Sep 27, 2018 - Day 40 - 44º34'N 008º01'W to A Coruña

Summary
On the last stretch to A Coruña, the wind died and we got stuck in sudden and extremely dense fog. Luckily it cleared just enough to enter the harbor when we approached the Spanish shore.

Sea Area
Bay of Biscay

Weather
Clear skies in the morning, then sudden fog with visibility < 50 m until afternoon. Then slightly clearing up to visibility ~3 cable. Winds E 2-3 in the early morning, then shifting S, later SW, decreasing to 0-1. Seas 1-2 m at first, then decreasing to 0.5 m. Pressure 1023 slightly increasing to 1025 in the afternoon. Min. temp.: 18ºC, max. temp.: 22ºC.

Nautical Log
00:00 - jib, main and mizzen still up, HDG 220
01:30 - motor on
04:00 - take down main
06:30 - HDG 200
10:30 - all sails down
12:55 - HDG 180
15:00 - sail past Tower of Hercules to meet with Helmut
16:00 - pilotage into A Coruña, Marina Coruña
16:30 - arrived in A Coruña

Incidents
none

Sightings
08:20 - land
10:00 - dolphins

Maintenance Log
no entry

Other
Started new log book.

Mileage (over ground)
Today: 77.0 nm
Total: 1424.8 nm

Sep 26, 2018 - Day 39 - 46º08'N 006º43'W to 44º34'N 008º01'W

Summary
The winds have been shifting slightly from NE to ENE still fresh to strong building quite some seas. We are making great time and with a little imagination we can feel that it is getting slightly warmer with every minute in latitude that we sail South. Michelle is feeling miserably, the seas are not dangerously high but high enough to let the boat rock and roll constantly. The dogs are doing great, but they are a little scared trying to stay close to whomever is on free watch.

Sea Area
Bay of Biscay

Weather
Nonstop clear skies and full moon. Winds NE to ENE between 5-6 in the early morning, and decreasing to 3-4 in the late night. Seas 3 m at first, over the day decreasing to 2 m in the late evening. Pressure 1029 decreasing to 1024 in the late night. Min. temp.: 18ºC, max. temp.: 20ºC.

Nautical Log
00:00 - jib and mizzen are still up, HDG 205 (to get a little more comfortable angle to the seas)
08:40 - hoist main
09:00 - HDG 220
13:00 - motor on (battery charging)
15:00 - motor off

Incidents
none

Sightings
none

Maintenance Log
no entry

Other
no entry

Mileage (over ground)
Today: 111.0 nm
Total: 1.347.8 nm


Sep 25, 2018 - Day 38 - 47º49'N 005º45'W to 46º08'N 006º43'W

Summary
The wind is still coming from NE to E, not worryingly strong but uncomfortably strong. The seas from a little abaft than abeam is shaking us unpleasantly and are taking their toll. Michelle is permanently seasick, I am not feeling too well, either. The constantly clear skies provide pleasant temperatures during the day, but as soon as the sun is gone it is getting cold.

Sea Area
Bay of Biscay

Weather
Nonstop clear skies and (almost) full moon. Winds NE to E between 4-6. Seas 3 m. Pressure 1035 decreasing 1030 in the late evening. Min. temp.: 12ºC, max. temp.: 19ºC.

Nautical Log
00:00 - jib and mizzen are still up, HDG 240
04:25 - hoist main
13:45 - HDG 200/COG 200
15:15 - HDG 190/COG 188
20:40 - reef away main

Incidents
none

Sightings
various sightings of dolphins
17:30 - whale sighted, possibly sperm whale, very close, approximately 30 m on port side

Maintenance Log
none

Other
none

Mileage (over ground)
Today: 113.4 nm
Total: 1.236.8 nm

Sep 24, 2018 - Day 37 - Camaret-sur-Mer to 47º49'N 005º45'W

Summary
Finally we have Easterly winds. All forecast models agree they will last for at least four days, fresh to strong mostly but at least coming from the right directions. After the pilotage and leaving the rocks and sprinkled islands behind us we should be able to set direct course to La Coruna. So we bunker water and start the crossing of the Bay of Biscay.

Sea Area
Celtic Sea, Bay of Biscay

Weather
Clear skies for the entire day. Winds NE 2-3 in the morning, then shifting E in the afternoon, dying around 15:00. Shifting back to NE in the evening increasing 5-6 in the night. Seas 0.5 m at first, increasing to 2-3 m in the late evening. Pressure 1036 no change. Min. temp.: 12ºC, max. temp.: 20ºC.

