28th September 2016 – Newtown to Bursledon

  • Start position – Newtown
  • Start time – 09:15
  • Start engine hrs – 623.7
  • Towards – The Elephant Boatyard
  • ETA – 12:00
  • Finish position – The Elephant Boatyard
  • Finish time – 12:30
  • Finish engine hrs – 624.4
  • Distance travelled – 12nm
  • Skipper – Richard
  • Crew – Louise
  • Weather – SW3-4
  • Tide – HW Portsmouth 10:50
    • np->sp 37%
  • New faults –
The silence below deck is confirmed by poking my head above deck just before dawn. There’s no movement of any sort. We haven’t heard a ripple against the hull overnight. The sun rises on a perfect September morning, with a light breeze. The wildlife are waking up. There’s a brief disturbance that appears to be a seal catching its breakfast. A pair of swans race past at low level. At the entrance, one turns East, the other West. 2 more stick to the water, clearly expecting their breakfast from us. It’s a perfect morning, but the forecast for tomorrow is not so good, so we’ve decided to head home.

Our neighbours, in a light modern yacht, hoist their sails, before motoring off the mooring. We’re lying to the flood tide, across the wind, so sails will need to wait until we’re out. The wind is up to a solid F3 and it’s straight downwind to Calshott. Again, we’re slightly late on the tide, but we’re not in a hurry.

Lunch at The Ferry, because we’re on holiday(!), then home.

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