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Spitsbergen 2013

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Irish Sea

Posted by admin on May 17, 2013

Position Report: 52 35.5N 005 41.6W
Overall Distance Logged: 210NM 

If this is the temperature here, we can only guess how cold it is going to be in the Arctic!  After a relatively smooth passage across the Bristol Channel with the light northerly wind just off the bow, Milford Haven enticed with its lights as we passed in the dark last night.  A more promising forecast for Saturday, however, persuaded us to crack on north with an option for Holyhead if the forecast low proves more vigorous than expected.  

It seems there is no escaping the omnipotent network of the Royal Yacht Squadron!  An earlier visit from a Royal Navy Merlin helicopter from Culdrose led to a phone call to the Squadron that one of their yachts had been sighted.  Within a few minutes, photos taken from the flypast were with the staff at the Castle and forwarded on to us onboard.  Thank you to the Royal Navy for the thought, and the service you provide.  Thank you to Trisha and the team at the Castle, for forwarding news of the sighting.

With daylight on Day 3 the wind backed to the north and we have been making slow progress tacking backwards and forward across St George's Channel between Wales and Ireland.  In a short chop the air  temperature feels positively arctic; which is where it has come from of course.  A short break in Holyhead later tonight will position us well for the passing of a low pressure area destined to bring rain but new southwesterlies which should help us on our way towards Scotland (and perhaps bring some warmth back to the air?).

We are busying ourselves with the myriad of small tasks that emerge after a few days at sea, but all is well on board!


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