24 July 2018 – Cowes to Cowes

Start position
Cowes
Start time
10:26
Start engine hours
832
Towards
ETA
09:37
Distance travelled
13
Finish position
Cowes
Finish time
14:46
Finish engine hours
833
Skipper
Richard
Crew
Louise
Weather
  • SW2-3
  • Sunshine
Tide
  • HW Portsmouth 10:10
  • LW Portsmouth 15:30, 1.7m
New faults
Np->Sp %
37
We pick up a mooring outside Cowes, as we wait for the wind to fill in. Then we’re off West on the ebb tide again. We get a clean start today and fetch straight across to Beaulieu. There it’s a gybe and hug Lepe Spit to get out of the tide. The bigger boats are coming back at the same time and we are treated to two varnished 8 metres racing past us. ‘Rosenn’ and ‘Dorothy’ both cu across the spit. ‘Rosenn’ doesn’t make it, but is safely towed off. The fleet compresses behind us, as we fight the tide. Eventually we’re clear, but ‘Winifred’ has passed us. Then it’s a reach to the East and a beat back to the finish line.
Once ashore, we’re joined by Mary, who is with us for the rest of the week, then Miles and Emily for tomorrow. We make a brief visit to the reception at the Cowes Classic Boat museum, then L cooks aboard for us and Satellite’s crew.
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