May already. Gordon Bennett. With Easter being so late this year I seemed to put the season on hold until all the chocolate was eaten

May already. Gordon Bennett. With Easter being so late this year I seemed to put the season on hold until all the chocolate was eaten, with the result that Fidget has only just come out of the water for her appointment with the bottom inspectors. Nature helped with this odd delusion that boating can only begin after Lent, of course, by luring us out of hiding with some pleasant springtime special effects and then hurling the full icy fury of winter’s last blast down on us again. Twice. In April. I ask you.

However, in Tony Blair’s Britain things can only get better, and I confidently expect that by the time you read this the sun will be bleaching the cockpit canopy and the sea temperature will be soaring to less life-threatening levels. This can be all but guaranteed because this is an even-numbered year, and as regular readers will recall we always book a heat wave for the MBY Festival of Power in Cowes.

It is no exaggeration to say that this is the season’s main event for motor boaters, with its heady mix of fun boating and fun socialising, and the odd bit of gratuitous fun thrown in. It’s on July 19-23 and filling up fast, so make sure you don’t get caught out – you can enter online. The Festival is always over-subscribed.

Meanwhile, we snatched a sunny (but lively) day to move Prospector V from the Hamble down to Dartmouth. It was a lumpy old passage with a fair-sized following sea, but sunshine does wonders for morale. She’s now sitting comfortably in Dart Marina, looking forward to some in-depth West Country exploration. If you see us out and about, come over and claim your free Easter egg.