Romantic Sailing with the Stars

Can you imagine something more romantic than sailing a starry night, just sitting there steering and watching the stars above? Last night I saw at least five shooting stars and had a secret wish at each shoot. The night was silent, the only thing I could hear was the wind filling our sails and taking us forward. It was very romantic, the only thing missing was Prince Charming himself…where is he? No clue yet, hopefully I'll find him some day.

We left Dover 11.15 pm Monday evening. Since we should sail against the wind in direction Falmouth and the wind was suppose to calm down a little bit during the night we decided to leave at that point. Not having to pay mooring fee (at exorbitant prices here in Great Britain) another night, was a bonus. Before we left we spend the day strolling the streets of Dover and made a little exhibition to the castle and visited the white cliffs. When walking on the white cliffs one has a wonderful view over the entire English Channel and the busy port of Dover. Speaking of the port of Dover, all our pilot books keep repeating how difficult it should be entering the harbor since there are so very many cargo ships entering and you have to ask for permission to enter the harbor. However, the books tend to exaggerate, it was no problem at all. I managed the communication and the port control was very polite and helpful, using terms like; good afternoon Madam, so I tried to respond as polite as I could and said thank You Sir a couple of times.

In Dover we met some Scandinavian boats, so this starts feeling like a Scandinavian trip, however, we Scandinavians are rather similar and understand each other. We meet two Norwegian guys on their way to go around the world, a Norwegian couple that is also going to participate in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, a Danish family also on their way to sail around the world. Not to forget, our Finnish friends we met in Calais were also there. It is going be so much fun catching up with them in Falmouth.

Now, after 44 hours of sailing, we are taking a little break, about halfway to Falmouth. We are anchored in a beautiful Bay called Studland Bay, and it seems like this is where the Brits tend to anchor, the whole Bay is crowded. Not only when anchoring but also when entering and leaving a harbor one has to take the tides in consideration. It can be huge differences between high water and low water here around and you don't want your boat ending up standing on land, do you?

We are expecting bad weather tomorrow so, most probably, we are continuing the 130M to Falmouth on Friday morning. We would like to arrive in Falmouth Saturday around lunch time since the weather forecast predicts really bad weather after that. /Apple pie making First Mate

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4 comments:

  1. michael Says:

    I guess according to your rules prince charming wouldn't even be allowed on board of Cantare ;)

    wishing you all the best for your further journey and looking forward to keep on following your blog,
    michael

  2. robertthunell Says:

    Has started to read about your adventure a couple of weeks ago. Best wishes and Keep the Swedish flag flying high!!!

  3. Petter Says:

    Hi, just found your site. Me and my girlfriend are thinking about making the exact same trip as you are doing. It will be great to follow your adventure.
    Good luck!

  4. mamma Eva Says:

    Sofia,du får leta upp en groda och pussa den,så löser sig nog problemet.