When I moved from Hampshire to Cornwall nearly two years ago I had intended to keep Chione in her home marina of Whale Island (Portsmouth) and have alternate weekends sailing, spending non-sailing weekends at home. Coronavirus rather put pay to that plan, and coupled with work commitments, it became apparent that moving her closer to home was the only option that would allow me to sail regularly and keep on top of maintenance. The first lockdown did nothing for Chione and her varnish work has suffered somewhat; the poor weather hasn’t helped either, but I hope to address varnish work over the coming months.
So, over the weekend of 17 and 18 Jul I took Chione up to Port Solent Marina, Portsmouth and de-rigged her ready for mast un-step and lift to transport on Mon 19. I used the same company who brought her down from Scotland in 2018 to haul her to Plymouth. She was even on the same trailer! I can’t speak highly enough of South West Boat Transport – no relation or business interest – they purely did a good job! Chione will be launched on Mon 2 Aug at Queen Anne’s Battery Marina, Plymouth and once her mast is stepped I’ll take her round the corner to her new home in King Point Marina (by the Continental Ferry Port).
It has been a wrench leaving Whale Island after nearly 30 years, but I am very much looking forward to exploring the Devon and Cornwall coastlines as well as Plymouth harbour.
Give me a wave if you see me out sailing!