The inshore forecast gave W to NW F6-7, Gale 8 later, so, unsurprisingly, we were the only boat out! The National Coastwatch Institute volunteers, based in a WW2 gun battery observation post at Froward Point to the east of the Dart entrance, were reassured when we called them on the radio to tell them that we were out for a play rather than setting off on a passage.
|Looking back toward the Dart Estuary. Froward Point is next to the right of the photo|
|There may be trouble ahead. A rain squall, bringing lots of wind, approaches us from Start Point|
|Reaching out towards the sun|
|Beating back in to Dartmouth, lee rail submerged|
|The blue made-to-measure cover completely encloses the cockpit to help keep Maunie snug|
It looks as though we'll have much more time on Maunie than we thought this year. Graham's job hasn't worked out as he'd hoped, sadly, and so he's decided that sanity and enjoyment of life should prevail. This means we'll get the opportunity to do a refit of Maunie this summer as well as getting some decent UK and Ireland cruising. We'll update the blog as we go.