14th October 2017 – Burlsedon to Newtown

  • Start position – The Elephant Boatyard
  • Start time – 10:00
  • Start engine hrs – 747.9
  • Towards – Newtown
  • ETA –  14:00
  • Finish position – Newtown
  • Finish time – 14:15
  • Finish engine hrs – 749.8
  • Distance travelled – 17nm
  • Skipper – Richard
  • Crew – Louise,
  • Weather – WSW2-3
  • Tide – HW Portsmouth 07:30, 20:00, 4.1m
    • LW Yarmouth 12:30, 1.6m
    • np->sp 0%
  • New faults – i70 blank

In the interests of sociability we’ve decided to head for Newtown, against both wind and tide. Still it’s a pleasant day for a gentle sail in October. We see ‘Sepia’ ahead of us as we head out of the river and are soon following them across the Solent, well to the East of Bramble Bank for once. Maybe there’s a little ebb tide still carrying us the right way, but it won’t last. We pass ’Sepia’ and then meet ‘Spinaway X’ working her way up the island coast. We tack and start working our way West. As we approach Beaulieu we see ‘High Barbaree’ going the other way. We pass ‘Prolific’, the Ocean Youth Trust’s new 26m ketch. She looks ideally suited to a gaff rig, but is making slow progress under a reefed Bermudan rig.

The wind has been dropping all morning, with the tide building and the Solent full of boats that may be heading for the same destination, we start the engine and motor the rest of the way. The main multi-instrument display has gone blank for no obvious reason. Fortunately we can display depth information on the autopilot and iPad as well. Newtown is busy, but still includes people finishing lunch. A mooring soon opens up and we’re comfortable enough. ‘Sepia’ follows us in and rafts alongside. We can see ‘Jan Mayen’ further up the river, but there doesn’t look to be much water there.

Sue, David, Tim & Lyn join us onboard for L’s beef stew and a convivial evening is had by all.

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