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Drilling it in to us

Well, although there wasn’t much wind today we did a fair amount of practising. After leaving the marina we practised mooring up on a training pontoon (so called pontoon bashing) a couple of times, which gave the boys a chance to take turns in stepping off and get the lines secured.

Then we moved back out on to the Solent and tacked repeatedly. Although the wind was very calm it was very repetitive and again a chance to practice something over and over again.


Finally, we did a number of man overboard drills (which freaked Helen out a bit!) – our fastest time was about 3m 55s.

Then into Lymington’s Berthon Marina to check out what was easily easily the poshest shower block in the Solent.

Monday night in Cowes

Today the wind was very poor so we took the opportunity to practice some basic manoeuvres in calm conditions. Pick up buoy, reversing on to a pontoon like they do in the med, and mooring up and slipping off a training pontoon in the Medina. We were able to practice this several times.

We currently moored up at East Cowes Marina. Facilities very good and tomorrow we expect to sail up the Beaulieu River and then across to Yarmouth.

Here’s a link to our current location