The voyage begins!

Starcross Yacht Club recedes into the distance.

To quote Shakespeare:

There is a tide in the affairs of men
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat,
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures.

A bit dramatic perhaps! It’s a quote I have often repeated to myself at key decision points in my life. And as decisions go this is amongst the most significant I have made. The weather was set fair and we rode the current past Portland Bill and into Poole to a very calm anchorage behind Brownsea Island.

Sunset over Old Harry Rocks

Yesterday was a shorter trip, mostly tacking against a head wind, which brought me to Lymington to the recently upgraded Town quay. No dramas (!).

As the easterlies diminish, hopefully after the weekend, I shall be making my onward passage to Ramsgate before turning left, and turning left and turning left and so on! Well hopefully it will be a bit more interesting than that!

In case you were wondering – Thalmia is behaving very well and the skipper is doing well also! Next update hopefully from Ramsgate! Thanks for following me!

Published by Derek

Having started sailing later in life I have migrated from a 14ft dinghy via a Sadler 26 to a 32ft Westerly Fulmar. I sail mostly single handed in the South West from the Solent to the Scillies or across to the Channel Islands and ajacent French coast. In 2020 I planned to sail mostly single handed around Britain. Due to Covid-19 this was unfortunately not possible. I am now hoping to embark on that challenge in April 2021. CV - Covid Volente!

16 thoughts on “The voyage begins!

  1. Derek,hope all is going well.Now I’m not much of a sailor but am I correct that you would like these keen N Easterleys to calm down?

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    1. Too right Dave! Currently stuck in and around the Solent! Not quite storm bound but very frustrating! Hey Ho such is the life of a sailor!

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  2. I suspect your getting the full on easterlies that I’m getting in the Solent and look like lasting fir a few more days so you’re not missing much not being launched!

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  3. Derek

    We are delighted for you that the voyage has begun!

    We watch from afar with great interest and some envy.

    Regards

    Kiwi Phil & Theresa

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  4. Great news Derek. Not directly relevant to Thalia but I hope you know why I say that I hope you left Mrs Thalmia in good fettle. Cheers and good sailing. Jim

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    1. Thanks Jim, the number one lady in my life (above Thalmia!) is in fine fettle. It’s great to have video comms in this technology rich age!

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  5. Sorry I missed you rounding Portland Bill! Glad you’ve had fair weather so far. Safe sailing & enjoy the calm nights! Looking forward to your next update Derek!
    Marieke x

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  6. Good progress Derek. During the current easterlies you might want to venture the short distance to Newtown Creek where there is buoyage/anchorage.
    Beaulieu is worth a trip and there is river moorings at sensible prices but no services.
    Chichester is also a short hop but can be a tricky entrance.
    Take care and enjoy.
    Krith

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    1. Thanks Keith. Those are all on my radar. Newtown and Beaulieu I’ve visited before and like them a lot. Chichester would be a good place to be waiting for better winds. It’ll be a last minute decision en route as I move a bit further east but in the shelter of Solent harbours!

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  7. Great News. All the very, very best and luck of course. Stuart

    Sent from my iPhone

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  8. Derek I didn’t know you were getting going or I would have wished you well before. I hope bodily and maritime equipment perform well and the passage is interesting to the optimal degree. Best wishes Alan

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  9. Thankyou for the update Derek. We will be following you with interest. Be safe. Wendy

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