21st April 2018 – Shakedown

Start position: The Elephant Boatyard Start time: 12:25 Start engine hrs: 751.4
Towards: Yarmouth ETA:
Distance travelled: 17nm
Finish position: Yarmouth Finish time: 17:05 Finish engine hrs: 753.6
Skipper: Richard Crew: Louise
  • Chance of showers
  • SE2-3
  • Sunset 20:09
  • HW Portsm’th 16:20, 4.4m
  • LW 21:30, 1.2m
  • Tide running W from 15:00
New faults:
  • New gaff end requires adjustment for sheet to run freely and to avoid chafing of lashing
  • GPS is slow to get initial fix
We spend a couple of hours on final preparations, cleaning and bending on the mainsail. The sun fades and a few drops of rain come in as we cast off. It’s surprisingly cool and damp by the time we’re out of the Hamble, where we see ‘Satellite’ hoisting her sails ahead of us. We take a few pictures as we both beat out towards Calshot. They turn back as we bear away for a close reach down to Lepe Spit. Then the wind fades in the shadow of the Island and we drift, waiting for the tide to turn. We see ‘Valerie’ motoring the other way under full sail. Eventually we give up and motor the rest of the way.
It’s a busy afternoon in Yarmouth and we pick up a buoy outside to wait for the harbour staff to find a mooring they think we can get into. While we’re waiting ‘Nightfall’ comes and picks up the next buoy. She’s waiting for the bridge to open. After 40 minutes we’re called in to a finger berth. Supper at ‘The Kings Head’ is followed by a drink at RSYC and thunderstorms once back onboard.
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