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Evening bliss..

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Forgot to take my camera or phone with me so no pictures I'm afraid, but what a blissful evening sail on Monday...

Short sail after work - tide from 5 (HT 20:10) so slipped out from work, and had dropped the mooring by quarter past after first taking out the reefs from the main that feel like they've been there all summer...

Not much of a wind - sea breeze mostly - and a S/SSE'ly (Cambermet says pure S for most of it) but it was enough to remove the cares of the world as I had a nice beat up to the end of Sweare Deep, and a few tacks and gavottes at the end of the Emsworth channel before getting a good tidal push back to the mooring an hour and  a half later where beer was drunk while watching the world go by..

Must do that again...

No issues, but I am thinking that having lived with it for a good two to three years now, the genoa is going to have to be cut down - I rarely if ever use it fully rolled out, and for short tacking it's a nightmare..  will get it adjusted…

7.1

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Just a short trip put on yet another windy afternoon... I can't remember the last time we had such an extended period of high winds..  undoubtedly it's something to do with the jet stream or rather it's position vis a vis the UK, but nonetheless while the sailing is exciting, it is also brutal, allows for few mistakes, and is hard on boats....

So as I say - just a short trip - it was already blowing old boots when I started, but it was building more by the time I got to the Pilsey buoys/markers and to be honest it was just sheer machismo to keep going, so rather than hold on for HISC I turned at NE Pilsey and had the most amazing drag race back to the head of the Northney channel - I was clocking 6's all the way and the occasional 7, and even a 7.1 (all SOG of course, and I had a bit of tide with me, but even so..)

At the top of the channel and just past Marker it was time for a bit of experimentation - headed up into the wind and dropped the main so I could see how s…

Jolly Boys Cruise - 2017

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I am just back from the Jolly Boys Cruise which was unusual this year in comprising only 6 hours of actual sailing in four days and nights of time on the boat!   It was unfortunate indeed that the cruise coincided with a period of perhaps the strongest wind we've had in some time - and not a little rain - but banter, good food and beer, all in quantity, made up for it I think..

Friday 2nd

Late get away, but for the first time this year we got away on Friday evening in order to get us as far west in the Solent as possible before deciding any further plans on what we would do over the next four or five days...  given the time, and the look in t'other Dave's eye when we said it might be a while before we ate (and this was already 6:30 in the evening) the engine went on and two hours later we were in East Cowes Marina and picking up our first beers of the trip in The Lifeboat (excellent beer, excellent food, but the entertainment was a chap strangling his cat, sorry electric g…