• Sam

Sailing holiday to Salcombe and the West Country

Days at sea: 10 Nautical Miles: 668 Crew: Sam, Steve and the kids Night hours: 30

Longest passage: 172nm (Salcombe to Brighton)

Conditions: F3 - 5. Unbelievably we were upwind all the way to Devon, then the wind did a 180, and we were upwind all the way home!

What, where and when?: Covid restrictions are causing chaos across much of the world, so we decided to opt for a staycation this year. Sailing from Chatham we visited the Solent, Weymouth, Dartmouth, Hope Cove (where we took some friends and family onboard), before heading to Salcombe, Brighton and finally Dover.

It was a fantastic trip, with some long individual passages built in, which saw us go in to a watch system, standing solo watches over night.

We were treated to fantastic sunrises and sunsets, dolphins, and some amazing new marinas and sailing grounds. All of which build on learning's, particularly navigating Portland Bill, the Needles, and Lyme Bay.


Highlights:

  • Living onboard for 10 days - it's a fantastic life of escapism and simplicity

  • Family time away

  • Discovering new shores

  • Portland Bill (in both directions was fantastic)

  • Weymouth - great fun for the kids, with a firework display on the beach thrown in

  • Having friends and family onboard for a couple of nights and taking them sailing

  • Seeing Sam's friends on the final stretch of their Round Britain rowing attempt in the Solent

  • Time on anchor in Hope Cove


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