0430 rise for an 0500 slip to safely pass through Bardsey Sound and fair tide to Aberystwyth was the plan.
The wind was kind and we sailed through the sound at over 9 knots. Tides are strong in this part of the world with many overfalls and ripe tides to avoid. With names like “The Devil’s Tail” and “The Devil’s Ridge” I chose to stay well clear.
We were faced with a choice of Barmouth or Aberystwyth which are both tidal and have a sand bar to negotiate. After some careful planning Aberystwyth was the favourite with the tide and wind.
It was a difficult entrance, the wind had veered to Westerly and a good size swell lifted and carried us into the harbour.
We moored up in a delightful little marina and once my heart beats returned to a normal rhythm I made my way to the marina office where I was met by a very helpful and generous harbour master with a wealth of local knowledge and also our new crew member for the next few days, Daz Haines. I worked with Daz at Florence colliery many years ago so mining stories would replace war stories for the next few days.