Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Drascombe Golden Jubilee 6th - 9th July 2017

Looking back, I was never 100% certain how this would turn out, after a successful Drascamp in 2016, how can you improve on an event enjoyed by all. We, as it turned out I needn't have worried.
From when the application forms started to come in, I was excited to have 30 boats, let alone 58 boats actually arrive for the event.
My adventures started with arriving at WPNSA on the Wednesday with Jamie towing the caravan down for me, a first for me, but I wanted to be on site with everything going on, after all, it was my little project.
Glenys arrived shortly after, and we headed of for some lunch.
Me and my "second" mum
Jamie and I managed to set the caravan up between us
We saw the first of the fleet starting to arrive, so I headed down to meet them.
Wednesday evening, Dick P and I headed to The Cove at Portland for some lovely fish and chips. The views from the pub are amazing. This gave us a five minute breather away from everyone to finalise the last minute details.
What a lovely view

Thursday morning and I was all excited, heading to the reception area with Glenys ready to meet the first to arrive. Henk Wels and his ships mate were the first to arrive from Holland, I was so excited to have an owner from Holland, as it shows that they believed in us putting on a great celebration.
Wow, Thursday was a very hot day, with Tony, Brad, Stewart and Chris manning the slip way, I had Ian showing cars into the carpark, and Dick giving instructions of what to do next. This is what I call great team work.
About the only time the slipway was empty
Hannah, my youngest daughter arrived in the afternoon, she was soon set to work.
In the evening, a sailors supper was laid on for those wishing to join us. It was a good opportunity for people to get to know each other, and for us to give out some general house keeping information
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Friday  The weather held off, however the sail over to Lulworth Cove was just a little lumpy to say the least. I had the pleasure of sailing with Brad in his wooden Drascombe Longboat Cruiser, this is the second time I have had the pleasure, although I am sure the combination of cooked breakfast and the boat going up and down, made me feel just a tad queezy.
Looking back at the boats all in full sail, was a fantastic view. Was this really part of the plan I was beginning to wonder, or was it a dream, I could tell it was going to be an emotional few days for me.


The look back towards Portland

Once at Lulworth Cove, the sails were dropped and I jumped ship to go back with Dick P in Daislebee. We anchored next to Stewart and got aboard for some lunch.
Mussels for lunch
Hannah pulling the anchor up
Photo of Lulworth Cove by Tom Richardson
 The sail back from Lulworth was just as exciting, Glenys and I sailed back with Dick in Daislebee.
And if I thought it was going to be a leisurely sail, then I was mistaken, with being instructed to move from port to starboard, I went to move, just as the boat went over a wave, lets say I thought I was going to go over the side of the boat, having composed myself, I am then subjected to Pizey pulling on the mainsail to tie it up, that he ends up sitting on me, what an adventure of being battered and bruised.
Once we were back on dry land, it was interesting to hear from the Drascombers and how they enjoyed the sail over to Lulworth.
Friday evening, and it was a leisurely walk to the Cove at Portland, where a few of us enjoyed a fish and chip supper.


Saturday was the day of the pursuit race, for as we all know, Drascombes do not race. Stewart gave the details during the morning briefing, while Dick then ventured out with the buoys for the course.

Hannah and I had the pleasure of sailing in a Drascombe Gig, with Jeff, Will and Andrew from the London Scout Project. These lads are a credit to the group they are part off. The team work between them has to be seen first hand to understand it. Jeff is a very experienced sailor, and was good to have him there to answer a few questions for owners.


Hannah, Jeff and me
Enjoying a sail


After the pursuit race, I had a little visitor arrive called Kyle, who arrived with Simon for the rest of the day and evening. All Kyle wanted to do was to go on a boat and go sailing, well he was very lucky as he was able to go out in both a Gig and a Drascombe Longboat.

In the afternoon there was "Parade of Sails" where those who wanted to take part.
I was just finishing off in the restaurant for the evening meal when I got a phone call from Dick telling me he was heading to the pontoon to pick me up. How could I say no.
Once out on the water, it was such a wonderful sight to see all of the boats out on the water decorated, what made it even more special was the fact that on the water, sailing was Katharine Mary, the Lugger I set out to find two years ago, once found, she was renovated by the workers last year, to then have on show at London Boat Show in January, and now she is on the water with Hannah (one half of the owners) at the helm, could this really get more emotional than it was!.
Yes it could, as I then decided that I was going to telephone Kate Watkinson and update her on our few days. Speaking to Kate, and describing the sight to her, along with saying that Katharine Mary was sailing again, really did make me smile, more than I had done in a long time.

Katharine Mary
Going back in, Brad decided it would be fun to have a water fight, so once at the pontoon, all I had was a pint glass which I filled with water and threw over him, sadly I should have known I would end up worse off, as once off the boat he got his own back.
That will teach me

Once all dry, it was time to meet with the Simon, Lauren, Jamie and Kyle who had come down to join us for the evening, and head off to the Spinnakers Bar for the evening meal, Glenys and I had spent a few hours in the afternoon setting up, and we hoped that the hard work would be appreciated, a rather silly thought, as the room looked great.
                                  
The food was fantastic, and with 112 people sat at 12 tables, it was certainly well attended.
Once people had finished their meals, Dick took to the floor to thank those who helped us on the first day. He then went on to have a bit of fun with the room, as when he mentioned a Drascombe boat model, if they were sat on that table, or owned one, then they had to cheer, this had a few of us laughing and everyone was joining in.
At this time I was presented with a beautiful bouquet of flowers thanking me for all of the work I had put into the event. Along with a standing ovation from the floor.
Simon read out a letter from Kate Watkisnon, as I knew she wouldn't be able to attend I asked her if she would like something read out. The letter was not opened until the night, so it was a surprise for all.
"My name is Katharine Mary Watkinson and I am living proof that having a whinging wife is no bad thing. My dear husband was so determined that I should join him in his love of sailing that it inspired him to design a boat to my specifications. The result was so successful and admired by others that he took her to London Boat Show in 1967, and within half an hour of opening, received the first order.
You all know the rest of the story of Drascombe boats, and I should like to thank you all for your support.
I am sorry I cant be with you for this 50th Anniversary celebration, but I'm thinking about you and I send you all my very best wishes"     Kate
Stewart then went on to give the winners names of the Pursuit Race, with Dominic Jarman first place with his Coaster, followed by Alex Haig second in his Deben Lugger, and David Jillings in the Drascombe Longboat (Queen Mary Sailability)
I then took to the floor to thank everyone for attending the event, and had hoped they had enjoyed themselves. I went on to mention that as we all know, the Drascomber age is not getting any younger, however we were joined in the audience by Annabelle Crane and Kyle Harwood, both two years old, and I hope are future Drascombe sailors.
I thanked Glenys for the hard work in producing the beautiful embroidered napkins which everyone was welcome to take home with them, Lauren presented Glenys with a bouquet of flowers.
There was also one person who if it wasn't for his time spent helping me with ideas, computer work and the necessary paperwork to send out to everyone, this event would not have run as smoothly as it did. My thanks really went to Dick Pizey.
Ross Archer then wanted to say a few words of thanks to everyone who worked hard to put on an enjoyable event.
The evening ended rather emotional for all the lovely words said about how much people had enjoyed meeting other Drascombe owners.
Sunday - we like to put on something different, and I believe for Drascombe, this was.
Ruth Worsley (Bishop of Taunton) and Howard Worsley led a Sunday morning service with a few sea shanties and readings which were read by Hannah and Lauren Harwood along with Julian Merson, very poignantly in the background was "Katharine Mary" sailing in the harbour.
Time for saying goodbyes to old friends and new.
Sadly my time here at Weymouth had come to an end, however I look back on it with only memories and knowing that I had completed the tasks I set out to achieve -
Finding Katharine Mary along with refurbishing her
Finding a location which would host the Drascombe Golden Jubilee
Seeing so many Drascombes on the water in one location
Enjoying the company of many Drascombe owners
The days following the event, I received email after email thanking me for the hard work and efforts put into the enjoyable event which I organised. It wouldn't have taken place without the help of Dick and the others.
My final photo show what this is all about - Four generations of Churchouse Boats

