Day 8, Tuesday 15th April, of our trip sailing around Britain not such an early start as we only had to get from Yarmouth to Newport today..
Quite a bit of wind over tide when we left Yarmouth, so we had a choppy tacking session up through West Solent, our top speed was 7.1 knots, not bad for a twin bilge. Plenty of water through the channel between the Island and the mainland, so we were able to put in a few tacks, mindful of all the other boats around us also tacking and coming from both directions…..crazy.
We had to watch out for the two ferries at Cowes, one that goes back to the mainland and the other which is a chain ferry, there were plenty of boats to avoid in this area, heavens knows what it must be like Cowes week here.
Sean rang the harbour master at New Port before we left Yarmouth to ask about ‘double tides’ for us none locals we were rather confused, basically it just means, they are in for longer and stay out longer!
Sean did the passage planning, calculating that we would cover 8nm and as we moored up, it was exactly 8nm. It was rather a different passage creeping up the river to Newport, you wouldn’t want to get it wrong, even on a high tide we only had a depth of two meters. Completely different scenery for us as we crept slowly up the river to Newport, river life is so different to the high seas.
When we moored up at the Odessa Boat Yard we were met and greeted by our old friend and owner of Odessa, Jim Holdstock. We just got all our mooring ropes sorted, when Jim came and asked if we wouldn’t mind repositioning her as he remembered that another boat was coming into that place tomorrow….just as well he is a friend!
A silly situation occurred when we went to reposition her. We were asked to place her between two yachts, and it was quite tight. I was on the helm, and Sean was on the port side getting ready to jump off, well he jumped off and let go of the ropes by accident….So I moved her back to the centre of the river, brought all the ropes back to the cockpit and tried again, this time I hailed another lady sitting on her boat and asked for help, on re entering the spot, I threw the ropes to both of them; on rare occasions these things happen, its how we deal with them that counts, so DONT PANIC!
We had a quick cuppa, calmed down and headed off to PC world for either help or to purchase a new laptop. We went straight over to the ‘knowhow’ department, where a very capable young man explained what was wrong and how the issue could be fixed, and would you believe it at no cost, an amazing service from PC World.
We were waylaid here by another friend, Sarah and taken off to the Bargemans Rest, where we caught up over a pint and a shared platter of delicious local country fair. Funnily enough there was quite a lot to chat about, I hate to think what we will be like by the time we have sailed all the way round!
On returning to the boat, Sean re emptied the locker and re checked the transom, which thankfully was dry. We aren’t sure why we had water there, but we will have to check again at our next destination.
We dried out along side the pontoon, the grounding is mud, so we settled slightly bow down.
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On reflection the journey from Yarmouth to Newport was pretty uneventful, it was the arriving that caused the stress levels to elevate! Mind you after a few at the Bargemans we all appear a little calmer!
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