Chichester Marina to Cowes – 08th August 201
So, it is time to finally set sail. It now feels like the real thing and I am eager to get underway. Unfortunately the weather was bleak. I spent the morning loading the sails on the new mast and Holman Rigging kindly offered me a bit of time to familiarize myself with the new reefing system.
We were joined at 11:00 AM by the third crew member; Olly Rice, who would join us for the sail down to Lymington although looking at the weather this would be more like a motor than a sail as the wind would struggle to reach anything above a force 2.
We set off from Chichester at 14:30, hoping to arrive in Shepherd’s Wharf Marina (Cowes) around 17:30. Once we had rounded West Pole we headed into the Solent but as we thought there was no wind so it was a motor all the way.
It was great being back in the Solent and seeing familiar sights such as the Forts, Portsmouth and plenty of shipping. Olly took the helm for most of the journey although I feel he was disappointed not to be able to sail.
We arrived in Cowes around 17:30 and went for dinner at the Anchor; after that we walked the promenade to take in the still night over the Solent.
Total Miles: 229.6