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Look what I got to go on yesterday.. 

...if you Google "Suhaili" [clicky] you'll know why this was an amazement and an honour...  and she was looking superb, and there's no way I would have gone round the world in her.. hats off...

Beat, sideways, beat, sideways, and repeat..

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One of those very typical summer days in the harbour - I spent the afternoon battling the (biggish) tide hurtling though the narrows by Marker - didn't care though, F3 gusting 4 very occasionally, wall to wall sunshine - lot of south in the wind (sea breeze?) - finally gave up and motored south of Marker for a little free sailing across Pilsea Sands before heading for home slightly crisp round the edges and salty... brilliant day

A pleasure to meet up with one of my fellow club members while I was out - this is Pete on his immaculate Trident, "Red Stripe"..  couldn't figure out what I was doing wrong as he was going upwind like a train - then I spotted the cooling water outlet!


...and Pete's Mum returned the favour...  always a pleasure to get pictures of your boat under way...



Log:



Distance: 10.23 which takes me through the 100 mile for the season! (cumulative total in the mileage tab at the top)
Wind: F4 going F3; SWxS
Sail Plan: Full main, few rolls in the genoa

Crafty day on the water...

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..is there anything better???

So.....  with a healthy number of days in the work holiday bank, and the knowledge that it is now August and I have yet to set foot outside the harbour in Sparrow, and the fact that the weather is closing in again at the end of the week, and and and...  I booked Tuesday off for a "double tide'r"

HT was 0700 and 0730 so I had the option of dropping the mooring between 8 and 9 in the morning and getting back on the mooring from about 1630 onwards... forecast on the face of it was good - F4's/sunny and SW'ly - decision made - go for it... I was looking for a day in the Solent hopefully to get far enough west to get a view of the American aircraft carrier if it was still there....

So it was that on a lovely sunny morning at just before 9, with a little breeze, I was shaking out the reefs from Sunday (expecting a F4), the outboard was burbling, the packet of 'All Day Breakfast' sandwiches stored, and away we went..  having rolled…

Merlin summer...

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Late afternoon (quick) trip as the tides were very early and late over the weekend, but after last weekends washout (wind, rain and Grandson's 4th birthday party...  well ok...  even if it had been perfect sunny force 4's in the middle of the day I wouldn't have missed that birthday party! )

So it was that 3 of the afternoon on the Sunday saw me emptying out a half buck of rain water from the bilges, and a quarter bucket from the keels (I need to get those coach roof rails re-bedded this winter!) and putting in the reefs for what looked like a windy and breezy old day...

Dropped the mooring with main up and pushed off quickly down the ditch to Northney..  looked to be more wind than the forecast was suggesting there'd be..  got to the top of the main channel by Fisherman's and cracked some genoa and was moving nicely when these two came over..


...yeah they were moving a bit quickly but that's a Spitfire and a Hurricane [clicky] mock dog fighting overhead..  the…