A few weeks of Cruising

We’re just back from about three weeks of sailing on the South/Central coast of England.  We spent more time enjoying individual places instead of hopping quickly from port to port.

Starting from Gosport, we spent several nights in the Newtown River, followed by a sail to Poole Harbour and anchoring behind Brownsea Island.  After that, we sailed to Weymouth to spend four nights (a new destination for us). We then did a long 60 mile run home back to Gosport to miss some bad weather.

After a weekend break back in London, we sailed from Gosport to Chichester (and swung out around Nab Tower for fun) for several nights on a guest buoy at Itchenor, followed by several nights at a long-time favorite, the Folly Inn on the River Medina, Isle of Wight.

Last summer our cruising plans were cut short by work, so it was much fun and very rewarding to take a more leisurely trip this summer.  Kids got to enjoy hiking and beaches and fishing and dining out.  We got to enjoy honing our sailing skills and pretty much having a lot of time on the boat with no thrills or spills to speak of.  Just a good time.

One one dicey bit– passing back into the Solent past Hurst Point, against the flood.  That wasn’t overly fun…

Full photo gallery:

Summer Sailing 2011

Here’s a chart of our overall travels:

Son launching the dinghy from our Rival 34 at the Newtown River, Isle of Wight:

Wife sailing us to Poole Harbour:

Our children, reduced to heads:

Our Rival 34 at anchor behind Brownsea Island, Poole Harbour:

We wait for a bridge lift in downtown Weymouth:

Sunset at Itchenor, in Chichester Harbour

Low water at Chichester Harbour:

Night falls at the Folly Reach, Isle of Wight:

Wife driving us home from Isle of Wight to Gosport on our last morning:

I’m back to work for two weeks, and my family is off for a week in the Lake District.  My brother is going to visit, so our next sail is for a week at the beginning of August.  We’ll go cross-channel if the mood strikes, maybe for a visit to Cherbourg.

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