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Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Plymouth to Portland

After launching Ti Gitu went to the St Germans river and we anchored just inside the river on the North side. We have anchored there several times before and did once hook an old piece of rope but this time the anchor was badly fouled. It was all a bit of a panic as it happened at 0800 and Mo was booked on a train at 0930 and we needed to get to the Saltash pontoon so that Mo could walk up the hill to the rail station.
The chain went straight up and down and the anchor winch was so loaded that it eventually stopped.
I was on the foredeck and Mo motored us forward and back. Suddenly something broke and although very slowly the anchor winch began to haulm in.
We had managed to wrap the chain around a very old very large piece of iron or steel. It was very heavy and shaped in such a way that is was incredibly difficult the release. But - one broken boat hook and 15 minutes later it splashed back into the water.
We then raced round to the pontoon and were in time for the train.
As that is the second time our anchor has fouled at that spot we will probably avoid it in future.
A few days later after re stocking from the supermarkets in Saltash we set off East calling at Exemouth and then onto Portland.
The wind is predominantly from the North, so we will use it to make our way along the South coast while it lasts.

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