Will (London Scout Project) Me, Simon, Stewart, Kyle, Dick P, Hannah, Jamie and Lauren
I will end with my last thoughts - The whole weekend was an emotional roller coaster for me, hoping everything would fall into place, checking on the weather to ensure no rain was due, hoping no one needed to be recovered, well I can honestly say I did not need to worry at all. The staff at WPNSA were very helpful and sometimes went beyond what we expected.
For me, I went home smiling, my job was done
Here's to the next one ........................................................ Drascamp 2018
Photo credits mdb.photos, Ray Dittrich, Jeff Webber and Tom Richardson

Saturday, 27 May 2017

The new season begins and a family engagement

It seems so long since I was last out on the water, apart from a quick motor when Dick P was having his trailer serviced, I haven't been out since last October.

The bank holiday in May is always the start of the sailing season with our Drascombe group, where they head of for several days usually to the IOW.

As Dick was going to join them a day later, I was able to go out for just over an hour and practice some tacking, the weather was a bit blowy, along with some rain, but in the right weather gear it doesn't bother me.

Howard had just come back in from the IOW, and said it was quite a crossing, at least he had God on his side.

Dick put a reef in (past experiences) and soon we were sailing, I really have come to appreciate the beauty of sailing, being out on the water and seeing where you end up.

Sadly it was soon time for me to depart the boat, and for Dick to sail over to join the others at Shepards Wharf.

I headed off to join Glenys for a bite to eat, as Ian was part of the sailing group.

Monday sees us enjoying a day off, only to have a phone call from my daughter Lauren to say that she had just got engaged, wow things do happen quickly in our house, the week before, Lauren and Jamie had picked up the keys to their house they are buying, now an engagement.

I am so pleased for these two, Jamie has worked for us for nearly a year, he has joined us at the boat shows, as well as learning a new trade.

Now there is the next generation for Churchouse Boats to continue, my little Grandson Kyle, is already a regular at boat shows, and is a real little charmer.

Congratulations Lauren and Jamie, also not forgetting the third person in this new family, Kyle

 

As I started this post a few weeks ago, I have now just got back from Chichester, having joined the group last night for the usual meal in the clubhouse.

Some new faces amongst the group, along with some familiar ones too.

Now back to work and catch up on emails, from the 1st June we shall be fully functional at our new office and workshop, more details to follow along with photographs.

 
 

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Churchouse Boats Trophy and Drascombe Association AGM 2017

Churchouse Boats Trophy 2017

February is the start of the season for many, as we attend the Drascombe Supper at Chichester Yacht Club.

Joining the usual gang in "Spoons" before hand, we soon arrive at CYC saying hello to old friends and catching up from the last couple of months.

Tonight after the meal and details of all events which are taking place throughout the year, I take to the floor to present the "Churchouse Boats Trophy".

This year, there were two people who I felt deserved the award, so they get to share it for 6 months each.

First was a person who not only was rescued once by the RNLI, but twice within several months. Both times did not stop this person from getting back on his boat, and joining in with the events. It could only be the lovely Tony Wood.

The second person is certainly well known within the Drascombe world, and there would be a few who have known him longer than me. Last year was a difficult year health wise for this person, and was not able to join in with the events throughout the year as he normally would. We were very lucky that this person was able to join us at Drascamp, and even go out for a couple of days sailing. So I was very pleased to announce Stewart Brown (my father in law) as the second person to share this award.

Stewart Brown & Tony Wood receiving the CBL Trophy from me


Ending the evening, a few of us ventured back to "Spoons" for a few more drinks, here's to a good sailing season.

