The voyages of PicoMicroYacht, a seaworthy small sailing dinghy converted for rowing long distances, fitted out with a removable rowing system with slides and riggers. On 26th July 2012 PicoMicroYacht crossed the English Channel from Folkestone to Cap Gris Nez. Subsequent voyages, including rowing round the western tip of Cornwall (2013), down the Thames River (2014), along the South Coast of England, around the Isle of Wight (2016) and across Ireland (2017).
Saturday, 9 June 2012
The view of criss-crossing ferries outside Dover during my last voyage. I was trying to describe to a friend the hazard of a ferry size ship to a small boat. Imagine a car coming towards you at 20 miles an hour in a straight line. You would quickly get out the way. Imagine if the car was 50 metres wide and you could only go at 3 miles per hour - then it becomes more difficult. Also imagine if the car starts changing direction and you don't know when the direction change will stop. So I keep well clear of large boats!
Another hazard is the sea state. On a recent voyage I set off from Broadstairs to go to Kingsdown. This was the view from the car park, with waves from a residual swell creating regular flumes. But the sea was not breaking, and the wind was light so I set off.