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  1. #41
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    Default Re: Baltimore 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by PhillM View Post
    Sounding good and sounds like you are ahead of me.

    My next decision is what to stow for heavy weather. By all accounts a Jordan Series is the answer. Thing is I’m short on budget and time to learn how to use one. Decisions, decisions!

    Same funds and time issues for me on the drogue I am afraid, If it’s stormy on June 16, my strategy is to remain in Plymouth until a good weather window appears.


    Heading off to Harwich tomorrow and then will try to sail to IJmuiden. Crossing the North Sea single handed will be a first for me, so we’ll see how it goes. Weather looks pretty benign this week, so hopefully it won’t be a too arduous passage.

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    It might be chilly, but good to practice staying down below (or sitting at the hatch). The North Sea is probably harder to cat nap than most other places because of shipping, navigation and wind farms. At least you should have a fair wind which makes a difference.

    Have a good trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gitane View Post
    Same funds and time issues for me on the drogue I am afraid, If it’s stormy on June 16, my strategy is to remain in Plymouth until a good weather window appears.


    Heading off to Harwich tomorrow and then will try to sail to IJmuiden. Crossing the North Sea single handed will be a first for me, so we’ll see how it goes. Weather looks pretty benign this week, so hopefully it won’t be a too arduous passage.
    Hope it goes well Ron.
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    Default Re: Baltimore 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by MoodySabre View Post
    Hope it goes well Ron.
    Thanks Roger.

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    Well, Holland didn’t happen.

    Pye-end was right, the forecast for Holland now shows cold and wet, and once over there, windy at times. Not much fun. I don’t like the cold so Holland will have to wait until things warm up a bit.

    Still want to do a 100 miles overnight practise run.

    Now looking to leave Bradwell and head towards near Lowestoft and back, timed so that I do the bit north of Harwich during the night. My guess is that once North of the N Shipwash NCM, that traffic will be light, so can get some catnaps. Does anybody know that bit of water, is it indeed pretty empty?


    The other thought with this plan is that I am always a few hours away from a safe harbour. As this is the first time I will do such a passage, then maybe this option is better than discovering something I don’t know about in the middle of the North Sea 60 miles away from land.
    Last edited by Gitane; 02-05-19 at 11:17.

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    There are often vessels anchored a few miles off Southwold. It doesn't show as an anchorage but a "Transhipment area" Otherwise quiet until nearer Lowestoft.
    Not all who wander are lost

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    Default Re: Baltimore 2019

    If anyone gets stuck for moorings in Plymouth, PM me. We may be able to help.
    I think, therefore I am. I am, therefore I sail.

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    Default Re: Baltimore 2019

    Perhaps easier from where I am, but I did my practiced 'time out alone' mainly SW of Boulogne. Nice patch of water largely away from ships (quite a few fishy boats though). The first 24 hours or so was busy so virtually no sleep, so nicely set up for the learning experience for the following day or two, and plenty of ports to go into once you feel that sufficient learning had been achieved!

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    OK, third time lucky, previous messages were deleted by accident.

    I did the 100 miles 24 hrs practise trip earlier his week. Actually it was 26 hrs, but ended being only 97 miles logged as I stopped short due to strong winds being forecast. The passage ended up being from Bradwell to Sizewell and then back to Shotley, instead of back to Bradwell as intended.

    For those who are contemplating their first solo overnight practise passage, below is what I learnt from this, for me, a new experience. Note though that I chose a night of benign weather with winds of F3 or less through the night and F4 during day.

    1) There be no dragons that appear if you are sailing after dark. The sea and boat behaves exactly the same in the dark as in the light.
    2) Even though it was a moonless night, I could see all my lines and sails without having to use a torch.
    3) It was a cold night (5 deg C), so I focused on staying in the cabin or at the hatch with the washboards in place as much as possible. I only twice went into the cockpit during the night to adjust our course.
    4) For sleep, I did the 10 minute routine, using a cheap egg timer to keep track of timings. Egg timers are easier to use with gloves on than a mobile phone. I would set the timer, sleep for 10 minutes, be woken by the timer, stick my head out the hatch to check for shipping, quickly checked the chart plotter to see that I was still on course and the AIS, then went back to sleep. This worked and I got through the night and was reasonably awake the following day. However, I was tired and needed some extra sleep when I got into Shotley, but I would have quite happily sailed on the extra miles to Bradwell. Incidentally, I saw no ships in my path during the night.
    5) My 100 watt solar panel mounted on top of the sprayhood kept up with the demands of the VHF, Chartplotter and AIS on the Tablet, Tillerpilot and LED NAV lights. Batteries remained in the normal range and only took a few minutes to recover to fully charged at the end of the voyage.
    6) During the night I slept fully clothed under a sleeping bag, which kept me warm. The only addition next time is a thermal insulation mat to sleep on, as the cabin seat cushions are not thermally insulated and thus drained away heat.
    7) I would say that a tiller pilot or windvane is essential if sailing solo for longer distances, and I would even strongly recommend a chartplotter for navigation. Given the many shallows and sandbanks on my route, I would have found it difficult to do pilotage navigation in the dark when tired and also do all the other things that need to be done to keep boat and myself on even keel. AIS is certainly nice and makes navigating around large ships easier, but it is probably possible to do solo passages without it if one sticks to the 10-20 minute sleep routine.
    Last edited by Gitane; 10-05-19 at 23:13.

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    Default Re: Baltimore 2019

    Well done Gitane. A useful exercise for you and one you obviously enjoyed.

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