9am arrived and Duncan headed off to the chandlers for a replacement shackle whilst I took advantage of a Sainsburys just around the corner from the marina to stock up on goodies to feed us all with. I luckily saw Mike there - he came in for a bottle of water and ended up carrying all the shopping back to the boat - perfect!
Beautiful morning, lovely sunshine but less than a knot of wind - seems we either have too much wind, broken equipment or no wind - we will make it around Britain somehow!
Its now 11am and with out boat fixed we headed out of the marina and went looking for wind.
|One of the many craft in the Solent - but FRENCH!|
Motoring along the Solent, avoiding other traffic and eventually passing by The Needles
|The Needles looked so beautiful in the sunshine|
|Chris steers us safely away from The Needles|
Tiger bread seems to have been a big hit with the crew and there lurked a left over baguette which I made up into French Bread Pizzas for lunch - yum!
John said he didn't realise there was tiger bread left over - as he would “have been at it all night - the tiger bread that is”! He is funny!
A lovely lesson this morning on management of “heads” (thats toilet not mental health by the way), at each head there is a holding tank which normally empty into the sea. However, Chris and Pete’s head became blocked and the head was 75%full. This meant it needed forcing out by dismantling the pipe from the vent outlet, attaching it to the bellows (are you following me so far?) and increasing the air pressure in the tank to force it out to sea - what a shit job!
Its now 2.30 in the afternoon and we have been sailing for an hour - managed to pick up some wind now we are out of shelter of the land and we are tacking, achieving just over 4 knots - speed over ground. We should make it round the coast of Britain in time for 2020 at this rate!
Beautiful afternoon and we are all enjoying the sunshine which is more than compensating for the lack of wind - a couple of hours with the sails up before we reverted to motor power. The beautiful Dorset coast came into view - Jurassic Coast and we planned to anchor for the night.
The beautiful Dorset coastline
Duncan brought us to a superb spot when we dropped anchor at Chapmans Pool, just round the corner from St Albans Head. What a beautiful spot to spend the night! G&T fixed for us all
|I teach the module on fixing a perfect G&T 100% pass rate only accepted|
and Pete set the crab line into the water - I ordered a large Tuna, but think I might be asking a bit too much from him.
|Pete Multitasking - fishing and enjoying a G&T|
For dinner tonight I cooked Chicken enchiladas - made a huge pile with only a small portion left over - so another successful dinner! Lovely to cook for appreciative stomachs!
|Teaching never stops....|
|But always enjoyable - even the skipper smiles on occasions!|
Managed to take a look at my photos for the day and we decided that Mike looked like something from a Kay’s catalogue
|Mike AKA Kay's Catalogue Man|
Settled down to sleep by 11 - its amazing how much the sea air makes you feel tired at the end of the day with or without a siesta along the way!
Speaking of which, John managed a pre-dinner snooze and I set up a photo opportunity for the baked bean hating man! Did I mention he ate the sausage and bean casserole the other day?