Monday, 30 September 2013

Into the west; a sail towards Papa Stour...

With southerly winds and good tides we set out from Voe at 6.45am with the hope of taking Märta to Papa Stour and may be even round her. The limiting factor we thought would be the daylight and  relatively slow speed of the yacht.

The tide was with us and the with a strong, but gusty wind we were making good time and averaging around 5 knots as we headed out west...


We had one reef in the sail and by the time we were out past Vementry and into more open water the other one went in too. It was good sailing and we were making excellent progress, but with the gusty wind over the tide it wasn't the most comfortable ride with the odd Atlantic facial thrown in for free.

Here's the view looking back to the guns on top of Swabacks Head, Vememtry about 8.45am as we headed out Papa bound...


As we headed for the Sound of Papa the ride got more uncomfortable and the wind more gusty. We headed in closer to the coast of the mainland a bit to try to get a bit of shelter from the gusts, but eventually decided to call it a day and retire to the shelter of our favourite mooring on Vementry for an early lunch.


Here's Martin enjoying a steaming plate of chilli con carne I'd cooked the day before...


 After lunch we had a stress free sail back in to Voe. We didn't make our destination and there'll not be another opportunity for us to make it this year, but hopefully next year we will, possibly during the summers long days. Still we had a good sail and we got out well past Vementry, so it was the furthest from base we'd been.

And here's a short video of our trip out there...


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