Departure from Pwllheli at 1:30 PM. Arrival in Aberdaron Bay at 7:10 PM. Distance: 16 NM. Conditions: strong breeze from the NW, with speeds up to 27 knots (that's a the top of the F6 range. 1 more knots and it's F7) Seas mostly flat, with a little chop when it got really windy. Sun came out for most of the sail, now there is a haze, and rain is expected.
Left Pwllheli late today - I was procrastinating about where to sail to, and today's plan took a while to mature... by the time I left I had both the wind and the current against me to leave my berth: the boat maneuvers poorly in reverse, and both the wind and current were coming from behind, pushing me towards the pontoon. I must of taken a good 15 minutes trying to get a feel for how the boat was reacting when untied (I would untie it, look, and quickly tie it back before it moved too much). I finally decided the time was right, put the engine in full reverse, and felt my whole body prepare for something bad as the boat slowly swung around to a point I could put it in forward gear, and motor myself out of trouble. Considering the situation, I was very happy with my departure!
Once out to sea I quickly realized that there was more wind than forecast. The wind speed indicator regularly hit 25 knots, with a maximum of 27 at one point. That's pretty serious wind. I sailed on a run all day until Aberdon Bay, the most westerly point of Northern Wales, hitting 6.3 knots as today's maximum. Today was a short sail, since the Northerly winds made it impossible to round the Lleyn Peninsula to go North.
Here is a shot of St Tudwal's Island, with some of Snowdonia's mountains in the background.
Here is a shot taken as I was cruising at 6 knots...
The weather is calling from some bad weather in the 3-4 days ahead, and that means I'm probably going to head straight for Ireland tomorrow morning. Have not decided quite yet, but it seems the more reasonable thing to do... I guess I'll keep Scotland for another year (and another log!!!)
Here is a funny sight as I arrived... These Welsh sheep are good climbers!!!