We had both booked an extra day off at the start of the year so we could have a long bank holiday weekend. Unfortunately the forecast was not looking good so we stocked for a couple of days and headed off to Ramsey to pick up a buoy for a couple of nights and watch the world go slowly by.
About an hour out you could see the large clouds building over Cumbria as the low weather front pushed in from the north west. There was a high pressure coming from the south west too – which would we get we were wondering. Karen was still smiling at this point, so all was good with the world.
When we arrived after a lively crossing where we had to fully reef and take in the genoa there was a yacht just leaving so we picked up the buoy of choice and waited for yacht Charlotte and yacht Sol de Mar to join us later. The wind had dropped but the sea state was not nice at all. However Ramsey is a beautiful anchorage and always something going on outside the harbour.
Everyone came onto ConoSur for chat (over a glass of wine of course) about the forecast and our options. Charlotte and Sol de Mar were going to head off to Douglas to ride out the incoming storm first thing and as we could not risk not being weather bound we were heading back to Whitehaven. No pics from the journey home, set off in a mild 14knts of wind which built to 22-25knts for most of the way with a large following sea. About five miles off Whitehaven the wind picked up to 28-30knts, gusting 33+ all of which followed us into the sea lock for one of the most ‘exciting’ entrances so far. Tying up in our berth never felt so good.