Dartmouth to Plymouth – Day 2

Day 2 – Saturday, 8 August 2020

Sailing to Plymouth

There was a bit of wind off Dartmouth, then it was calm and we motored across Start Bay. After rounding Start Point the wind improved and we sailed most of the rest of the way into Plymouth.

We stayed at the Plymouth Yacht Haven marina. A very sheltered mooring and good marina facilities; but there is not much in the neighbourhood. We walked over the hill into Turnchapel to get supplies and a Chinese take-away (which was fine) – but it is a bit of a run-down area.

Return from Portland – Day 1

A 7-day voyage bringing Molia back from Portland Marina to Portishead.

Day 1 – Friday, 7 August 2020

Portland to Dartmouth

Sunrise to sunset.

Molia in Darthaven Marina. We went to the Steam Packet Inn for dinner – excellent pizzas (and Covid precautions handled well). We sat upstairs with a great view of the marina. Recommended!

Competent Crew

The newly promoted competent crew (Niv and Steve) accompanied this time by Lou.

The ‘usual’ visit to the cruise liners, then Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove. Perfect day with a 10-12 knot easterly. 28 NM.

Allman Visit

Mike, Clare, Will, Meg and Angus visited Moila Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 July. We played Uno on Tuesday evening, and went for a sail on Wednesday.

Molia’s youngest helm to date!

Visiting the cruise liners, then on to Durdle Door. Perfect day with a 8-10 knot easterly, and some sea breeze. 21 NM.

We took delivery of a new flagstaff and ensign.

Dartmouth to Weymouth

60 NM in very little wind. We motored most of the way with a strong tide with us. We made very good time and got to Portland Bill at about slack water. We then followed the advice of the pilot book and gave it a wide berth (3-4 NM) – we went around both the Shambles bank cardinals. This paid off massively as the tide turned against. We watched two yachts who were trying to use the inner channel get swept backwards, and then eventually have to give up!

Leaving Dartmouth at 0600
Dolphins off the bow
Molia in Weymouth 1643