Thursday, January 19, 2017

Safe and sound on the River Dart...hello from Dartmouth.

We had a 27 1/2 hour sail from Penarth to Falmouth, reasonably benign, all considered.  After an early afternoon arrival, we got out a bit to stretch our legs and see some sights.
 
Visions of Johanna anchored off the ships of Her Majesty's Navy
Falmouth town

At anchor among Naval supply ships


The overnight sail unfortunately was followed only by a brief stay in Falmouth. Weather dictated a short stay as strong easterlies were forecast to arise in 24 hours and we elected to leave for our next port, deciding upon Dartmouth. Dartmouth turned out to be a great choice, although the distance of 68 nm. required an early start. We slipped away at 0555 the following morning for a long days sail.

One of Her Majesty's Ships on maneuvers off Plymouth
 We sailed east past the yachting and naval port of Plymouth, and heeded warnings regarding live fire and submarine operations in the area. We saw a submarine on maneuvers with a surface ship, and observed it diving, which was pretty cool.

Tony at the helm, watching for subs

Dartmouth
 
Our approach to Dartmouth was just before sunset; our timing was perfect. The River Dart has high ridges and hills on both sides, the town of Dartmouth to the south, and the village Kingswear across to the north.

We anchored in a designated spot as the sun went down. Dartmouth is pretty at night; the large rather imposing building is the Britannia Royal Naval College of Dartmouth.

Friday, June 17, 2016

In Dingle...

Sorry, I've been at the pub. More soon!

Bill

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Atlantic Crossing Map

Here is the interactive map of the Atlantic crossing:


I will be removing the map from the front page at some point, so it will live here for any future reference.  Note that you can click on a marker and see the blog post that goes along with that position report.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Harbor entry is...

55 minutes away. Grey morning, we have arrived at DIngle Bay and have been escorted in by scores of leaping dolphins. Visual overload is about us, as the empty ocean seas are now replete with dolphins, birds, and mountains. More activity than has been our norm, a feast and stimulant for the eyes.

Bill




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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Final Weather Update -- Thank you Ken

Hello Bill and crew -

It now appears that the low that I spoke about yesterday will track to the north of your route through tonight and that it will be a bit stronger than was anticipated yesterday. Its center will reach Galway Bay around midday tomorrow. This will mean less variability in the wind, stronger wind speeds, and wind direction generally favorable for the final 18 hours.

SSW winds will increase through the late afternoon hours, likely up to 17-21 knots toward evening, and some showers will become likely as well. A cold front trailing south from the low will pass the yacht near midnight, and wind speeds may push up to 20-24 knots in advance of the front this evening with more showers, then behind the front winds will shift to W after midnight and may increase to 23-27 knots with a few higher gusts toward daybreak tomorrow.

This means that the only engine use that you will need will be for maneuvering in the bay and harbor as you arrive tomorrow. Perhaps you’ll need to use the engine to slow down and stop as the wind whisks you into the bay rather briskly! :)

With your imminent arrival, this will be the final update for this passage. I have enjoyed participating in the voyage through the very descriptive and entertaining daily updates, and hope that my updates and advice have been useful.

As always, feel free to email with any questions.

SY Visions of Johanna Bermuda to Dingle, Ireland Crossing Day 15 - fooled you post 2 - Bonus post

DATE: Sunday, 12 June, 2016, 17:20 PM UTC

SY Visions of Johanna Bermuda to Dingle, Ireland Crossing Day 15 - fooled you post 2

North Atlantic Ocean
Position: 52 01.2N/13 03.6W
SOG 9 knots; COG 087 mag
TWS approx 16-19 kn ; TWD: approx 180 mag

Current situation: Wind has come up in the afternoon. A squall just blew by us, sailing with double reef main, staysail, and reefed jib.

All is well. 96 nm to go to Dingle Bay.

Estimated arrival remains around 0500 tomorrow morning, an hour after first light.

Best wishes,

Bill Strassberg and crew, SY Visions of Johanna


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SY Visions of Johanna Bermuda to Dingle, Ireland Crossing Day 15

DATE: Sunday, 12 June, 2016, 12:00 PM UTC

SY Visions of Johanna Bermuda to Dingle, Ireland Crossing Day 15 - only post for today

North Atlantic Ocean
Position: 51 56.0N/14 11.8W
SOG 6.96 knots; COG 096 mag
TWS approx 9 kn ; TWD: approx 195 mag

Current situation: We sailed through the early evening hours, and engine went on at 2200 last night as the wind eased. We have been motor sailing while working out some gremlins in our autopilot, and also our wind instruments, as the ST60 wind seems to have lost all it's settings and we are getting false readings. We managed an end around fix of the autopilot, thanks to Gram's phenomenal "I got your back" support, and we are doing just fine as is, en route to Dingle. Many fishing boats about now on AIS.

This is likely the last post we will send until after landfall, estimated around 0500 tomorrow morning, an hour after first light.

All is well. 133 nm to go to Dingle Bay.

Best wishes,

Bill Strassberg and crew, SY Visions of Johanna


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