Storm Angus

We are on our way again as usual at this time of year! On the way down south, although ... at this moment our course in the English Channel is much more west.


After the need for some extra time at the shipyard and after solving a few minor issues, we left the port of IJmuiden last Friday night around dinner time. This time of year headwinds are very common but on this trip we have to cope with much stronger winds!   


The first 20 hours were used to sail to the Thames estuary and to drop anchor at "Margate”. The storm Angus promised us too much wind in the English Channel. With 150 meters anchor chain we safely anchored for the night. In the morning the wind increased and together with the engine at half speed, we remained more or less at the same spot. At three o'clock in the afternoon we could retrieve our anchor to continue our journey. We had to pass the Street of Dover quickly before the next depression would be a fact. 


Currently we are sailing half-wind towards the west. Everything on board is a bit more difficult by a slope between 10 ° and 20 °, but with 13 knots on the log we are not complaining. Tonight at midnight we will have to tack south of Plymouth and from there we will mainly be going south – towards warmer weather.

50°46’ N 000°46’ W    

about the author

Andi Manser - Captain Clipper Stad Amsterdam

Captain Andi Manser came on his bike to the Netherlands all the way from Switzerland, his country of birth. He hoped to find a job on a yacht. His job as captain on the Clipper Stad Amsterdam is a dream come true.