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Verner vidi vici...

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Moons and stars aligned to allow a swift trip out to the boat yesterday.. Even up to the last minute a sail was a bit doubtful, but when eldest turned round and told me I was not required for Granddad duties it seemed a shame to waste the opportunity..   wonders will never cease!

We're in a boom period period on the weather front currently - in the last post I mentioned it was either boom or bust with regard to wind all summer, and this weekend was definitely boom..  force 5 gusting 6 was forecast, but with a 20:00 high tide and sunset at 1830/1900'ish it was only ever going to be a short burst charge up the creek and back..

As it turned out it was significantly better than that..

So four hours before high water and the tide could be seen so I launched anyway as I had the broom with me for a quick end of season scrub at the water line - 20 minutes with my tried and trusted [clicky] saw festoons of weed and antifoul cloud disapearing off down tide, but we had a much cleaner bo…

Southampton Boat Show 2016 and other stuff..

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Bit of an involuntary hiatus in the season has been hit ... 
third week in a row now of either duff tides (very early/0700'ish and correspondingly late) or, weather...  We seem to have hit a period of it either blowing old boots, or flat as a flat thing...  Google also tells me it's the first day of Autumn today so the other issue for this time of the year is earlier evenings..  beginning to come on for dusk from 1900'ish so that rules out post work sailing.. ...  what is increasingly frustrating though is that mid-week conditions have been superb at times... while I've been at work...

..all of which means that as much as I'd like to - not much sailing has been done but it doesn't mean stuff hasn't been happening..

Got out to Sparrow last weekend to check her out - some rain as usual but otherwise good... I did take the opportunity to put a whipping on some new line I picked up cheap at Homebase (of all places) and replaced the thinner cord I was using on …

Post work wind down

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Been a long while since that last drift ..  week and a half as last Sunday was dreich to say the least...  I must admit I was beginning to champ at the bit, so last night I dipped out of work early for a little water based therapy..


Nothing untoward then - just a pleasant couple of hours, in an unusual wind direction, with a small diversion half way to check out a channel that I have never ever to my knowledge sailed in.. 


...it was an hour after high so it wasn't what you would call a full Magellan/Frobisher like survey...

The weed is beginning to build - if the tail end of Hurricane Hermine plays ball this weekend (she's due to touch down on Friday/Saturday I think) I'll take the scrubbing brush out and give the underneath some attention this weekend...  the weather is remarkably warm, it was 22'+ last night, which bodes well for the rest of the season..

The sharp eyed among you will have noted the arrival of the countdown counter..  yep...  that time of the year a…