Still the name, Doom Bar, says it all. In good conditions and with the flood tide it poses no problem; the channel is marked by buoys and there is adequate water at high tide. However, the delay we had experienced had changed things and the conditions we could expect were likely to be far from good. First, there would be an ebb tide running out when we arrived at the bar. Second, there was this northwesterly gale blowing straight into the entrance against the tide. And third, it was getting dark, so it would be more difficult to pick out the channel buoys. The final straw was that with the ebb tide, the depth on the bar was reducing, sucking out to add breaking waves to the maelstrom. All the ingredients for a rough ride were coming together in one place.