Sailing On The Solent
George, along with his wife and several friends and clients went sailing on the Solent from Lymington Marina on Saturday. After an evening spent in the heart of the New Forest, departure was at around 10:00 am from the Lymington Yacht Haven.
A glass of fizz had been arranged once the all important safety briefing had been completed, which was the perfect start to the days activities. Our boat for the day was Moon Child, a beautiful Jeanneau 45DS.
After a short motor out of the marina, the sails were hoisted and the fun continued. The weather was glorious with enough wind to really get to grips with sailing and most of those attending had a go on the ropes or taking the helm at some point during the day.
After a couple of hours on the water it was time to stop for some lunch, and a go in the water for those that dared! Several people, George included, went for a pre-lunch dip off the stern to build up an appetite. The boat had dropped anchor in a sheltered spot and the sun continued to shine.
For lunch a spicy chicken tagliatelle had been prepared by the boat crew with an apricot tart for desert. This went down very well after the mornings activity. The anchor was then raised and the boat set sail again.
The wind had picked up over lunch and once the headland was cleared, the yacht really began to shift. Taking the helm in these conditions was not for the feint hearted, but proved very exciting. The sails had to be sheeted in a little as the wind continued to pick up. Being the end of Cowes week, this must have been perfect weather for the racing taking place in the distance.
After another couple of hours sailing in great conditions it was time to head back to shore. With the boat in its berth and everything stowed, there was still time for an aperitif before dinner. Everyone headed off to a quiet pub in the New Forest for the evening.