The level of activity on the quay and on the Sea Stallion rose significantly today despite the rain. The weather forecast promised a northerly wind offering a chance to set off for the English Channel and Portsmouth tomorrow, Sunday.
The Sea Stallion is a week into its return journey from Dublin to Roskilde, but has only sailed about 50 of the total 1400 nautical miles. The ship has now spent two days in the small Irish coastal town of Wicklow south of Dublin just waiting for a favourable wind to go on with the voyage. Now there is at least a reasonable chance that the Sea Stallion can sail non-stop for 400 nautical miles and be in Portsmouth within 3 to 5 days.
The local sailing club, a local school, the town council and harbour have all done everything to make the 60-strong crew’s stay as pleasant as possible, including indoor accommodation. This evening there is a farewell reception in the sailing club.
“Tonight the wind should to turn north-easterly and stay that way all tomorrow”, says skipper Carsten Hvid. “So now we’ve got to get busy. These long waiting periods are frustrating, but we have a certain amount of experience. Last year we waited for the right wind for ten and seven days in two different harbours.”
But we had no choice but to wait. We must never push our luck and compromise safety. The weather forecast is the decisive factor”, says Carsten Hvid.