Mike and I left Padstow at lunchtime; and the sailing south of Hartland was about what we expected.
Our evening was enhanced by sailing with the dolphins.
North of Hartland it became a tough sail. We had 16-24 knots on the nose, the waves were against us, and had that typical Bristol Channel shape: frequent and steep – although not that large. The conditions were definitely worse than advertised on the weather forecasts, and we had to tack to prevent the waves from slowing the boat.
After a fairly uncomfortable night, things did not improve around Porlock.
Hats off to Mike for helping – it was his first passage of this sort of length!
Day 9: After 24 hours we called it a day and went into Penarth.