Nautical Log
10:40 - motor on, moving boat in reach for water hose
10:50 - bunkering water
11:15 - departure from Camaret-sur-Mer
11:30 - hoist main, jib, genoa, motor off
11:55 - HDG 280/COG 270
12:00 - hoist mizzen
13:15 - sail config. butterfly, HDG 245/COG 249
13:20 - HDG 260/COG 265
14:00 - HDG 220/COG 237, cancel sail config. butterfly
14:25 - HDG 230/COG 228
15:20 - motor on
16:35 - motor off, sail config. butterfly, HDG 245/COG 250
19:00 - HDG 270/COG 270
20:00 - HDG 240/COG 220, take down main
22:00 - take down genoa

Incidents
none

Sightings
13:00 - ‘feeding frenzy’ with seabirds and dolphins
15:30 - passed by French frigate Aquitaine conducting man overboard drills

Maintenance Log
none

Other
none

Mileage (over ground)
Today: 60.6 nm
Total: 1.123.4 nm

Sep 16-23, 2018 - Days 29-36 - Camaret-sur-Mer

Summary
I have gone over to pull together the harbor days in only one log entry. Camaret-sur-Mer had been recommended to us not only once so I thought we need to give it a try. For sailors waiting for a good weather window before crossing the Celtic Sea or de Bay of Biscay, this is a great place, provides great shelter, basic amenities and exciting scenery. The marina also provides visitor buoys for half of the mooring fees, which is a great deal. Also sailors save around 2 hrs transit time compared to the marinas in Brest.

Sea Area
Celtic Sea, Bay of Biscay

Weather
During our stay the weather is mixed with clear skies but also days of constant rain. We had the storms Helene and Ali passing us in the North and bringing in some gale force winds into Camaret. However the marina is well sheltered, so no problem at all.

Nautical Log
none

Incidents
boarded by French customs on Sep 20

Sightings
met with “Wappen von Bremen” on Sep 20

Maintenance Log
spattled and painted dent
replenished water and fuel

Other

Mileage (over ground)
Total: 1.062,8 nm

Sep 15, 2018 - Day 28 - 48º18'N 004º38'W to Camaret-sur-Mer

Sea Area
Atlantic, Biscay, Avant-Goulet de Brest

Weather
2/8 at first, then clearing up in early morning for rest of the day. Winds variable 1, later S 2, decreasing 1 in the evening. Seas calm. Pressure 1025-1024 all day. Min. temp.: 12ºC, max. temp.: 23ºC.

Nautical Log
02:00 - drop anchor and secondary anchor (stern) at 48º17.086’N 004º35.670’W, marina looks full, not enough light to safely enter marina
05:00 - checking on anchor: OK
07:00 - checking on anchor: OK
10:00 - checking on anchor: OK
11:00 - hoist anchors, motor on, proceed to marina Vauban in Camaret-sur-Mer
11:35 - arrival at Camaret-sur-Mer, motor off

Incidents
none

Sightings
none

Maintenance Log
none

Other
none

Mileage (over ground)
Today: 5.8 nm
Total: 1062.8 nm

Sep 14, 2018 - Day 27 - 49º23'N 004º08'W to 48º18'N 004º38'W

Sea Area
English Channel W (Plymouth), Atlantic, Biscay

Weather
4/8 to 8/8 in early morning, clearing to 2/8 in early evening. Wind WNW 3 at first, then decreasing 2 around 06:00, then shifting SW 3-4, increasing 5, decreasing 1 in the evening. Seas 1 m at first, then swell 3 m, wind seas 0.5 m, later only swell. Pressure 1024-1025 all day. Min. temp.: 14ºC, max. temp.: 19ºC.

