OGA fleet moves on from Brixham to Dartmouth

Today’s update from the OGA Sou’ by Sou’ West fleet finds the main group moving on from Brixham, 26 July, with challenging weather and reports from others joining the fleet from South Wales and the Netherlands.

‘Jan Blank’ joins the fleet from the Netherlands

The Celtic contingent on passage from the Bristol Channel, ‘Sally J’ and ‘Capraia’ report they’ve arrived in Padstow, taking a careful look at the weather forecasts before moving on. Dutch OGA members Rik and Edith arrive by ferry into Plymouth with ‘Jan Blank’, and wait for the rain to stop in Fowey before sailing on to Falmouth.

After leaving Brixham ‘Mischief’ is now reported to be in Salcombe, resting in a mud anchorage in Frogmore Creek. Skipper Mike reports a good passage around Start until we reached Prawle where the flood starts in earnest only one hour after slack water. Took three hours to do the last three miles. ‘Tallulah’ is also in Salcombe, awaiting kinder weather, and ‘Cocorico’ is delayed by weather projections and crew availability . . .

Westward bound!

Heading for Dartmouth, ‘Moon River’ and ‘Ivy Green’ arrive in the morning but we hear from Brixham that ‘Harbinger’ is being towed in by the harbour launch after sailing across Lyme Bay engineless, and waits in Brixham for delivery of a starter motor before moving on.

At 1700, after braving F7 westerlies from Brixham, ‘Betty II’ (the Admiral) is followed into Dartmouth by ‘Hester’, ‘Carlotta’and half a dozen more Gaffers. Ben reports:

We came into Dartmouth in F7 winds from the SW I’m told. Seemed OK to me but some of us took a bttering! It now looks as though we will be stormbound on the River Dart Thursday and Friday (things can change). Have arranged provisionally to go to Dittisham to weather the gale. Saturday looks like the next weather window.

Gaffers take over the pontoon for a party in Dartmouth