Drascombe Association AGM 2017


Saturday 25th March saw Hannah (my 19 year old daughter) and me catch an early flight to Belfast for the DA AGM.

Not too keen on flying, Hannah had much fun teasing me at how small the plane was, and it was good that the propellers were going around, don't you just love children.

On the flight

Arriving early, we caught a taxi to our hotel for the night, and then took the short walk into the city centre. Walking around the city was like any other, however some of the buildings were very beautiful. We had a quick snack and then headed to the Belfast City Hall, which was the venue for this event.

Walking through the gates, it was a very impressive building.

Belfast City Hall


Walking up the stairs to the drinks reception we were met by Sandy Parfitt along with her husband John. I was proud to be introducing Hannah to many Drascombe owners who I knew there, I met up with John Stanage, and said what a beautiful building he had chosen for the venue.

Soon it was time to head into the AGM, the usual details given of the past year, talking about membership numbers, accounts and the rallies which had taken place throughout 2016, one which was mentioned was the Drascamp 2016 which had been sponsored by Churchouse Boats.

At the end of the meeting I spoke of the Churchouse Boats Trophy and who it had been awarded to at Chichester the previous month, along with details of changes which are going on at CBL.

The AGM finished with Doug Elliott giving a very impressive account of his days of building wooden Drascombes along with his brother John.

Following on from the AGM, Hannah and I chatted for a while to some more Drascombe owners, and then ventured back to our hotel, after a short rest, we headed back out to visit a charming pub The Crown and had to have a G&T to start the evening off.

We headed to the Jurys Inn  for the evening meal, and it was lovely to sit with friends.

During the meal, Doug Elliott cut the celebration cake which was then handed around to everyone.

Doug Elliott and John Stanage

The Cake
Back to the hotel ready for the flight home the next day, Belfast was lovely and I certainly plan to visit again, hopefully in warmer weather and I can have a sail in a Drascombe.

I am not back home, and looking out of my office window, the sun is out. As off today I have had over 12,000 page views in two years.

Well my sailing partner looks like he has quite a busy few months, so it looks like my plans will change, come back to see what my next venture is going to be.

Enjoy the sunny weather, and enjoy lots of sailing

Sharon x






Saturday, 21 January 2017

London Boat Show 2017 and Chicago Boat Show 2017

Wow, where do I begin, apart from Happy New Year to you all. It is hard to believe that two weeks ago we were at London Boat Show, and here I am now catching up on emails, sending out quotes, but also updating my blog so you can all see what I have been up to.

It starts for us on Thursday 5th January, when Dick P arrives to collect one of the two boats going to the show.

With Dick and Hannah in one car, Simon and I travel up in the second one, once at Excel it is time to queue for the access to the hall, this was nearly as long as the journey for one of us. Once in the hall it is time to move the second boat in and get the stand looking good.




After Lauren, Kyle Jamie and Stewart arrived on the Thursday afternoon, it was off to the pub to start the celebrations.

Friday was an early start for me (Hannah come along to keep me company), as I had been asked to be interviewed by Radio 5 - Wake up to breakfast, well to me, it was who will be awake to hear this, well I was pleasantly surprised by messages I had from people who I did not know, wishing me well at the show - people are so kind.

Next was waiting to be called for BBC Breakfast, I was live at 7.49am, this was interesting as I was unsure of what I was going to be asked, however it turned out that the interest was women in the marine industry, apparently there are few women in owner/director positions, so I felt honoured to have been asked from the few there are.
BBC One Breakfast Live


Following on after the interview, it was then time to get the stand ready for the 10am opening, at 1.20pm we were having a media event, where Stewart Brown done the speech of the history of Drascombe, and the future.
 
This was well attended by the media, old friends as well as three very special Guests, we were honoured to have with us Anna and Emma who are the two daughters of John Watkinson, along with Charlie who is one of John W's Grandsons.
 
 
I felt very honoured to have been able to have the chance to meet them, I have met James (Johns youngest son) on several occasions, and along with Kate we have a great relationship.
 
