Sail to Yarmouth IOW - 7th August 2008
Introduction

Crew – PJ plus Guy Davis, John Major, Malcolm Shipton and Peter Milwood.

Crew c.v. with PJ boats

Guy Davis – Fastnet 1995

Malcolm Shipton – Co-owner of 505 dinghy and Fireball crew with the skipper. Fastnet 1991

John Major – Passages to Cherbourg and RTI Races. Father of Ginny and Ben Major, both In X Celsis Fastnet veterans! Peter Milwood – Member of Fastnet Crew 2007 when skipper fell off ladder and entry cancelled!

The w/e began in good style with PJ John and Guy having an excellent evening supper on Friday in the Royal Southern Yacht Club.

Malcolm and Peter M arrived early Saturday morning to collect sails from sail locker and make the boat ready for passage. Weather forecast – Winds SW 5/6/7 possibly Gale 8 later! Strong wind warning for Solent.

With storm trysail rigged as small main and No.4 headsail and deck, we departed Hamble Yacht Services at 1100 hrs.

Following two reaches from the bottom of Southampton Water, it was clear that the sail was to be a hard one. Wind already gusting 35 kts made for an interesting beat up the shipping channel to West Bramble. 40kts plus in mid Solent gave a stiff sail West holding 270 degrees with a freshening breeze peaking at storm force to 52 kts!

With some crisp tacking and several drenching from the heavier waves, we made it safely to Yarmouth by 1600 hrs. A welcome repast of pork pies with usual mustard, washed down with a couple of beers, rewarded the crew for their performance!

On shore, a beer in “The King’s Head” followed by musical mealtime in Salty’s proved great fun with no room for lap dancers! A quiet beer in the Royal Solent preceded our return to the boat and late night “Highland Park” single malt.

The return passage to Hamble began in 42 kts off Yarmouth and on the strengthening Eastgoing tide with only the No.4 headsail, a passage of only 2 hours saw us safe back in Hamble.

A great w/e was had by all!

Thanks from Skipper.


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