The day I arrived back at Heathrow it was warm and sunny but it didn't last. After a lovely Fun Day at Minima by mid-week it was unseasonly cold. The last weekend in May is a bank holiday and we planned a sail across the channel to France so the weather was predictably cold and windy. Despite everything, dressed correctly (there's no such thing as bad weather only wrong clothing) Joe, Kevin and myself had a great weekend sailing west through the Solent to Yarmouth and then on to Poole harbour and Swanage Bay.
Sounds like a lot of indecision? Well yes the wind was not exactly as forecast. Having knocked a cross channel jaunt on the head we beat down the Solent to spend a pleasant night in Yarmouth moored safely against the harbour wall with a gale warning for the Wight area. In the morning it was a bit grey when we set off initially for Studland. Then as the wind changed we decided on Swanage Bay to the south of Studland only to have the wind veer as we approached in the early afternoon, Temptress altered course for Poole to look for a sheltered spot for the night. The Town Quay there was full due to a local regatta so we negotiated the shallow Wills Cut and dropped the hook instead off Pottery Pier on the North west side of Brownsea Island.
Friends from our home marina on Musketeer were already anchored under the white cliffs of Ballard Down on the north side of the bay close by to the only other boat in the anchorage. It was too rolly with the left over swell from the previous day's gale to raft together so Temptress anchored close by. And it proved to continue through the night as well so what sleep we got was a little restless. Then yesterday under partially cloudy skies we headed back to Portsmouth with the wind once again forward of the beam but it was a cracking sail with the tide almost all the way. In through Hurst Narrows via the North Channel, threading our way through the starboard tackers, past Cowes and on up the Solent back to our berth. It might have been a tad colder than Bahrain but we had loads of fun on the water. Thanks guys for a great weekend.