Captain Hugh and the Reluctant Navigator
The Voyage of Vega

Padstow is lovely at this time of year.

We eventually set off from Portishead at midday Friday, later than planned, which will come as no surprise to anyone who knows us. Initially the sail in the sunshine was a joy, but by nighttime the sea had became rough and strong headwinds were developing, making for lots of tacking or motor-sailing directly into the wind, not pleasant. So the next morning, feeling extremely sleep deprived and a bit seasick (in Annie’s case) we decided not to try to round Lands End in worsening conditions, but to stop at Padstow. So here we are and lovely it is too in the evening sun. Fish and chips, an early night and a few days here until the wind direction changes, probably Wednesday, then we’ll be back on course.



  1. Jerry

    July 11, 2015 - 8:37 pm

    Padstow already! Have you thought of only stopping at places beginning with P? That would make it a real challenge! Will airlift more Kwells if needed, and good luck with the next leg. Great to hear from you, Jerry xx

  2. annie

    July 11, 2015 - 9:24 pm

    Penzance next then. Forgot to take the Kwells but will be preloading from now on xx

  3. Judy

    July 12, 2015 - 8:37 am

    Well, you know the tale of the tortoise and the hare ..the tortoise made it to the winning post..and enjoyed the views on the way! Xxx

    • Annie

      July 13, 2015 - 11:29 am

      Hmm not sure if I fancy being a tortoise xx

  4. Steve

    July 13, 2015 - 5:14 pm

    This weekend experienced my first ‘hard broach’ whilst sailing back from St Malo at 0100, so hoping that you won’t have one of those. The trick is not to have the spinnaker up in the middle of the night in a fresh breeze.

    • annie

      July 15, 2015 - 7:04 am

      It sounds terrifying Steve. There will definitely not be any hard broaching permitted on this boat and no spinnakers up at 1am xx

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