Report on the Long weekend Cruise to Poole / Weymouth 8-11 July 2010

Roy Demery and Mike Bourne report on their cruise to Poole and Weymouth:On the Thursday evening Skipper Andy Shrimpton, Steve Davies, Adele Wisbey, Roy Demery, Wally Mathews, Mike and Lewis Bourne assembled on board Ca’Canny a 40 ft Najad at Hamble Point Marina. This was Mike and Lewis”s first cruise with the BTOSC and Mike”s first experience of sailing.With the provisions for the voyage purchased and after introductions over a pleasant meal at the Ketch Rigger, we settled down for the first night on board.After a hearty breakfast  we slipped the Marina at 09.05 the next morning.  With a long sail ahead and the wind on the nose we motored down to the Needles and then tacked around the range at Lulworth Cove.  It was a great day’s sail in brilliant sunshine with winds gusting up to Force 6 in the early afternoon and then settling down to a steady F 4-5.With Lewis at the helm, the ever present Andy (ably supervised by Steve) and Adele and Wally providing timely refreshment we made steady progress, and arrived in Weymouth in time for the 20.00 bridge lift. An impromptu Man Overboard display in the Marina ended the activity on the water and the nightlife of Weymouth beckoned – one party finished the day reminiscing over Pizza and Pasta, while the other went in search of an Elvis Impersonator.Saturday started more leisurely and we left the Oyster Festival at Weymouth on the 12.00 bridge lift and headed off the wind to Poole; the weather stayed sunny and with slightly less wind, sunburn seemed to be the greatest hazard. Another great afternoon’s sail we finally moored in Poole in the early evening.On Sunday, we awoke to light drizzle and due to the tide change at the Needles left early at 06.45. With very little company on the water, we motored out of Poole past Sandbanks and the chain ferry, then with gybe preventer fitted sailed downwind towards the Isle of Wight. The sun quickly returned, we crossed the overfalls uneventfullly, and although making good progress, after several tacks we narrowly missed the tide at Hurst Narrows, so motored on back through a busy Solent to the ‘Hamble Scramble’.When we left Hamble only 2 days earlier, we had varying sailing backgrounds- some first timers, some returning to sailing after a break, but after a brilliant weekend’s sailing I’m sure we all returned enthused, and ready for the next excursion on the water.Many thanks, Andy for a very memorable weekend. RD.—-This was Mikes first experience of Sailing so in his report Mike said “I didn”t know what to expect….  The weather did not disappoint on the morning or indeed the whole weekend as we sailed from Hamble Point on our long day into Weymouth. The sailing was fantastic even though Lewis suffered slightly on his first trip from sea sickness….. Andy and the team rallied together and found that helming helped him massively and he enjoyed it too.  Tired to be honest but with a life experience behind us both…… I”ve written to Andy personally to thank him and would extend that to my fellow crew members.  I look forward to sailing again.”

Long Weekend Poole/Weymouth Cruise (Thurs. 8th. – Sun. 11th. July)

On the Thursday evening Skipper Andy Shrimpton, Steve Davies, Adele Wisbey, Roy Demery, Wally Mathews, Mike and Lewis Bourne assembled on board Ca’Canny a 40 ft Najad at Hamble Point Marina. With the provisions for the voyage purchased and after introductions over a pleasant meal at the Ketch Rigger, we settled down for the first night on board.

Friday after a hearty breakfast we slipped the Marina at 09.05 and with a long sail ahead and the wind on the nose we motored down to the Needles and then tacked on around the range at Lulworth Cove.

It was a great day’s sail in brilliant sunshine with winds gusting up to Force 6 in the early afternoon and then settling down to a steady F 4-5.

With Lewis at the helm, the ever present Andy (ably supervised by Steve) and Adele and Wally providing timely refreshment we made steady progress, and arrived in Weymouth in time for the 20.00 bridge lift.

An impromptu Man Overboard display in the Marina ended the activity on the water and the nightlife of Weymouth beckoned – one party finished the day reminiscing over Pizza and Pasta, while the other went in search of an Elvis Impersonator.

Saturday started more leisurely and we left the Oyster Festival at Weymouth on the 12.00 bridge lift and headed off the wind to Poole; the weather stayed sunny and with slightly less wind, sunburn seemed to be the greatest hazard. Another great afternoon’s sail, finally mooring in Poole in the early evening.

Sunday, we awoke to light drizzle and due to the tide change at the Needles left early at 06.45. With very little company on the water, we motored out of Poole past Sandbanks and the chain ferry, then with gybe preventer fitted sailed downwind towards the Isle of Wight. The sun quickly returned, we crossed the overfalls uneventfullly, and although making good progress, after several tacks we narrowly missed the tide at Hurst Narrows, so motored on back through a busy Solent to the ‘Hamble Scramble’.

When we left Hamble only 2 days earlier, we had varying sailing backgrounds- some first timers, some returning to sailing after a break, but after a brilliant weekend’s sailing I’m sure we all returned enthused, and ready for the next excursion on the water.

Many thanks, Andy for a very memorable weekend. RD.