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Northney drift...

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...that'd be right then...

Early'ish tide on Monday which was a public holiday in England (and a few others of the home nations, but not Scotland) so I opted to get out to the boat for an early session before having to resume grandson sitting duties for eldest who was working..

F3 gusting F4 north westerly's was what was forecast - perfect - what we got was sub F1, very very occasional F2, but they did at least get the direction right....

So an enjoyable 3 hours going almost nowhere at about a half to three quarters of a knot...  but it was better than working, I had a flask of coffee, and the sun came out....

I did spot this boat which I thought was quite interesting - it's a Romilly [clicky]; free standing (carbon) masts - she looks almost Middle Eastern...


..the mizzen can be used as a main in the tender available from the same builder which I think is a clever idea....

After elegantly pirouetting through 360' as the tide washed me gently this way and that un…

Solent womble..

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Been two weeks since that last (awe inspiring) sail on the windy Sunday, and with a national holiday weekend coming up and a particularly tiring period at work I decided to take the Friday as well and make it a four day weekend, and go sailing..  what swung it was that the tides were also ideal for a long day in the Solent - 0630 and 1900 - so I could leave up until 0930'ish (0900 really as they were pretty neap'ish) and be back on the mooring from about 1600'ish on the next tide..  perfect...

Lovely sunny weather and beautifully warm, but what I hadn't countered for was the wind, and it was a pretty light old day that saw me having a pleasant sail in the Solent getting nowhere in particular while being pushed around by the tides! 

Anyway..  stopped off at the garage to fill the spare can (had an idea I might need the engine today!), and buy provisions, but either way I was off and running by just shy of half eight and a pleasant drifting reach down the harbour and out…

Bosham blast!

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Oh, man...  this was a serious enjoyable bit of windy weather sailing! I've had gusting F6 a few times, but this was fairly consistently mid to high F5 - looking at the old logs this was only the 3rd or 4th time I've had such windy conditions, but Sparrow handled it like a trooper even if her stupid skipper did let her down on the reefing..

So Saturday had been warm, sunny and windy but I'd been busy, Sunday however started grey but the weather gonks on the BBC were promising me sun by the afternoon so I took a fly'er. A 15:30 (big) HT, so I was on the boat by 12:30..

Took the decision to put some reefs in the main there and then, then dropped the mooring and was off down the channel against a spring HT still doing 3+ knots on main alone...  got to Fisherman's at the end of the main channel and came up on to the wind and rolled out 75% of the genoa and she was beginning to shift - wind direction was good enough to easily lay the Marker mark on one tack...

As we we…

Lazy Sunday afternoon.. err.. morning

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And I can't sail my yacht, He's taken everything I've got, All I've got's this sunny afternoon. The Kinks - Sunny Afternoon
..not been out on Sparrow for a couple of weeks so when the morning dawned bright and sunny a decision was quickly made to get going..  can't even say I had a very close look at the forecast, just wanted some "me and boat" time...


As it turned out it was fabulous morning, I enjoyed the sailing, but it wasn't exactly what you'd call windy... very definitely a Kinks moment in time though, just me, the boat, a flask of coffee, and the radio, the sun shone and it was warm as beans - doesn't get much better.. 


Log:



Distance: 6.9 (in 3 hours! ) down to Verner and back
Wind: F1 occasional F2; N went round SWxS; for most of the trip it was just north of west....
Sail Plan: Full main and genoa - once I started for home I took a few rolls in just to help with the tacks
Speed: Max was 4.8 knots which would have been under motor; averag…