12th August 2017 – Bembridge BBQ

  • Start position – Yarmouth
  • Start time – 09:30
  • Start engine hrs – 728.5
  • Towards – Bembridge
  • ETA – 13:00
  • Finish position –  Bembridge
  • Finish time – 13:20
  • Finish engine hrs – 729.4
  • Distance travelled – 18nm
  • Skipper – Richard
  • Crew – Louise,
  • Weather – NW3-4
  • Tide – HW Bembridge 15:10, 4.3m
    • np->sp 62%
  • New faults –

The overnight rain clears and we’re set for a sunny return to Solent life. The tide turns just as we’re planning how to extract ourselves from a tight pontoon. We change our plan and pull ourselves around on the bow line. We follow ‘East Breeze’ out, who hoisted her mainsail before departure. By the time we’ve got our sails set ‘East Breeze’ is almost at Newtown. The flood tide sweeps us East on flat water at over 8kts. From Cowes it’s almost directly downwind and we finally catch ‘East Breeze’ just after Osborne Bay. Then it’s round Ryde Sands and down to Bembridge. We join the queue motoring in and raft up alongside ‘High Barbaree’. ‘Lone Wolf’ rafts up to us an hour later, closely followed by ‘Fursten’. A 6th boat later joins our raft. Changed over to new gas bottle.

Then it’s a sociable afternoon on board, acting as an overflow for drinks on ‘Lone Wolf’. Followed by a barbecue ashore, complete with sea shanties.

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