Thursday dawned bright and sunny with very little wind and what there was blew from the southwest where we wanted to go but we boldly set forth motor-sailing towards Exmouth. Later the wind improved so we cut the engine and the wind and tide gradually lifted us right into Torbay where we sailed through the cruise ships to just off Brixham. We tacked to clear Berry Head and then beat into Dartmouth arriving on the Dartmouth Yacht Club’s pontoon where we were joined by 3 other boats. Of the rest of our fleet, one ended up in Brixham, one in Starcross and the other decided to stay in Lyme and sail to Brixham the next day.
On the Friday we all sailed from our various ports, with some lucky crews spotting dolphins off Dartmouth and we had all 7 boats moored in Brixham Marina by late afternoon. That evening we met for drinks and nibbles on or around Goodwill, the biggest boat in the fleet, and raised a toast to Lyme Regis Sailing Club and its Centenary, probably the first Centenary event to actually happen!
On Saturday we left Brixham around 0830 in a light ESE wind and managed to motor-sail back to Lyme by 1700. We had actually spent the whole 3 days close-hauled but it was really good fun.
Rob Walker, Cruiser Captain