Hamble to Yarmouth

Sunday 10th June 2012

Winds SE 4-5, sea state slight

NM 19.5

We’d had an amazing weekend celebrating the 80th anniversary of the Royal Air Force Yacht Club, dancing the night away on Saturday, and then up and shipshape to make Whinchat look presentable for the Parade of Sail.  This was a very emotional experience, as we joined 26 other boats, mostly dressed all over, as we paraded along Southampton Water to take the salute of the Commodores past and present, along with the Admiral.

We had to watch the fashion show, gear supplied by Andark, models from our very own yacht club members…. and who would want to miss Robin or Ben strut their stuff! It was very entertaining, and all the volunteers were amazing!  We certainly learned more about technical clothing, and that we should never wear jeans under our foulies… whoops!!

We gathered up our additional crew member, Nicky (also one of the models) and cast our lines for Yarmouth.  We were leaving the party early, but we also wanted to catch the tide (unlike the last beat we had up to Yarmouth, when we positioned ourselves for the channel crossing).  We set off at 16:00, bang on time.  Nicky was shattered having had a rushing around couple of days, and was content not to helm… So, we stuck Pete on the helm, in the slight rain and the Yankee coasted us along nicely.  Two-and-a-half hours… that’s more like it!  Yarmouth was pretty quiet, not that surprising given the grim weather over the weekend, and Tim was there to take our lines! We were hoping that Tim would accompany us on our passage to Falmouth – but the weather gods weren’t landing on whether it was looking favourable or not!  We said goodbye to Nicky, and Tim whisked us back to his place for a lovely evening.  The big decision of the evening was whether to have wine or not – it wasn’t looking that favourable for a early dawn start, so we opted for a pleasant evening, with wine, and a ‘we’ll see’ the following day…