2nd September – Poole


Today we start our journey back to Poole. The weather forecast is not looking good. First stop is the fuel berth. Along with half the marina it is a bit of a bun fight. Yachts and motor boats all trying to queue jump. At 54p a litre I wish we could fill up here more often.

Ou return journey takes us the other side of Alderney towards the Casquets. If we are to see Dolphins this is where they will be. Not today it seems, never mind.

Les Casquets or Casquets; is a group of rocks 13 km northwest of Alderney and are part of an underwater sandstone ridge


As we exit north of the Casquets, down comes the cloud and the rain. This makes crossing the shipping lanes much more fun as the visibility is now limited! Tankers and container ships travelling at 20 knots  take no prisoners. The rain continues all the way to Poole. We stupidly have removed all the canopies so are open to the elements. We close the the roof covers but bouncing around makes doing the press studs up impossible. I resign myself to getting wet.

Old Harry

The UK coast line and old Harry looms up out of the gloom.

Old Harry Rocks are three chalk formations, including a stack and a stump, located at Handfast Point, on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, southern England. They mark the most easterly point of the Jurassic Coast

We pass Old Harry and make our way into Poole. For once I get to see the expensive properties on Sandbanks. If you go by road all you see are high fences and electronic gates.

The rain has stopped but still very grey. Tonight will be our  “last supper”.

Tomorrow we will nose our way back to Universal Marina


crossing the channel - temp

crossing the channel - wind
W 10knts Breezy

crossing the channel - heavy rain
Pissing Down