Tuesday Aug 11, approaching the Channel Islands

Written by Jack van Ommen on August 11th, 2009

At 10.30 I am at 49.11N 3.29 W with 369 miles to Amsterdam. Rounding the Iles d’Ouessant was a challenge. The wind increased and we were fighting an ebb which whipped up mean waves. We were tossed like a cork in this witch’s cauldron. But fortunately the strong wind assisted us to slowly winning over the strong unfavorable current. Then the flood pushed us fast beyond this point away from Bretagne and on our way to Normandy. It has been dreary weather, heavy cloud cover and drizzling. Whatever you touch on deck is wet. Carol has been a great help, he has done a fair deal of sailing. Ron had no sailing experience. I thought that it was not important since I can handle it all but I lack the patience and skills to teach. The wind dropped to nothing an hour ago and we are motoring right now. We should be near Guernsey this evening.


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