Well, strictly speaking, waiting on weather forecasts, which have been promising north-westerlies up to F6 and lightning, none of which have materialised. Nevertheless, I'm not taking the chance of ending a 20 mile open crossing in strong tidal streams with a battle against the conditions.
I've spent the time visiting the local towns and trying to improve my internet access (now via a tiny laptop protected by 4 layers of waterproofing and a guarantee that, the salesman assures me, covers this rather extreme use!). Can't manage cellphone access yet though, as I cannot prove my identity to Orange's satisfaction. Grrrr.