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Down hill to Snowhill

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Windy old weekend here in the UK at the moment though happily rain free and a UK National holiday..  unheard of... 

... early and late tides this weekend in my neck of the woods and I was 75% certain I was going to go for an all day'er yesterday leaving roughly half 8 or 9'ish and coming back in ion the next tide at about 3'ish, but the forecasts were really changeable and I really didn't fancy a day in the Solent freezing my buns off, and sailing everywhere over on my ear...  kept an eye on the forecasts all day which were also showing rain, and when I go up the next morning it looked fairly grey so I though sod it and went back to bed...  imagine my irritation then when I eventually got up to find that it was sunny, and continued to be all day, no rain, decent breeze as well! Forecasters are not doing well this year...

So with a day on the water out of the window I settled for a late afternoon bimble, which turned out be an absolute belter...  winds are northerly at …

Jolly Boys Outing 2016

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...and so another Jolly Boys cruise comes to an end after four hugely enjoyable days in the Solent .. yet again it was an absolute cracker with everything from torrential rain and force 5, to brilliant warm sunshine and force 2... good food, good company, a cracking boat, and a huge amount of laughs and banter....

Day 1 (21st) : Portsmouth to Yarmouth

Picked up by Dave at just after 8 in the morning we all accumulated at Rod the Mod's place, collected Smithy, and went on to collect t'other Dave (who was joining us this year) and were on the boat by 10'ish.
Uncannily Smith'y ended up with his own cabin again (how does he do that? ) but without a doubt five is the absolute maximum in a 34' boat, even one as comfortable as this one, which was once again "Ocean Waves of Albany" a Halberg Rassy 342 (with the tiller steering option)

...  the 'double' at the back is small and really not made for two blokes, Smithy got that, me and Dave shared the main, R…

Spotted...

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I was spotted last Sunday...   

Never have too many pictures of your own boat under way..  this was just after I'd taken out most of the reefs..


..new main looks good....



Cheers for the photo's, Gareth..

Spitfire summer beckons...

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Miniature heatwave, a mid afternoon HT, and the promise of some breeze - what could possibly go wrong?? Very little actually...   A superb afternoon, lots of highs..

Started off by putting up the main and putting in some reefs (4 or 5 slides worth as the new sail is bigger than the old one) as the forecasts were showing 5's and 6's later in the afternoon, and it was fairly breezy when I started, so decided to play safe...  engine on, dropped the mooring, and away we went....

Breeze continued to build as I motored down the 'Northney ditch' towards the top of the Emsworth Channel - winds were easterly so I was looking forward to a good reach down harbour, at best a single beat on one tack...  I was glad I'd put the reefs in as I bore away just after Fisherman's it was breezy, but the wind began to drop off within the hour, and by the time I'd got to HISC [clicky] (two tacks as it turned out) I'd 'semi-hove to' to take some rolls off...

Decision t…