Chione is currently ashore – May 19

Chione will be ashore undergoing annual maintenance during May – Jul 19.  In addition to antifouling there are a few jobs that need doing: the most pressing is replacing two seized sea cocks one of which is the engine cooling water inlet and the other the outlet for the heads.  All brightwork will also be sanded down and varnished with several coats of Epifanes.

Photos to follow as work progresses.

Have a good Bank Holiday weekend!

A spot of maintenance – 6 Aug 18

One the way back from Beaulieu the Speed Log stopped working and I couldn’t clear it by rotating it in it’s housing.  A quick swim – the sea temperature is currently around 21C – revealed that it was jammed.

Once removed it became apparent that one of the threaded pins that form a spindle for the rotating paddle had become bent to about 20 degrees from true.  I can only think that I sailed over something that resulted in enough of a knock to the paddle to bend the pin.  It’s now straightened and reassembled, so with luck it’ll be fully functioning for the next outing.


A return visit to the Beaulieu River – 4 & 5 Aug 18

The outbound sail was most probably one of the most challenging with the wind boxing the compass almost twice in the space of 4 hours!  For a sublime quarter of an hour there was a Northerly Force 4, allowing a direct course to be set for Beaulieu.  The remainder of the afternoon was spent getting the most out of the wind shifts and dodging commercial traffic leaving Southampton water.

The lower reaches of the Beaulieu River were busy with other visiting yachts (it was the first day of Cowes Week) which made for an interesting trip up river as I looked for a vacant berth above Needs Ore Point.

The view from the mooring – most of the visible yachts were occupied:102_2017.JPG

A very still evening and amazing sunset.  The ‘bull rope’ from the end of the bowsprit works wonders in keeping the mooring buoy away form the hull and ensuring a quiet night’s sleep:102_2019.JPG

Leaving Beaulieu on Sunday morning.  Light Easterly winds to start with which meant tacking all the way home (and trying to keep out of the way of Cowes Week racing!).  102_2020.JPG


Lymington – 31 Jul and 1 Aug 18

Finally, a windy day!  Left Portsmouth at 1100 and motored to Gilkicker Point.  There was a good SW breeze, so the first reef went in the main.  Then the wind began to falter and I considered shaking out the reef, but by 1400 the wind was well established and by Cowes it was up to Force 5 (17 – 21 knots).  Short, steep seas (the tide was ebbing so wind over tide) made for a lively sail, but Chione handled well with only the odd burst of spray over the deck.  The highest gust noted on the anemometer was 26 knots – towards the top end of Force 6.  A good close-hauled port tack got me into Stanswood Bay before tacking towards Gurnard.  By now the tide was ebbing hard and three more tacks got me to the starting platform at the entrance to the Lymington River.

Motoring into Lymington:102_2001

Looking down river with the Isle of Wight in the distance:102_2003

Moored in Lymington Yacht Haven – one of my favourite marinas to visit, although expensive!102_2006.JPG

Lymington main street at night:102_2008.JPG

1 Aug – Leaving the Yacht Haven at 0830.  A glorious morning and quiet on the water.  Not much wind!102_2011.JPG


The grey gaffer is HesterOGA No 2978, designed by Roger Dongray.  A great looking gaffer!102_2014.JPG

Looking across the Solent to Yarmouth.  Yachts moored on the left are at the entrance to Pylewell Lake.  I like the way the navigation marks draw the eye across the Solent:102_2015.JPG

Another day of light and variable wind, so drifted and sailed up the Solent, arriving back in Portsmouth Harbour at about 1400.  The following photo is taken from the Small Boat Channel looking across at Spice Island and the Still and West public houses.  Gunwharf Quays (formerly HMS Vernon) is to the far left:102_2016.JPG

Solent Day Sail – 22 Jul 18

Sunday 22 July started, like many recent sails, with little wind.  However, by early afternoon there was a good SW breeze and Chione T was in her element.  My brother had joined me for the day and we enjoyed good sailing.

Once back in Portsmouth Harbour we managed to sail to the marina under bare poles.  Some yachts I’ve owned have been less inclined to do this, so it was good to find that Chione T will and it allowed plenty of time to pack sails and get lines and fenders on before arriving alongside.

Portsmouth Harbour and Spinnaker Tower:102_1999

My Brother at the helm:102_1998

Portsmouth Harbour Entrance and the Isle of Wight ferry:102_1994

Priory Bay, Isle of Wight – 8 Jul 18

Another weekend of light and variable winds!  A slow sail from Portsmouth Harbour over to Priory Bay – one of my favourite anchorages when the weather is calm.  Needless to say, many others had had the same idea and the Bay was fairly busy by midday.  The water was crystal clear making it possible to easily see the bottom (at 4m) and lots of Compass Jelly Fish.

The newly repaired GPS worked perfectly (the aerial had ceased to function so was replaced) as did the VHF cockpit speaker which is useful for hearing Shipping Forecasts and Southampton VTS.  I have read that Garmin GPS aerials often fill with rain water which prevents them from working.  Once the old one was removed it was stripped down, but as there was no sign of water ingress, it must have been a more technical failure.

Most of the return journey was under power due to the lack of wind and the tide flooding East.  As luck would have it, by the time I got back to Portsmouth Harbour there was a decent N / NE breeze which helped with getting the main down and stowed while motoring home.

Looking SW towards Seaview:102_1986

The Eastern part of Seaview.  Priory Bay is off to the left of the picture:102_1988

Priory Bay with the entrance to Bembridge Harbour far left:102_1990

The pictures don’t manage to convey the extreme heat!

A day’s sail in the Solent – 27 May 18

After a wet and thundery start Sunday turned out to be a glorious day for sailing with light SE winds.  There were not many other yachts about, maybe due to the wet start.

Conditions were ideal for Chione T and with the wind 60 degrees off the port bow she tramped along happily between 5 – 6 knots.  The shallow bay to the West of Ryde Pier looked inviting, but the sailing was too good to stop and lunch was had underway.

Looking towards Ryde:102_1982

Slightly closer in:102_1980

Beaulieu River – 17 & 18 May 18

This was Chione’s first overnight trip since I purchased her and following a short period ashore at Southsea Marina for annual maintenance.

Although the wind was light and variable it was an enjoyable sail and provided an opportunity to adjust the lashings on the main sail and to reeve the reefing lines.  Mainsail lacing follows the Conor O’Brien method as described in ‘Hand, Reef and Steer’ (Tom Cunliffe ISBN: 9780713672244).  This method has worked well and does not bind on the mast.  The Gaff Saddle has been well lubricated with tallow.

Passing Cowes:102_1974

Approaching the Beaulieu River entrance approximately 2.5hrs after High Water:102_1975

The night was spent in the lower reaches of the River off Needs Ore Point where it is possible to watch other yachts and shipping as well as an abundance of wildlife.  At Low Water the channel narrows with shelter provided by mud banks either side.  An anchor light is a sensible over-night precaution.

Looking East from Needs Ore towards the River entrance:102_1977