After so much rain there was a weather window of 24hrs that looked like it would be dry! When I left Portsmouth at 1030 on Tue 15 Oct there was very little wind and poor visibility. Motoring towards Gilkicker Point, Jolie Brise was anchored off Haslar with crew members taking a swim – the sea temperature was about 16C! Not much wind all the way to Cowes, so the engine and autopilot did most of the work. A heavy shower off Norris Castle was a disappointment as it has started to brighten up.
I have always enjoyed visiting Cowes – especially when it is quiet – and this visit didn’t disappoint. Initially the Visitors’ area of Shepards Wharf Marina was empty, until a couple of sail training yachts arrived at about 1630. A walk into town and along the front to Gurnard was enjoyable and warm enough to wear just a t-shirt. I also located The Coast Bar and Dining Room where I had arranged to meet a good friend for drinks. A really enjoyable evening followed – definitely good to catch up and put the world to rights. I can recommend the Coast Bar – really friendly, great atmosphere, and they do a good pint of cider!
The return trip to Portsmouth was wet and windy. Experimented with sailing under just jib, then jib and staysail, and eventually also hoisted the main to make the most out of the conditions and have a good return sail. Already looking forward to the next visit to Cowes!
Light wind and calm sea off Osborne Bay:
Heading into Cowes via the Eastern Channel: