Crossing the Channel

The water in St Peter Port was high enough at 5:20 to make it across the sill and take advantage of the tide pushing us to Alderney.

You can tell be are getting better at maneuvering Tioga in close quarters as we got up at 5:30, woke up the Kiwis next door, untied them and then us, and crossed the sill just 15min later. No marks left in the harbor.
On the other hand, we still have to learn how to read the light signals a little better as we apparently ran a red light light when leaving the overall harbor while the high speed ferry came in…

Anyways,
we had 3-4kn current pushing us all the way up to Alderney, a nice sunrise (and no more rain) and a good breeze. The forecast was right on as the wind shifted from the NW to W throughout the day. In hindsight, we could have steered an initially much lower course to sail faster, as the change in tide pushed us up wind throughout the second half of  the crossing and forced us to sail dead downwind into the Solent.

This was our second time close to a traffic separation zone and as before our AIS system proved to be working very well. We could see the freighters before they came over the horizon and position us to cross the busy shipping lanes safely.

The Isle of Wight’s Needles were visible from quite a distance and it was a special moment for us sailing close past this famous landmark. As this week is Cowes week, we were not able to get a slip in Cowes before Sunday and therefore made landfall in Lymington. A very nice harbor with three marinas, lots of sailboats & ferries and an active dinghy sailing program (with a huge seawater pool). We had just tied up to another boat when the Sheppard’s Pie made it to the cockpit for another nice dinner…
A little shopping therapy on Sunday morning  lifted our spirits even more and filled the fridge.

We had called Yachtline when we arrived in England to formally check in (there are no formal ports of entry in the UK anymore) and were happy to see that after a couple of clarifying calls our inspection by customs in Guernsey was sufficient to enter the UK.

  Isle of Wight - NeedlesChannel Traffic

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One thought on “Crossing the Channel

  1. Wonderful sharing your adventures vicariously
    You will love Cowes
    Try to wangle a look at the Royal Yacht Squadron which was one of Henry 8th’s castles
    Warmest salutations and congratulations so far from
    Ed

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