Charles Bush, Mayflower Marina: “Due to continued unsettled weather the organisers of the Old Gaffers fleet have decided to postpone the start of their next leg to the Isles of Scilly until 10.30am on Sunday 12 May. The parade of sail has been cancelled and instead the Old Gaffers will sail past Plymouth Hoe before heading to sea.”
Gale warning issued 09.44 UTC on Thursday 9 May for sea area Plymouth: South west severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8, soon. Shipping Forecast: SW7 to severe gale 9, decreasing 5 or 6. Sea state: very rough or high, becoming rough. Visibility: moderate or Good. Next 24 hours: SW7 to severe gale 9, decreasing 5 or 6. Following 24 hours: SW veering W 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later near the Isles of Scilly.
One boat has departed Plymouth to sail on westwards, and we hear ‘Annabel J’ has safely arrived in Falmouth, spending last night in Fowey.
We hear another boat left from the East Coast this week, reaching Bucklers Hard Yachtharbour on the Beaulieu River, Hampshire. Read ‘Cygnet of London’s’ blog to find out about the start of her OGA50 Round Britain Challenge as she endeavours to catch up with the fleet.
Local resident, Dave Upton, and members of the fleet have taken a few photos of boats taking refuge from the storms.