18th September 2015

  • Start position – RSrnYC
  • Start time – 15:10
  • Start engine hrs – 568.0
  • Towards – Yarmouth
  • ETA –
  • Finish position – Yarmouth
  • Finish time – 18:05
  • Finish engine hrs – 568.8
  • Distance travelled – 16nm
  • Skipper – Richard
  • Crew – Louise
  • Weather – SW 2-3, partly cloudy
  • New faults –
We’re off to Yarmouth again, for the RSYC Centenary Chase tomorrow. We leave immediately after high water and a thunderstorm at Hamble, letting the first of the ebb tide guide us out of our berth. ‘Roma’ clearly has the same idea, following us down the Hamble. With the wind in the South West, we’re able to hoist before we leave the river, providing a gentle sail down Southampton Water. ‘Roma’ is gaining on us, as we pass Calshot, Fortunately the wind strengthens slightly and they stop to reef, kindly avoiding embarrassing us. The same breeze lifts ‘Ivy Green’ and we’re away, pulled upwind of Bramble Bank by the ebb tide, we’re soon tacking off Gurnard and making rapid progress towards Beaulieu.  It’s upwind again, but with a following tide, flat seas, sunshine and the Yankee jib, we’re racing down the Solent in perfect conditions.
We start packing up almost 2nm out from Yarmouth and are just done in time to round the pier and be guided into our customary straight-in finger berth. The harbour is well populated with gaffers large and small, from ‘Sepia’ to ‘Polly Agatha’. We risk supper at ‘Salty’s’, followed by a drink in the Royal Solent.

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