Saturday, 3 October 2015
With the weather being so nice during the last week, I though it a bit rude not to go for a sail. Paul was also free today so we arranged to meet around midday and decide from there what we would do. Studland and the Banks Arms beckoned so off we shot. There was a good breeze as we left, I had considerer putting a reef in but it was manageable and there were no gusts.
The harbour entrance was dotted with small fishing boats strategically placed to get in the way :) I dropped the engine leg in and ran it on idle just in case I had to take avoiding action. One thing I noticed was the anti foul is definitely getting to the end of its life. My rudder was streaming weed, probably picked up from Newtown Creek, and Lapwing was extremely slow.
The Easterly wind was great for getting us to Studland but did make the bay a bit bouncy. It took me three attempts to grab a buoy, and these buoys are easy to grab. The obligatory Coracle race ensued, fortunately not resulting in us being dumped, unceremoniously on the beach.
We spent an hour or so in the Garden of the Banks Arms before returning to the boats. My coracle seemed to have deflated slightly, must give it a good check over when it gets home.
The breeze had pretty well died by the late afternoon, we had a little wallow around for a while before starting the engines and motoring the whole way back to the moorings.
Another pleasent afternoon on the boat, the end of season is rushing towards us so I will try to make the most of what is left :). Maintenance wise, The battery has been gradually losing charge, as the solar panel is fubared, so that is now in my garage on charge, the coracle will need looking at and it's foot pump is just about ready for the bin. I may even have to give her bum a quick scrub if I'm going to venture far before she comes out.