26th May 2017 – Hamble to Poole

  • Start position – The Elephant Boatyard
  • Start time – 12:00
  • Start engine hrs – 635.6
  • Towards – Poole, Salterns Marina
  • ETA –  18:00
  • Finish position – Poole, Salterns Marina
  • Finish time – 18:00
  • Finish engine hrs – 637.5
  • Distance travelled – 37nm
  • Skipper – Richard
  • Crew – Louise
  • Weather – ESE 4-5, sun
  • Tide – HW Portsmouth 12:20 – 4.9m, LW 17:50 – 0.5m
    • LW Poole 17:00 – 0.3m
    • np->sp 83%
  • New faults
    • Red marks on hull
    • Raspberry Pi logging keeps stopping

The Easterly breeze, lines up with the spring tide and conditions are perfect for a fast sunny passage to Poole. There’s a pause as we leave the Hamble, with a close encounter with a port marker post. We return to the visitors’ pontoon to report to the harbour master and check for damage. Everything looks fine, apart from a few red marks, so we’re soon on our way again. We motor a little further out than usual to avoid a slow beat against the tide to Calshot. We need to ensure we get past Hurst before the tide turns. From Calshot it’s a reach down the Solent on flat water. We race out through the Needles channel, bear away and it’s straight downwind to Poole. We rig the gybe preventer for the first time and furl the jib. This combination lets us sail comfortably by the lee, with staysail and main goose-winged. It might be a different story in a swell, but it works well in these conditions. Our speed over the ground doesn’t drop below 6kts, thanks to the following spring tide, until we gybe into the Swash Channel and sail into Poole harbour.

It’s a low spring tide as arrive, so there’s no water to get into South Deep. We’re booked into Salterns Marina instead. This turns out to be rather motor boat focussed and also touch and go for water. We scrape in over the mud. Supper is at Salterns Hotel, which feels a bit like a Premier Inn by the sea.

The Raspberry PI logging has proved unreliable, so no GPS logs on this trip.
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