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August Bank Holiday Cuise 2017
« on: 30 Aug 2017, 20:09 »

Two boats, six crew, lots of sunshine and a fair bit of sailing - that sums up the Bank Holiday Cruise on 26 - 28 Aug.

With High Water mid afternoon and Lymington or Yarmouth as destination for Sat night, departure around mid day was planned for Sea Holly in Gosport and Lady J in Chichester. Unfortunately, hold ups at the refuelling berth and getting through the lock delayed LJ and it looked like she would need to motor in the light south westerly wind. Sea Holly managed to sail slowly with the tide, but keeping an eye on Distance to Waypoint and Speed over the Ground for a late afternoon arrival at Lymington Yacht Haven. We had managed to book into LYH but only one 16 metre berth was available for both boats (total length just under 19 metre).

Just as we were about to fire up SH's donkey motor, the wind picked up and we were soon beating in 16 - 19 knots. Both boats arrived at Lymington together. After a bit on discussion on VHF, SH backed into the 16 metre berth, bows touching the finger so she was diagonal in the berth. LJ came in bow first, overlapping SH by about 3 meters and with her stern made fast to the finger (all a lot easier in practice than to describe).

Sunday was a glorious day but with light winds. Both boats got sails up and SH managed to sail to Calshot. We picked up a buoy for lunch while LJ went ahead as pathfinder to seek berths at Elephant Boat Yard. Unfortunately, all berths had been taken by the Swanwick, Bursledon and Waarsash regatta. LJ decided to go to Gosport as she needed to move to her new berth at Wicor on Monday. SH made her way up Southampton Water ahead of a huge container ship, I think the 114,000 tonne MSC Tomoko, which finally passed us we prepared to berth at Marchwood Yacht Club.

Monday brought more fine weather and light winds. After motoring out of Soton Water with the last of the ebb, we sailed slowly with the tide to Gilkicker before making our way back to POG. LJ spent the morning sorting out her new berth.

I thoroughly enjoyed the weekend and I hope others did also.



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Re: August Bank Holiday Cuise 2017
« Reply #1 on: 01 Sep 2017, 13:32 »

Excellent - was very hot work getting my garden back under control. Glad you got some wind - it was virtually dead still in the garden. Nice to see LJ and SH back out.