Stewart's speech was about the past, present and future of Drascombe, he gave details of boats which had been designed by John, along with how we found Katharine Mary and refurbished her ready for the 50th Anniversary this year, this followed onto the future and how Peter Thomas has come on board at Churchouse Boats, and the moulds are now being produced at Cornish Crabbers in Cornwall, a working partnership, which can only mean bigger and better things for us all.
 
 
 
Kyle is enjoying getting the sheets in a tangle, just to make DP smile
The owners of Katharine Mary (Lauren and Hannah( cutting the cake)
 
Hannah and Kyle enjoying some quiet time together.

 
 
Above is a selection of photos from the day.
 
Following on from being on such a high, my family all had to leave to go back home, Simon headed back too as he was flying out to Chicago on the Monday, this left just Dick P and myself for the duration.
 
The week started to go quickly, with visits from fellow Drascombers old and new, everyone we spoke to was complimentary of the work undertaken on Katherine Mary, I even had offers to buy her. Ian and Glenys arrived on Sunday to help us for a couple of days, it is always great to have owners on the stand, as they give reasons why they decided to buy a Drascombe, rather than listen to the hard sales talk - anyone can do that !!
 
On Wednesday at 8pm our time, Simon was at Chicago Boat Show for the opening, Mark the owner was very pleased with his purchase, and enjoyed collecting her from customs and delivering her to the show with Simon.
 
 
During the course of our week, I met Steve McFadden (Phil Mitchel from Eastenders), Robin K-J come along to say hello, I had my usual chat with Sam Llewellyn and met the lovely Chris Eakin (even buying his book).
 
 
One absolute highlight for me, was when one of my customers gave me a present of a 3D printed model of a Drascombe Lugger, WOW, one of a few times I have been speechless, Thank you Andrew I will treasure this, but will be talking to you about making some more.

Sadly, the week was coming to an end all too quickly. We have spoke to many interested parties, given out quotes for several new boats, enjoyed the attention for Drascombe being 50, but most of all, we SOLD a new Drascombe Longboat, well done to team Drascombe.

Thanks really have to go to Peter Thomas from Cornish Crabbers for all of his help and support, but most of all to Dick P for being part of the team for the duration of the show, his many hours of putting the presentation together about the history of Drascombe, setting up, packing away, keeping me sane, encouraging me to drink a few more G&T's, lots of laughs, but most of all great company.

Peter Thomas and myself

Dick P and me



That's the boat show over with for the next year, however we do have the Drascombe Golden Jubilee in July to look forward too, for more information email 50years@drascombe.co.uk

Drascombe Golden Jubilee - 6th - 9th July 2017
Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Accademy

 
 

We have a Twitter account - https://twitter.com/CBLdrascombe

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Back to work for me, hopefully some sailing soon, I am looking forward to more adventures this year.

Sharon xx





Saturday, 31 December 2016

Highlights of my year 2016

It is hard to believe that another year has gone by.

We started of in January with London Boat Show and Simon flying out to Atlanta boat show at the same time, with a Lugger sold at London we started the year well.

I had to wait until May for my first time on the water, where I joined the May 1st rally at Porchester an managed to have an hours sail, although it was very hairy.

At the last bank holiday in May I was lucky to have a lovely day sail at Chichester with the usual group.

Kyle at Ashlett Sailing Club in August
We were then looking forward to the Drascamp event which was held in August, with lots of planning going on behind the scenes, Brad, Bob, Tony, Dick and I were all pleased when the day finally arrived for us to arrive and set up camp.

With a perfect location, a few lovely days of great sailing weather, this was just what we were expecting from the event. Evening entertainment in the form of camp fire singing, communal bbq, along with horse racing for children and adults, over the course of the event, we had 105 people attending and 32 boats, what an achievement for a first event. The plan will be to hold another Drascamp in 2018, look out for further details.

During Drascamp, Dick P and I visited Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy to  view the facilities for the Drascombe Golden Jubilee to be held.

With this all booked, all we have to do now is promote the event and hope for a good turnout.

I was lucky enough to have to overnight trips to the Isle of Wight, the first one was probably one of the best days sailing I have experienced in two years, while the other one had to have been the one with the most laughs.

With Southampton Boat Show in September, we had an enjoyable ten days, then back to work to work on the very first Drascombe Lugger "Katharine Mary" as our aim is to have her on display at London Boat Show.
 
With one last sailing trip to the Island in October, it was then time to pack away my sailing gear for another year.
 
One big highlight for me, was my eldest daughter turning 21 in August, this was a day of celebration with many family members attending.
 
Finally, Kyle the two year old grandson continues to be the apple of my eye, he enjoys visits to the boat yard, happily wears his life jacket, and next year will be joining me for some sailing.
 
Wishing you all a happy and healthy new year, here's to a good sailing season next year.
 
My next update will be during London Boat Show if time permits, with photos of how Katharine Mary has turned out.
 
Bye for now
 
Sharon xx




Sunday, 20 November 2016

Drascombe Supper at Chichester Yacht Club - November 2016

As we get near the end of another year, one of the last events of the Drascombe social calendar is the November supper at Chichester Yacht Club. I have become to really enjoy the two very informal suppers, one in February, and one in November.

Meeting the usual suspects at 'Spoons', it is good to catch up with Brad, Bob, Stewart, Tony, Jenny and Dick to find out what they have been up to since Drascamp. Simon has gone to Bristol tonight, I know I am in safe hands with these Drascombers.

Although after sharing a bottle of Prosecco with Jenny I do wonder if I will make the evening without falling asleep.

Sharing a bottle with a lovely friend
Heading to CYC, I meet with the usual crowd, luckily with the internet and Facebook, I do keep in contact with some of them, however, it is as always a pleasure to see them and have a good catch up, usually most people ask me how my Grandson Kyle is, and yes I am a very proud Nanny, as well as being very proud of my two daughters Lauren and Hannah.

After a lovely meal (yes I did have my usual lasagne) Richard G says a few words, and then hands over to Dick P, a general round up of the rallies which had taken place, along with a complete run down of Drascamp which had taken place in August, and one which we will run again in 2018.

John B talking about Morbihan 2017

After the run through of events, Dick had a few prizes and gifts to hand out.

Brad and I were given a canvas print of a photo taken during Drascamp 2016, the photo was taken by Andy Cooper and summed up what Drascamp stood for. Family fun, great location, and sailing. What more you could you want from one event.


This is the canvas picture presented to Brad and I

Tony W received the award for being rescued twice by the RNLI within weeks, and was given a collection box to be passed around at every Drascombe event Tony attends next year, what a great way to support a very worthy cause.

Tony Wood Award

Tony W and Bob B were both given sail bags for their help at Drascamp

Brad, who was the man who was brave enough to suggest Drascamp, was given an engraved pewter tankard as my appreciation for what his hard work.

Finally I presented to Dick P a wooden sign with Daislebee engraved on, for him to mark his boat space at Ashlett Sailing Club, Dick has once again suffered with me sailing Daislebee around the Solent, and two fun trips to the IOW, one which was a very hairy trip, but we both lived to sail another day.

Leaving the Sailing Club and heading back to the Premier Inn, a few stop of at Spoons for a last drink of the evening, a double G&T to round of my day with great friends was certainly needed.

Breakfast at the Premier Inn was full of chatter, and I remembered to present to Stewart his trophy for being one half of the duo to win the Harbour Quiz (or Treasure Hunt as I have been calling it) Jims trophy will be posted onto him.

Leaving Chichester, I head to Bucklers Hard with Dick P, as we have a boat to collect for winter work, Dick kindly volunteered to help with this collection as Simon has recently been off work, and it was one less task for Simon to do.

'Grace' all snug down for her journey back to CBL


 Delivering Grace back to CBL, it is time to head back home to see my family.