Nautical Log
Main, genoa, jib 1, mizzen set from previous day.
04:00 - HDG 175/COG 195
06:00 - HDG 165/COG 160
06:15 - motor on
06:35 - HDG 210/COG 195, reef away genoa
07:45 - HDG 270/COG 280
08:00 - HDG 270/COG 285, un-reef genoa
10:00 - HDG 280/COG 300
11:00 - HDG 185/COG 165
11:45 - motor off
12:00 - HDG 172/COG 165
14:00 - HDG 177/COG 191
16:00 - HDG 188/COG 215, reef away genoa, motor on
16:05 - HDG 240/COG 240
18:00 - HDG 220/COG 205
21:00 - entering pilotage into Chenal du Four, take down main and jib 1
23:15 - entering pilotage into Avant-Goulet de Brest, sudden races and confused seas at entry of Avant-Goulet due to tides in opposite directions

Incidents
none

Sightings
15:55 - school of 3-4 dolphins, later identified as Common Dolphins, coming right to the boat
18:30 - school of 8-12 dolphins, later identified as Common Dolphins, coming right to the boat
19:00 - possible sighting of Basking Shark, no photo proof

Maintenance Log
none

Other
16:30 - passing lighthouse Ile de Vierge, leaving the English Channel
23:00 - ‘boiling water’ = confused seas and sudden races despite 0-1 Bft due to tides out of Avant-Goulet de Brest setting W meeting tides in Chenal du Four setting S. Assume possibly dangerous in fresh/strong W winds.

Mileage (over ground)
Today: 91.1 nm
Total: 1057.0 nm

Sep 13, 2018 - Day 26 - 50º12'N 001º50'W to 49º23'N 004º08'W

Sea Area
English Channel W (Portland, Plymouth)

Weather
Clear to 2/8 skies all day. Winds NE 3-4 till noon, then sudden shift to WNW, later to NW. Sea 0.5-1.0 m at first, increasing to 1.5 m in the evening. Pressure 1023-1025 all day. Min. temp.: 15ºC, max. temp.: 21ºC.

Nautical Log
Main, genoa and mizzen set from previous day.
06:00 - HDG 243/240 COG
08:00 - HDG 260/258 COG
08:45 - motor on
10:00 - motor off
12:45 - motor on
13:45 - HDG 230/COG 225
14:00 - motor off
16:00 - HDG 2125/COG 215
19:00 - motor on
20:00 - HDG 250/COG 225
22:00 - HDG 255/COG 240

Incidents
none

Sightings
19:45 - passing M/S Queen Elisabeth

Maintenance Log
none

Other
none

Mileage (over ground)
Today: 107.6 nm
Total: 965.9 nm

Sep 12, 2018 - Day 25 - 50º09'N 000º17'E to 50º12'N 001º50'W

Sea Area
English Channel E (Wight, Portland)

Weather
Overcast in early morning, misty with shower squalls and rain all day, clearing up to 2/8 around midnight. Winds NW 4-5, shifting SW around 06:00, sudden shift to N /NE in late morning, decreasing 3 around midnight. Sea 1-2 m, increasing 2 m, then decreasing 1 m in late evening. Pressure 1019 increasing 1024. Min. temp.: 15ºC, max. temp.: 18ºC.

Nautical Log
With prevailing W wind head N as planned, then waiting for predicted N/NE shift. Cannot go further N due to TSS. Tide makes tacking impossible. Wind shift to N happens around 09:00. Head NW to gain better position for predicted W shift.

02:15 - reef away genoa
02:20 - course 205 mag/190 chart
03:00 - course 195 mag/190 chart
06:30 - course 325 mag/305 chart, motor on
08:00 - course 318 mag/300 chart
08:50 - course 355 mag/352 chart to avoid M/V
09:10 - course 265 mag/255 chart, un-reef genoa
09:30 - motor off
10:45 - course 270 mag/250 COG
11:05 - motor on
12:00 - HDG 285/ COG 280
14:00 - HDG 280/COG 280, motor off
18:00 - HDG 260/COG 262
18:35 - HDG 305/COG 280
20:00 - HDG 310/COG 290
22:00 - HDG 290/COG 295
22:10 - motor on

Incidents
none

Sightings
none

Maintenance Log
none

Other
07:55 - Crossed Greenwich meridian W bound

Mileage (over ground)
Today: 111.9 nm
Total: 858.3 nm

Sep 11, 2018 - Day 24 - Saint-Valery-en-Caux to 50º09'N 000º17'E

Sea Area
English Channel E (Wight, Portland)

Weather
4/8 at first then clearing up around sunset. Winds SW 2 shifting to NW in the evening, increasing to 5, gusts 6 in the afternoon, decreasing to 3 in the late evening. Sea 2 m, decreasing to 1.5 m in the evening. Pressure 1021-1022 all day. Min. temp.: 18ºC, max. temp.: 26ºC.

