The earliest we could leave to catch a fair tide to Cardiff was 1430. High Water at Cardiff 42 miles away was 1953. The locals assured me that it would be an easy run with strong spring tides pushing us along.
By 2100 tide was strengthening against us and with 15 miles to go I contacted Barry yacht club to aquire about visitor berths there. Rae of Barry yacht club was very helpful and offered us his own personal mooring.
It took us nearly 3 hours with sails and engine working hard to get us to the entrance of Barry harbour. We could see the yachts moored up in the harbour but as we lowered the sails our engine died!
It would be dangerous to attempt the harbour entrance at night with no engine in these conditions so we pushed on towards Cardiff. I checked what I could on the engine, primary fuel filter, fuel level, oil level, cooling water filter to name a few.
As we approached Cardiff at 0200 I tried the engine again. Nothing, so with minimal sail area to slow us down I called Miford Haven Coastguard to make them aware of our situation. One to warn other vessels of our restrictions and two to arrange a tow to Cardiff for repairs. Milford Haven coastguard were great and within an hour, nearby RNLI Penarth were with us in their RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) to tow us in. I have always had utmost respect for our volunteers and this is the first time I have called on their assistance. With a smile and complete professionalism they arrived to our relief and utmost gratitude.