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Night sailing exercise completed

We spent the morning and afternoon sailing on the Solent practicing man over board drills under sail. Then sailed up Southampton Water for tea and pilotage planning at 4pm.

We’ve just come into Gosport after 5.5 hours night sailing. Starting from the River Ichen, down Southampton Water, up to Hamble and back again then out onto the Solent back to home base.

The river work was quite tense due to large number of moving vessels and difficulty identifying lights with so many shore lights to confuse.

On the Solent we were far more isolated and sailing was very relaxed plus with clear skies the stars very visible.

Arguing about the south cardinal at the entrance to the Hamble

Great day (again) sailing. Anchor practice lead us to lunch in the Beaulieu after sailing from Yarmouth.

Wind was too strong for man over board drills under sail but we could at least practice helming and picking up in conditions (25kts) too strong otherwise.

Finished at Port Hamble Marina where we berthed and found time for 3 pints of Guiness at the Bugle.