Bad weather has blighted the start of the cruise

 

50° 52.223 N 001° 18.591 W

Sitting out the storm

At 3 o’clock Blue Fin and Time Flies slipped their berths at Port Solent heading for the River Hamble, and the start of the West Country Cruise. What they faced wasn’t unexpected, heavy gusts and an agitated Solent. An hour later the two boats entered the Hamble, salty and windswept.

Unfortunately due to bad weather today only a few of the fleet made the journey by water to the start point, and the inaugural briefing at Mercury Yacht Harbour, Hamble. Many of the participants came by road from as far as Poole in the west and Brighton in the east. There is no plan to move to Poole as scheduled tomorrow, so we will have an unscheduled rest day. The weather forecasts for tomorrow predict more high winds and uncomfortable seas, so the fleet must sit out the storm until the weather breaks.

List of Boats:

Allora Bayliner 275 Cruiser
Attacker II Fairline Targa 34
Blue Fin Princess 42
Christiana Nord West 420
Coasting Sealine F37
Dreamweaver Sealine S34
Flightline Broom 42
Flower Power Sealine S28
Joli D Broom 42
Jomima Broom 39 2 2
Lady Lee Broom 39KL
Sea Breeze Nimbus 280
Sea O2 Sealine T50
Seaglo Broom 42
Suenos Nimbus 380 Commander
Swept Away Sealine S41
Tally Ho Windy 37 Mistral
Time Flies XS 700 RIB
Way Ahead Broom 345

Photo: Bound for Hamble, Ray Sargood driving XS 700 RIB Time Flies