It was a real pleasure to act as a pilot for Emmelène from Portsmouth to Lauwersoog in the north east Netherlands this summer. Chris was very accommodating and understanding of my disability — you’ll see plenty of references to me sleeping.
Emmelène performed admirably and her split junk rig sail was a joy to handle in the conditions.
Here’s his account.
Summary: In 2019, Emmelène had an excellent summer cruise from Portsmouth to Northern Holland, sailing approximately 400 nautical miles, or 735 km, in thirteen days, including two days of stops. The boat sailed perfectly throughout, helmed, for much of the time, by “Edna,” the Hebridean windvane.
“Sailing yacht Emmelène, you may leave from the east harbour entrance,” crackled the voice from Dover port control. The little Honda outboard pushed us past the car ferries that were manoeuvring into their berths. Emmelène nosed through the harbour mouth, which looks quite different from the cockpit of a 20’ Coromandel than it does from the towering deck of a ferry; and we were gone. Above us, the white cliffs of Dover; in our wake, the line of ships stretched south, across the English Channel. We had already been cruising for several days, but it felt as if the voyage was beginning for real.
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