Welcome to England

by Adrian on September 23, 2010

The last 24 hours of our trip were quite busy. Once around the Ushant TSS we were into the English Channel and the associated shipping lanes and traffic.

The wind stayed from the south west, but increased to 15-20 knots, allowing us to sail. We threaded our way across the main east-west shipping lane and then set course for Plymouth.

Unsurprisingly, that’s when the heavens opened and it started to rain. We plugged on through rain showers with the temperature getting cooler as we sailed north.

We finally approached Plymouth harbour just after midnight, tired but pleased that the end was in sight.

It’s interesting how different a harbour looks at night with a multitude of different navigation lights and signals marking the way (see chartlet below!) mixed in with town lights confusing the issue.

With rusty (but obviously sound) pilotage skills and tired eyes we crept our way into the harbour by locating and navigating between different buoyed lights, past the outer breakwater and along narrow channels to our destination marina.

The visitor berths were all full and the marina deserted so after silently nosing around we found and slipped into an empty pontoon for the night.

We tidied the boat up and collapsed after a brief rest, a glass of wine (for Jax) and a bit of self congratulation.

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