Nautical Log
Decided to take afternoon HW for departure to be able to benefit from predicted N wind window. Use prevailing W/SW winds to make way to N to have good starting point for passage through English Channel W when winds will shift back to W.

15:20 - motor on
15:20 - departure
15:30 - pass sea gate and raw bridge outgoing
15:50 - hoist main and jib 1, motor off
16:00 - course 330º mag/315º chart
17:30 - course 308º mag/293º chart
20:00 - hoist genoa
20:15 - hoist mizzen
21:00 - course 310º chart
22:00 - course 005º chart
22:20 - course 205º mag/140º chart
22:45 - course 350º mag/045º chart
23:00 - motor on
23:30 - motor off
24:00 - course 330º mag/020º chart

Incidents
none

Sightings
none

Maintenance Log
none

Other
none

Mileage (over ground)
Today: 32.0 nm
Total: 746.4 nm

Sep 09, 2018 - Day 22 - Saint-Valery-en-Caux

Sea Area
English Channel E (Wight)

Weather
2/8-4/8 cumulus clouds. Wind W shifting to SW 2-3, decreasing to 1-2 in the evening. Pressure 1019 constant over day, increasing 2021 in the late evening. Min. temp.: 16ºC, max. temp.: 28ºC.

Nautical Log
none

Incidents
none

Sightings
none

Maintenance Log
none

Other
none

Mileage (over ground)
Today: 0 nm
Total: 714.4 nm

Sep 08, 2018 - Day 21 - Saint-Valery-en-Caux

Sea Area
English Channel E (Wight)

Weather
8/8 overcast clearing to 6/8 in the afternoon. Wind W 2-3 decreasing to 1 in the afternoon. Min. temp.: 14ºC, max. temp.: 23ºC.

Nautical Log
Originally planned to take late night HW for departure. Decision was changed as it becomes clear that fresh to strong W winds will prevail in target sea areas.

Incidents
none

Sightings
none

Maintenance Log
none

Other
Replenished fresh water

Mileage (over ground)
Today: 0
Total: 714.4 nm

Sep 07, 2018 - Day 20 - Saint-Valery-en-Caux

Sea Area
English Channel E (Wight)

Weather
4/8 all day with W 3 all day, decreasing to 1 in the evening. Pressure 1016 increasing to 1019. Min. temp.: 15ºC, max. temp.: 26ºC.

Nautical Log
05:45 - motor on, transit to berth
06:30 - moored at berth, motor off

Incidents
05:40 - boat was untied by unknown, drifted through marina basin, collided softly with three boats. No damage.
09:30 - report incident to harbor master
16:00 - police conducts passport control

Sightings
none

Maintenance Log
Purchased 2x 10m mooring lines, blocks for main sail sheath, spare water pump, brushes and sikaflex.

Other
none

Mileage (over ground)
Today: 0.1 nm
Total: 714.4 nm

Sep 06, 2018 - Day 19 - 50º15'N 001º03'E to Saint-Valery-en-Caux

Sea Area
English Channel E

Weather
8/8 till noon, then clearing up to 4/8, overcast in the evening. Wind N 4, decreasing a little 3 around noon, shifting NW, decreasing 1 in the evening. Sea 1.0 to 1.5 m. Pressure 1017 decreasing slightly to 1015. Min. temp.: 17ºC, max. temp.: 24ºC.

Nautical Log
04:40 - course 080º mag (waiting pattern)
05:30 - course 260º mag
07:10 - motor on, sails down
08:20 - arrival in Saint-Valery-en-Caux, motor off

Incidents
none

Sightings
none

Maintenance Log
none

Other
none

Mileage (over ground)
Today: 32.3 nm
Total: 714.3 nm

Sep 05, 2018 - Day 18 - Dunkerque to 50º15'N 001º03'E

Sea Area
North Sea, SW North Sea, English Channel E

Weather
8/8 all day, misty in the morning. Wind N 4, increasing 5 in the evening. Sea 1.5 m increasing 2 m, later decreasing 1 m. Pressure constant around 1018. Min. temp.: 17ºC, max. temp.: 19ºC.

Nautical Log
08:45 - Departure from Dunkerque
09:15 - unreef genoa, course 280º mag/265 chart
09:35 - course 265º mag/250º chart
11:25 - hoist main, motor off
11:35 - hoist mizzen
13:20 - 250º mag/245º chart
14:35 - 245º mag
15:15 - 200º mag/206º chart
16:15 - 170º mag
16:50 - 220º mag
19:50 - 215º mag
20:00 - 210º mag

Incidents
none

Sightings
none

Maintenance Log
none

Other
Entered English Channel around noon.

