April 30, 2020
- Log
Tres Hombres

Surfing in the channel (by Wiebe Radstake)

On April 28, I woke up in the foxhole at five in the morning.

Good morning everyone: time to pump up the anchor! Half an hour later the anchor was raised and with a very little wind we moved up and down in the bay of Douarnenez. We stopped here because we had already been at sea for 5 weeks and the wind in the channel was not so good (tacking with light winds) and we were almost out of food. Our good friends Remi and Liz provided supplies for us (thanks!) and the Tres Hombres crew were able to sleep for a few days.

A few hours after the anchor was raised, the current flowed out of the bay again and the wind slowly began to increase. The rains also became increasingly heavy. Eight hours later we had tacked out of the bay with a westerly wind back and forth between Cap du Raz and Ile d'Ouessant. Heavy currents made it a very special navigation. Another 10 hours later the wind increased and retreated from west to southwest. With this wind we could reach the south side of Ile D'Ouessant, but the currents were from north to south, so we could not avoid it. Tonight around 4pm the tidal current changed and we were able to go around the island to set sail and finally sail into the channel.

I knew this was perfect timing as a low point would hit us a watch later. Rain, rain, rain and 30 knots of wind from one moment to the next. So we had to brace ourselves and let the ship jibe.

Now we are sailing, or better yet surfing, in the channel, at between 6.5 and 10 knots (again depending on the current) in the right direction. As we say in the Netherlands: The horse smells the stable!
We are so looking forward to seeing our families and friends, even if we have to act differently with the 1.5 m rule.

A few more days at sea, all the best.

Wiebe Radstake

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