August 18, 2009
Tuesday 18th August. Portpatrick, Scotland to Bangor, NI. 5 hours, 25 nm.
Not the brightest decision to cross the North Channel in the weather as it turned out. The reality was significantly different from the inshore forecast which have been consistently poor
We set off in 22 knots of SW and ended up in mid North Channel with 28-30 knots and 2/3 metre waves. I’d forgotten (did I ever know?) how rough this stretch of water can be. Used the engine all the time plus reefed genoa for the first couple of hours
I capped this all by trying to fit my little finger through the turning block for the genoa sheet when we eventually ditched the sail. Blood mixed with seawater all over the sheets and in the cockpit is not a pretty sight!!
Thankfully in marina by 1600 hours. Cost me (another) meal out!! Not easy to eat one handed
Forecast for well into next week is poor. Strong winds
Really am getting fed up of the poor weather, like many others I suspect!!