Mileage (over ground)
Today: 79.1 nm
Total: 682.0 nm

Sep 04, 2018 - Day 17 - Dunkerque

Sea Area
North Sea, SW North Sea

Weather
8/8 all day with rain and shower squalls until early afternoon. Wind N 4-5 later increasing 5 gusts 6. Pressure 1017 slightly increasing to 1019 in the late evening. Min. temp.: 17ºC, max. temp.: 18ºC.

Nautical Log
none

Incidents
none

Sightings
none

Maintenance Log
One layer over open scratches/dents painted.

Other
Replenished some fresh food.

Mileage (over ground)
Today: 0 nm
Total: 602.9 nm

 

Sep 03, 2018 - Day 16 - 51º54'N 003º30'E to Dunkerque

Sea Area
North Sea, SW North Sea

Weather
Clear around midnight, then 4/8 towards sunrise, then clearing again, increasing to 8/8 in the evening. Wind ENE to NE 3-4 at first, in late afternoon shifting N. Sea 1.5 m, decreasing to 0.5 m. Pressure 1021 decreasing to 1018 in the evening. Min. temp.: 18ºC, max. temp.: 24ºC.

Nautical Log
01:05 - unreef genoa, course 245º mag
03:05 - course 195º mag
04:00 - course 230º mag
05:45 - course 270º mag
07:15 - course 220º mag
07:40 - motor on
09:30 - course 240º mag
10:50 - course 195º mag
11:10 - motor off
11:15 - motor on
12:05 - course 205º mag
12:10 - course 210º mag
13:00 - entering pilotage Dunkerque
13:20 - reef away genoa, take down jib 1, take down mizzen
15:30 - moored in Dunkerque, motor off

Incidents
none

Sightings
none

Maintenance Log
none

Other
Dogs went independently and used the doggy yard for the first time.

Mileage (over ground)
Today: 65.2 nm
Total: 602.9 nm

Sep 02, 2018 - Day 15 - 52º55'N 004º35'E to 51º54'N 003º30'E

Sea Area
North Sea, SW North Sea

Weather
Clear at first, 4/8 in the afternoon, then clearing again. Wind ESE 4, decreasing to 1 at noon, then shifting NE increasing 4-5 in the evening. Sea 0.5 m at first, increasing to 1.0 m in the evening. Pressure 1027 decreasing to 1021 over the day. Min. temp.: 15ºC, max. temp.: 26ºC.

Nautical Log
00:30 - reef away genoa
05:40 - course 170º
07:10 - unreel genoa
07:30 - course 195º
08:15 - motor on
08:55 - course 205º
10:00 - motor off
11:40 - motor on
13:50 - course 235º mag/230º chart
14:15 - motor off
14:45 - course 240º mag/225º chart
18:00 - reef away genoa
19:00 - course 230º mag/225º chart
23:50 - course 250º mag

Incidents
Paint is pealing off at 2 spots. Needs to be repainted.

Sightings
13:00 - sighted group of min. 4 swine whales.

Maintenance Log
none

Other
none

Mileage (over ground)
Today: 86.2 nm
Total: 537.7 nm

Sep 01, 2018 - Day 14 - 53º40'N 006º20'E to 52º55'N 004º35'E

Sea Area
North Sea, West Fresian Islands, SW North Sea

Weather
2/8 to 4/8 later clear. Wind NW 3 shifting SW decreasing a little, later shifting NE, increasing to 3-4. Sea 1-2 m, decreasing to 0.5 m. Pressure 1024 increasing to 1027 until noon, then stable at 1027.  Min. temp.: 16ºC, max. temp.: 25ºC.

Nautical Log
05:00 - motor sailing
06:00 - proceeding under sail
07:15 - motor sailing, course 255º
14:20 - hoist genoa, motor off, course 275º
15:00 - course 215º, motor on
15:20 - genoa reefed to jib size
16:00 - take down genoa
19:00 - course 210º
20:45 - unreef genoa
21:35 - course 190º
23:40 - motor off

Incidents
none

Sightings
none

Maintenance Log
Stbd and bb nav light replaced by led nav lights. Search light repaired.

Other
none

Mileage (over ground)
Today: 84.4 nm
Total: 451.5 nm