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Matakana Blue - Day 8 passage to Alderney


Dolphins and bright sunshine accompany our departure from St Peter Port at 14.30 Omnishambles and Reflections just ahead under Genoa alone. We top up fuel though looking at the forecast for the week ahead we won't need it!  I set one reef in the main and full genoa just in case the wind increases as we clear the shelter of the island but it does not, nor is the wind direction any good for my plan to head East around Alderney.  The wind is falling, little over 10knots so I shake out the reef and hoist the furling gennaker.  We have good boat speed now but I need to head towards Ortac to get a good wind angle which takes us west of Pierreau Vraic. I drop the gennaker as we pass so we have plenty of time and control in the Swinge   The tide is setting North and our track is taking us swiftly towards Burhou, we gybe and are practically heading back towards Les Etacs to hold a good course over the ground.  The Swinge involves 250 meters of chop and then we are in, a departing yacht leaving buoy number 9 free for us. We BBQ some burgers on the Cobb then head for the the sailing club drinks rendezvous to share stories of a great day sailing.  

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