Biscay Beckons

We had a lovely last evening in Camaret. Having spent the day cleaning the ship below decks, donuting and shopping for provisions we then sat in our dog house in the centre of an almighty thunderstorm which Camaret anchorage appeared to be its epicentre! This was just before we had to pick up Jean-Charles, Sepherine (I apologise if the spelling is incorrect) and Eleanor from the dockside of course. Paul had to bail the dingy and get a bit soggy when he played taxi driver. We met Jean-Charles in Yarmouth 3 years ago when we and another boat with Derek and Wendy became stuck for a number of days due to the appalling summer weather. The 3 boats decided to stay put and we nick-named us the Yarmouth Triangle. We spent many evenings in each other’s boats and in the pub. It was a memorable holiday and was enjoyable despite the foul weather. It was great to catch up with Jean-Charles and meet Sepherine and Eleanor. Sunday dawned and we had to deflate the dingy, weigh anchor after lunch and get ready to take on water at the pontoon. The water pressure was poor and it took the best part of an hour to fill up. Just after 2pm we set off towards Biscay. I’ll let Paul update on the crossing but I just wanted to check in during my 3am-6am watch and say ‘all is well on Aditi’. We’re currently motoring as there is no wind….a beautiful full moon pokes out from behind the clouds occasionally and the water is calm!! Beautiful. We hope to pick up some more wind in the morning. During a particularly lovely sail earlier Paul spotted some dolphins. We raced to the bow and watched as they slowly meandered in the opposite direction to us. Sophie and I stayed at the bow for a little longer and were rewarded when a particularly huge dolphin couldn’t resist coming back and playing on the bow. He then rolled on his side and we swear he grinned at us before peeling off and continuing with the rest of his pod. Amazing. Back to listening to music in the cockpit and looking at a very empty sea.


Biscay Beckons — 2 Comments

  1. Hi Paul,
    Had my own thunder and lightning experience yeterday. First time I had been at the centre of one at sea. Was not sure what to do , do you switch off electrics, unplug VHF or what. We could see multiple forks strike the coast just over a mile away once the rain cleared. Opted for switching the power off and disconnecting the mast head VHF connection.
    Hope the trip is all going well.

    Rick James
    Yacht Topaz

  2. Hi Rick,

    We went as far as putting anchor chain round the mast and into the sea once to ground the mast. Now we turn-off and disconnect everything as well as switch off at the circuit breaker panels as much as we can. All hand held equipment goes in the microwave. I think a direct strike will arc across pretty much anything so it's a bit hopeless but makes you feel better having taken some action.

    Alternatively stick a chicken and some vegetables in a pan in the middle of the saloon floor and wire it to a chain plate and ground to the bilge and look forward to dinner.

    All well in Coruna.

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