Leaving Pangbourne Meadows

We left Pangbourne Meadows this morning in bright sunshine and with blue skies.

I decided to try the “track me” mode with my drone.  However, due to the amount of steel in the build of Steel Away, the magnetic forces appeared to be too great for the drone’s GPS system so I had to fly it manually and, the heart stopping moment was when the drone refused to land back on board and I had to catch it in my hand.  More practice needed!   Thankfully Angie was at the helm.

However, I managed to produce this short video which I hope you enjoy!

 

Marina frozen over!

We are experiencing some exceptionally cold weather here in the UK this week.   We’ve been spending a few days on board  while having some minor alterations made to our canopy, as well as a few other maintenance items.    This morning we woke up to the rare sight of the marina being frozen over and the ice being topped with a light covering of snow.

 

Here’s some shots from this morning:

Puerto de Orzola, Lanzarote

Angie & I recently spent a week in Lanzarote.   The weather was not as good as it could have been and we had periods of strong winds on most days.   Puerto de Orzola is a beautiful little harbour but on the day we visited, the entrance could only be described as treacherous.  I have tried to portray it on this short, 90 second video.

Here is  a comment from a friend of mine who has sailed from Lanzarote numerous times :

“The prevailing wind for Lanzarote comes down from the north east. Generally the harbours and marinas on the island, with the exception of Playa Blanca, are built to provide protection from that. When the wind changes to come from the south, and especially when it is a strong wind, then all those harbours are exposed to that wind and become dangerous to enter or leave. Playa Blanca is different. It is on the south coast so it has a harbour wall that wraps round from the east to the south. It is also protected from the north and west by cliffs and old volcanoes. A couple of years ago I was sailing around the island when a Force 8 came up from the south. There is not enough sea room between Lanzarote and Fuertaventura to ride it out so Marina Rubicon was where we ran to and watched the waves breaking right over the harbour wall for 2 days.”