OGA fleet arrives in Milford Haven: 18 May 2013

We hear eight of the fleet are safely arrived in Milford Haven, some staying in Dale and others moving up to Milford Marina. They’ll all be enjoying the next round of parties ashore and time to take a well-earned rest after crossing the Celtic Sea and reaching the South Wales coast. Other boats are quickly making up time following storms along the south Cornish coast. Several more are expected soon into Milford Haven.

As the OGA fleet passes through some of the most challenging waters around our shores, we think of the RNLI lifeboats, always on hand to help if needed. Read Sue Lewis’ account of a ‘shout’ off Lands End in the Classic Boat Magazine blog.

English boats ‘Bonify’, ‘Syene’, ‘High Barbaree’, ‘Annabel J’, ‘Toucando’ and ‘Moon River’, the only member of the fleet sailing solo, and Dutch boats ‘Windbreker’ and ‘Vlieter’ are all in Milford Haven. Read Windbreker’s blog for the log of their passage and wonderful photos of dolphins.

There’s swapping of crews, sharing tales, exchanging photos, catching up with repairs and doing those essential maintenance jobs before setting off again. There will be at least one new boat ‘Capraia’, joining the fleet and several changes in crew as skippers shape their plans heading for Holyhead next weekend.

Taking a different track, the Dutch replica Galway hooker, ‘Cine Mara’ is taking her to the west coast of Ireland, and has now reached Cork.

The other boats in the fleet, held up by storms, sickness and leaky hulls are all moving westwards again. ‘Bonita’ left Falmouth on Friday, passing Longships Lighthouse, Land’s End mid-afternoon on Friday, heading for Milford Haven.

‘Witch’, following her repairs in Falmouth, has reached Newlyn and is pleased to report a dry bilge. ‘Cygnet of London’, staying in the Solent as the storms raged along the Cornish coast, has caught up with the fleet, sailing through the night to meet ‘Witch’ in Newlyn. They’re sailing in company, hoping to round Lands End and make Milford Haven soon.