Yesterday we departed the Tamar River and Plymouth to sail to Keyhaven in the western Solent. The passage took 23 hours and was timed to arrive on a rising tide. We're currently anchored east of Hurst Castle waiting for the tide to rise. We'll then go into the Keyhaven River to pick up a mooring kindly offered by OCC friends John and Chris of sv Sara II.
Here are the usual plots...
|Zen Again Speed|
Here are the vital statistics...
- Route Distance = 120nm
- Logged Distance = 132nm
- GPS Distance = 119nm
- Duration = 23 hours
- Average boat speed = 5.7kt
- Average ground speed = 5.2kt
- Minimum wind speed = 10 kt
- Average wind speed = 18 knots
- Maximum wind speed = 28kt
- Apparent wind angle range = 0 to 180
- Seas up to 2m
- Overcast with frequent drizzle
- Total = 4 hours
- Driving = 4 hours (down the river and out of Plymouth harbour)
- Charging = 0 hours
|Isle of Wight ahead in the murk|
|Passing the Needles|
As we approached the Solent several yachts were ahead and behind us. We entered via the main channel which was straight-forward. We had 2 knots of current with us in the channel. As we passed Hurst Castle we turned to port, got out of the channel and anchored in 3m over mud. We're now waiting for the tide to rise enough for us to get over the bar and into the river.