Our Friday night crossing over to St. Vaast threatened to be very light on winds and I was worried we’d only get a couple of hours of decent wind as we departed. The forecast for the return leg on Sunday turned out to be the complete opposite. Continue reading Strong winds on our return sail from St. Vaast
On a recent crossing from Portsmouth to Honfleur I was interested to check how significant the error was between our actual GPS position and that recorded in the logbook using time & distance covered through the water. Continue reading Comparing our Estimated Position with GPS fix
Honfleur is reported as one of the, if not the number one, most beautiful harbours in Normandy and Northern France. I’ve done several Channel crossings now to Cherbourg which is a fairless characterless destination so I jumped at the chance of sailing to Honfleur on a Channel hop with Nomad Sailing. Continue reading Channel Crossing to Honfleur
A channel crossing is the first step for many sailors on their road to an extended passage. Since sailing to Cherbourg is likely to take around 14 hours from Portsmouth, a good 6-8 hours of that is likely to be out of sight of land.
Here’s how I approach planning and navigating the English Channel, using recent crossings as real examples. Continue reading Navigating across the English Channel