Yesterday we sailed from Ramsgate to Pin Mill on the Orwell River. The 50nm passage took 10 hours in slowly increasing winds from 5 to 18 knots. Since arriving the weather has deteriorated with showers overnight and mizzle (misty light drizzle) all this morning. The river banks are muddy but have nice woods and green fields beyond - a very pleasant rural scene.
Here are the usual passage plots...
|Zen Again track|
|Zen Again speed|
And here are the vital statistics...
- Route Distance = 50nm
- Logged Distance = 57nm
- GPS Distance = 53nm
- Duration = 10.5 hours
- Average boat speed = 5.4kt
- Average ground speed = 5.0kt
- Minimum wind speed = 5 kt
- Average wind speed = 10 kt
- Maximum wind speed = 18 kt
- Apparent wind angle range = 0 to 120
- Seas up to 0.5m
- High cloud with a little sunshine
- Total = 4.5 hours
- Driving = 4.5 hours
- Charging = 0 hours
We sailed between Thanet and London Array wind farms - both of which are quite extensive. Yachts can sail through operational wind farms but the idea didn't appeal, particularly in light winds and strong tide! The London Array is still under construction so both it and the approaches to it are prohibited areas.
|Passing the Thanet wind farm|
Once into the port and heading north up the Orwell we were able to kill the motor and sail quietly up the river.
|Passing Felixstowe container port|
|Sailing up the Orwell, passing Suffolk Yacht Haven|
We expect to stay here for a second night before continuing our passage north.