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Emsworth to Marker

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Neap tides this weekend, just 3.5m of tide, and they were early as well, 09:45, but the needs must so I got down to the boat at about 8'ish (I'd planned earlier but a lay in finished off that idea!) and headed down the channel for a few hours mucking about...

With only a few hours either side of HT to play with, the south westerly wasn't the best option for either direction, but as the sun had come out I decided to go for a "drift" down to Emsworth..  I have a particular fondness for this trip as it invariably requires some technical tacking to get back to the top of the Emsworth channel..

I love the challenge of finding the gaps between the moored boats to allow the use of the full width of the channel whilst also taking account of the tide... this trip was no different...  decent breeze, slackening tide, Sparrow was going well, plenty of boats to look at (there are some crackers)... tacking angles were good, some improvements would make the transitions better…

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...fantastic day on the water on Sunday - best of the year so far - true to form though it's back to grey wetness today but just for once, the two days were in the right order... 

Forecast was for a fairly cloudy, but breezy day - what we got was a fairly sunny, but even breezier day. Cambermet reported fairly solid force 5 all day, and from a most advantageous direction - starting just north of west, and ending just south of west, which gave fast, fun, reaching up/down the harbour...

So, got to the boat just under 3 hours ahead of high tide, and as it was clearly blowing put two sliders of reefing round the boom (I have roller boom reefing, which I don't mind, but slab reefing would be preferred one day.. ), at that stage I was expecting the forecast (4 gusting 5) so two slides worth would have been fine..

A quick run down the channel, hoisted the main off the entrance to Northney, and headed for the top of the harbour - it was clear even then that their was a lot more wind…

...blechhh....

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...the season continues it's triumphant start... after a quite lovely Saturday (windy, but lots of sunshine) Sunday dawned... errr.. grey, miserable and shi**y...needs must though, and with an early'ish tide (10:43 local) I hop skipped and jumped down to the boat for 8'ish so as to take full adavntage of the water for an extended sesion ..


...t'was not to be...  no wind when I left so motored down to the entrance to Northney, watched it getting greyer, picked up a spare mooring off the marina and put the kettle on while I watched it getting even greyer...

...sat and slurrped coffee (in the cabin, to cold to sit out) while the breeze came up and it got even more greyer, watched the rain coming in over the hill, and thought "sod this for a game of soldiers"..


...packed up, short sail back under genoa, motor on, I was in the pub by 1...

..at bleeding last...

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...three weeks since the last (cold) sail, so I was more than ready for a swift trip out when yesterday came..

...1600 HT, sunny, but little wind forecast - I almost didn't go as there wasn't a breath at home, but I'm glad I made the decision to go, as the breeze soon made an appearance once I got to the boat.

Not a very exciting afternoon, but I can say that I enjoyed it very much (more than a number of recent trips) as there was an "OK" breeze, I got to practice my beating*, and I made it past Marker under my own steam rather than having to turn the engine on..

* I've been playing around with main track position based on an article in (last months?) Practical Boat Owner about using the track to position the boom angle to the boat rather than solely relying on the main sheet....  so, on a beat, sheet in hard, but then move the track up to windward to bring the end of the boom more central to the boat..  according to the article you can also do this on a ru…

Bash....

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....the south coast - where the boat and I abode - has been battered* by a succession of Atlantic gales that have rolled in, one after another, for seemingly the last month...  the boat has been sadly neglected, put simply there has been too much wind, too much rain, and to be honest, too much cold, at those times when I can get out for a sail...

It looks like the weather pundits are now forecasting a heatwave from about this weekend/beginning next...  fairly typical then that when I check the forecast for this weekend to see if Sunday will provide the second trip out of the year, the wind is as flat as a flat thing....  we shall see....

* evidence of battering - took this on my way into work this morning from the sea wall in Emsworth... if you look carefully at the harbour wall just in front of the white building you can see the casualties...  the dark blue one is a Hurley 20 (like Sparrow), but is in fact, the only Hurley 20 I know with an inboard engine... I first met her on the …