A troubling beginning to the day when the engine failed to start first time. So we decided to keep it on all the way to St Peter Port. This was a very good decision as it turned out that the engine battery had completely failed – and it was very hot by the end of the trip.
Many thanks to Bobby Roland from Boat Mechanical Repairs (BMR) in Guernsey for installing replacement batteries for us (we went for replacing all three as the domestic batteries were not in good condition either).
Otherwise it was a smooth trip. This time we saw both Sark and Herm.
The Jersey to Guernsey trip is not possible in Molia within a single tide – we will always arrive at Guernsey after the tide has dropped past the sill at St Peter Port, even if we leave St Helier marina as soon as possible.
The harbour master kindly allowed us to tie up to the outer pontoons at St Peter Port that have access to the shore (and water but no power).
Our new batteries.
Herm – 5 July 2003
As we were staying in Guernsey for a day to wait for optimum conditions for the channel crossing to Portland, we took a trip to Herm island on the Trident ferry (http://www.traveltrident.com/ – not secure).
Highly recommended – Herm is incredibly beautiful and peaceful. It has no cars and no bikes! – not that one would be necessary – it is too small. It takes about 2.5 hours to walk completely around the island not counting coffee stops.
There are beach cafes, pubs, a shop and a hotel.
A visit to Saint Tugual’s Chapel is highly recommended.
Will joined us for the trip across The Channel to Guernsey.
A very early start with the tide out along Portland Bill.
Sunrise off Portland Bill 0520.
Visibility about 3 miles when crossing the Traffic Separation Zone (TSZ) north of Alderney. Then punching the tide for a bit before sighting Guernsey, and moving fast down the channel between Guernsey and Sark.
Dolphins visited along the way!
We tied up outside the harbour to wait for enough water to enter, and went for a pizza! We got in the harbour just before 10 pm.
Many thanks to Will for helping us get here!
11 June 2023
Staying in Guernsey for a day – Will has to go home this evening.
Coming out of Dartmouth to start our crossing of Lyme Bay was quite windy – and not in the direction forecast! We made a few tacks, and then decided to go right into the bay as far as Torquay to get a better angle. By the afternoon, the predicted drop in the wind and blue sky appeared and we motored the remaining distance across.
Arriving at the Bill of Portland at just the right moment, we followed a local boat (from Paignton we learned later in the evening) round the Bill on the ‘inside track’. The tide on the west side is going south at the same time as the last remains of the ebb further out. This means you get whirled around the Bill to meet the flood going up to Portland on the other side.
We did 10 knots across the ground (video) going past the lighthouse!
A well deserved dinner at the excellent ‘The Kitchen’ restaurant on the harbour.
This is the end of part one – the next instalment is our plan to go to Jersey.
We decided to have a go at the next leg to Dartmouth as the weather forecast was showing a gradual lowering of the wind speed (from the East) over the day.
All quiet going out of Plymouth. We had 26 knots across the deck at Bolt Head (near Salcombe) and the wind and sea state dropped as promised for the last leg in Start Bay. We had the second reef in all day!