Originally Posted by DizzyLizzy
Am I being over pessimistic?
Ah. Now you're asking.......
Kids' taxi runs and commitments etc. make Saturday problematic but do-able for me alone. Mrs A and I also have an engagement (already postponed once) which we need to make for the evening. Saturday is, therefore, not looking good for both of us but a possibility for me solo.
Sunday, however, looks better in the diary, (although Mrs A still has another evening 'do' - oh this hectic social whirl!): the distance is slightly further than Alderney from Poole (not a lot) so I'd reckon under three hours in reasonable weather: leave Poole at 8.00am and arrive in Dartmouth in good time for an early lunch (and a beer or two!).
Problem is that even if you believe Matthew's optimism in good weather for the weekend (I don't - but it's still a few days away!) the shifting winds (E - W) between today and the weekend are going to stir up the seas and I think it's going to make a very lumpy crossing across Lyme Bay. The rounding of Portland will tell for sure but I reckon that go/no go will be dictated before then.
Even so, an early start from Poole would get us there for lunch. A lumpy sea on the way back might mean the last bit in darkness but that bit is well lit (lighthouses, buoys etc) and I've done it sufficient number of times in the day to feel confident to do it in the the dark. The tides mean that I can't get back into the marina before 4.00pm on Sunday so it will be nearly dark by then anyway.
All the above make Mrs A's involvement unlikely (she does like her creature comforts and crossing Lyme Bay in lumpy seas and cold weather aren't part of it!) but I'm very keen to try it and Scurvy Crew has expressed an interest so, with or even without him, I'd certainly be keen try it - especially with a second boat in company (although very much with a view to bailing out if conditions were dodgy).
Let me know what you think!