WABI”’ has a new home, at least for the end of the summer but most likely for this autumn and winter as well. For now its a sad goodbye to Calstock boatyard but it was time to get the WABI voyage going again after a long ‘summer’ of one delay after another. The new base is Trouts boatyard in Topsham on the Exe river and the road in the distance is apparently the M5 (at a standstill this morning !)
This morning when we left WABI it was gusting up to about 30mph of wind in the river with heavy rain showers and a forecast of much more of the same to come : so although we are still on leave i won’t be getting much more sailing done this week.
We have had 10 days sailing and exploring new areas, from the Yealm and Salcombe around to the Dart, Torbay and into the Exe itself in very blustery conditions. All week we seem to be have been sprinting from one river to another in between Atlantic fronts…..which isn’t what we were expecting when we set off last week !
The Exe is one of the rivers that i have always wanted to explore having sailed past it many times usually in boats that are too deep draught for the bar : we came over the bar in VERY thin water albeit at a low water spring and yes my charts of the entrance are way out of date .
Inside the river just after the narrows.
Anchored just inside the bar waiting for the flood to kick in.
Over the next few days i will post each stage of the recent voyage. It was tempting this week to push on across Lyme bay but with F7 forecast and big spring tides i wouldn’t want to have to deal with the bill of Portland and its race without going way offshore. Keeping WABI”’ much nearer to home : its about an hour and a half away by car means that i can spend the autumn at least exploring the Exe and then i can move on in the spring.