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.
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:
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:
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!).
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:
Looking down river with the Isle of Wight in the distance:
Moored in Lymington Yacht Haven – one of my favourite marinas to visit, although expensive!
Lymington main street at night:
1 Aug – Leaving the Yacht Haven at 0830. A glorious morning and quiet on the water. Not much wind!
The grey gaffer is Hester – OGA No 2978, designed by Roger Dongray. A great looking gaffer!
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:
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:
Beaulieu Sunset – May 18:
Gaff Main – Approx 222Sq ft (20.6m2):
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:
My Brother at the helm:
Portsmouth Harbour Entrance and the Isle of Wight ferry:
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:
The Eastern part of Seaview. Priory Bay is off to the left of the picture:
Priory Bay with the entrance to Bembridge Harbour far left:
The pictures don’t manage to convey the extreme heat!
A couple of photos taken while sailing up Portsmouth Harbour.
French and Belgian Naval Vessels alongside with Semaphore Tower in the background and HMS Warrior (1860) to the far right. The masts of HMS Victory are far left (top masts removed):
Looking North with HM Naval Base to starboard: