It was very strange leaving the berth by myself. All went well and got into the channel out of Queens marina before heading through the commercial part and into Lonsdale marina and the sea lock. I did put on a couple of extra fenders and had the roving fender to hand.
The tides we springs and didn’t realise that the moon was its closest for 30 years so the range was 9.1 metres with a good free flow time, so no worries about tying up in the lock. Once through the lock the outer harbour walls framed the Irish sea beyond, a good start to the year ahead but I wished Karen was there to enjoy it – but work called louder than I did.
March in the Irish sea is still really cold, ConoSur still had ice everywhere when I set off. Had a nice hot drink to warm me up, through the genoa out for a while before heading back.
Just a couple of hours in all, but a great boost to the confidence launching and recovering by myself.