2018. Pippin and I Cross Biscay to Spain and Back (approximate route included)

Again the Archives tell the story of my Biscay journey between May and July 2018, if you are interested in exploring them.

As I wrote, preparations were fraught with disaster, and neither I nor Pippin were at our best when I sailed from St. Peter Port for Penzance in May.  It took me 4 days to cross Biscay, averaging about 125 nautical miles a day, and from there I crossed to northern Spain, before meandering down the Spanish Atlantic coast to Vigo to meet with family and to have a rest.

The solo sail back to Guernsey from south of Finisterre via Ushant took 6 days, the last with a gale up our chuff for the last 12 hours or so.  Pippin never batted an eyelid at anything that was thrown at her, though I would not be entirely honest if I didn’t confess to a wobble or two.

I sailed 1,400 nautical miles during this trip and I feel Pippin, the Hydrovane and I are becoming a good team.

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Naturally, plans again begin to ferment for the forthcoming sailing season.  For now, adios.