All in all a lovely couple of days, catching up with Drascombe owners, good food, great company, but more important, being with people who I very much value their friendship, and know when things are tough, they can be relied upon to be there for me.

Here's to the next Drascombe Supper in February 2017

See you soon x

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Last sail of the year

Receiving a phone call to say "I have two days off, and was thinking of sailing to the Isle of Wight, would you like one last sail of the year?" Well it didn't take too long to decide,

With my B&B booked, two days booked off work (only because I worked hard to catch up with all of my emails before I went) I get my bag ready for my last sail of the year.

Monday morning arrives and I head down to Ashlett Sailing Club, ready to meet with Dick. En route I get a call from Dick to say the traffic is slow on the M4, so I have time to sort lunch out. The next call comes through to say that there has been an accident on the M3, and he was being diverted, luckily I was able to guide him with a short cut and miss the M3 by going along the main roads.

I manage to get into ASC, only to find that it is lifting out day of many of the boats, which means the slip way can not be used, the day is getting worse. I call DP to give him the info, however he is not far away, so we will wait and see what happens.

Once DP arrives, it starts to rain, oh dear, it looks like we will be no sailing after all.  When it stops raining, we meet with Glenys, Ian and Nick who have come down to pack their boats away for winter. Then DP comes over and says all go, we can go sailing, well I have to say I have not seen a boat move so quickly to get onto the water, bags onboard, and launched in the water, one small problem, the water is further on than the pontoon, so off comes the socks and shoes and I wade across, great start!

Next we are off, reversing from the pontoon and heading out of Ashlett towards Calshot. The weather was fine, sunny with a good breeze, the sails went up as we were heading to Calshot, with a reef in
(just in case) I was at the helm and enjoying the sail, then past Calshot it got just a wee bit rougher,
with the boat heeling, I am sure Ian and Glenys heard me scream that I didn't like it, as they were stood watching from Calshot.

That was just the start, I actually felt very nervous of the sail over, and I just couldn't master holding the tiller and the main sheet (in case I had to let out the main sheet) I was more worried about falling overboard.

Although it was only an hour and a half sail, it somehow seemed longer, trying to keep my bearings, without hitting the buoys,

We head towards Shepherds Wharf, and I moor up (with two more attempts to ensure I make a good
job of it)



Once moored up, I head to my B&B and arrange to meet with DP in the bar of a local pub. We head off to an Indian Restaurant for a lovely meal. Soon the fresh air had beat me, so I headed off to my bed for a good sleep, leaving DP to head back to his boat with his heated blanket.
Monday evening

Tuesday morning

My favourite shop, I love those calendars


Time for a selfie

Tuesday morning we meet for breakfast in a local cafe, however we both seem full from the night before, so tea and toast for both of us.

Heading back down to the boat, Dick is more practical and puts his jacket on, me not feeling the cold keeps my jumper on. So off we go, out of Shepards and I am allowed to put the main sail up, this is actually harder work than you think, pulling ropes and trying not too fall in takes great skill for me.


Today I let Dick take the helm, and I wanted to enjoy a leisurely sail back, however it didn't seem to go like that, not as rough as the day before, with the boat heeling, I leave it to the expert who can
multi task. At one point, I said "at least we are dry today" with that a wave come up and we were wet,
lots of laughing from me today, gone was the nervousness, and I was really enjoying myself, although   my fingers must have left an imprint on the gunwale where I was gripping so much.

With a couple of tacks, and me looking confused as to where we were, before too long we had arrived  at Ashlett, and I was allowed to take the helm again back to the pontoon.

Once out of the water, time to unpack the boat of cushions and bedding, as winter will soon be drawing in.

Again, another great sail, good company, lots of laughs, and a few more hours sailing added up.

It is quite sad to think this is my last sail, however I am very grateful for the times I have been out
this year.

Back to the office for me, let's see what awaits me when I get back.

Keep safe, and happy sailing xx