Frostbite Delivery – Day 1

Thursday 8th December 2022

0700 hrs

An early start as we needed to vital, water and fuel Rhapsody, a Jeanneau SO 379. Ismail and I popped up to the CO-OP to do the food shopping while Phil went on a hunt for a chopping board and jerry can.

On return to the boat I found Andy, one of the Ocean Youth Trust's Relief Skippers, had arrived from Cowes and tied up next to us – more small world syndrome. While loading Rhapsody with stores we caught up on news and chatted about conditions out at sea. Cold, very cold was the message.

0930 hrs

Filled with diesel and headed into the lock and the start of the 290 NM trip to Brightlingsea in Essex.

Rhapsody in Sutton Lock, Plymouth

After a short wait the outer locks opened and we motored into Plymouth Sound. A stunning, but cold, December morning.

As Plymouth is my home port Ismail passed me the helm and I steered Rhapsody through the Sound to the Eastern Entrance. It felt a bit odd as this was the first twin wheel boat I'd helmed, quite sure twin wheels don't work for me as you need to move between wheels to get a good view of what is going on.

As is customary I called up the National Coast Watch station at Rame Head for a radio and AIS check. They replied and wished us a good trip.

Without a formal watch system agreed I remained on the helm as we motored in zero wind past the Mew Stone and SE towards Start Point our first tide gate.

1400 hrs

Ismail took over watch as we settled into a 2 on 4 off watch routine as it was bitterly cold and doing the usual 3 on, 6 off was going to lead to very cold people and poor decision making.

1600 hrs

Phil came up on watch and I got my head down for a nap.

1800 hrs

Arrived on watch. EEEK, it is dark and rather cold. At this point I discovered I had left my thick winter buff and charcoal hand warmers on Aphrodite. Hood pulled well up and hands planted firmly in pockets to keep warm I started my first of three dark hours watches.

2000 hrs

Thankful that the watch finished I retreat to the warmth of the cabin and my sleeping bag. The alarm was set for 2345 hrs and I was not looking forward to getting back on deck then.

All times are UTC.

Underway Distance Avg
Day: 13h 50m 75 5.00 11.00 7h 43m
Trip: 13h 50m 75 5.00 11.00 7h 47m

Crew: Ismail Tezdiker (Skipper), Phil Kingerlee and Sandy Garrity.

Sunrise: 0803 hrs Sunset: 1613 hrs

The shipping forecast issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, at 23:30 (UTC) on Wed 7 Dec 2022 for the period 00:00 (UTC) on Thu 8 Dec 2022 to 00:00 (UTC) on Fri 9 Dec 2022.

Wight, Portland, Plymouth

North or northeast 3 to 5. Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate in west Plymouth. Showers. Good

© Met Office Synoptic Chart 08/12/2022

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