for the next crew and better weather!

6 July 2024

Kate and Simon are on the boat this weekend, so we went for a blast (the wind was fresh) around the sound, and then up to the bridges and back.

V51-14 Portland to Dartmouth

We waited for the perfect tide around the Bill for our return across Lyme Bay. This was an early start, and in calm water we were able to take the inside passage and full advantage of the tide.

V51-11 Lymington to Gosport

We left Lymington mid-morning as there is no way of avoiding the tide-against in the Solent today. It does not really matter; it is a short leg to Gosport where we will moor in the Haslar Marina for a few days (this is a sister boatfolk marina to our home port – Portishead).

Molia tied up in Haslar Marina. Good facilities and a short walk to the Portsmouth ferry.

We will stay here to see the sights.

21 June 2024

We got the Portsmouth ferry and went to the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard to see some warships.

Starting with HMS Warrior (1860).

Jo loads the forward gun on the ‘monitor’ HMS M.33 (1915)

We had a look at what is left of the Mary Rose (1510) and the vast collection of contemporary artifacts retrieved from in and around it.

22 June 2024

Today is submarine museum day. This part of the historic dockyard is located in Gosport.

In the nearly two days we have been here, we really had not noticed the huge post-war submarine immediately behind the marina!

Can you spot it?

HMS Alliance (1945) was built at the end of WWII but did not serve until after. It is complete.

HMS Holland 1 (1901) was the first ever submarine built by the Royal Navy and was recovered from the seabed.

Would you go to sea in either of these?

V51-10 Poole to Lymington

Next stop on our eastwards voyage is Lymington. We have not been here before either; just to catch the car ferry to Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight.

The channel into Lymington is well marked, and we stop in the first marina: Lymington Yacht Haven. This is a small distance out of town, but it has good facilities including an on-site chandlery that also sells beer, bread and milk.

V51-09 Portland to Poole

After some wet and windy days in Portland, sailing weather has been restored, and we are off on an exploration eastwards to the Solent. First stop is Poole – we have not been here by boat before.

We had to skirt the army firing range (just east of Lulworth Cove) with a small diversion south to 50 degrees 34 minutes. They were using the smaller northern part of the D026 range (see your chart).

Jo is a big fan of Old Harry’s Rocks off Studland. She spent childhood holidays in Swanage nearby.

The narrow entrance to Poole harbour has a strong current at peak tide flow and comes complete with a chain ferry to dodge! However it is by no means as fierce as it sounds; and the channel is excellently marked.

Molia tied up in Poole Quay Boat Haven which is located right on the town quay in Poole.

The Custom House restaurant (slightly west of the marina) is highly recommended.