Saturday 16 sept daysail
- The Hardway rally was changed to an Itchenor Daysail to suit members. Present:Liz Baker in Tessa, 12’6” Una rigged GafferIan Barrett in a wooden 11’0” Heron (in fine condition)Chris Partridge in Snarleymow, a 14’0” rower/sailer lugger yawlDavid Sumner in Curlew, his gaff and topsail rigged 11’0” MirrorChris Waite in his own radical design and build 12’0” luggerLen Wingfield in Asa, his Mirror rigged 11’0” Mk I GullSteve Davis came down from London by train and bike to crew DavidLaunching/assembling at Itchenor, we tacked out of Itchenor Reach then reached down the Itchenor Channel with the ebb. Winds were moderate but weather was fine despite thunderstorms seen all around. After lunching in the dunes at East Head members sailed locally before returning with the new flood, We had strong sun but almost dead calm at first yet cloudbursts were experienced at many points close around us. Eventually some rain came with the wind but we had mostly dry sunny weather.Len W
The Langstone swashway was, I think, just drying towards the Western end with 2m rise of tide. I have walked it at LW and the Western half dries. The channel is a bit twisty at LW but this may not matter with higher tide. The channel seems to lie on a line from the fun fair tent to the square church tower in Portsmouth. I have not done it by boat yet.
As for creek crawling, it requires too much skill I am afraid, and I prefer the open sea, the boat steering herself, the steadiness of the wind and waves, the occasional spray coming over, brewing up some tea under way, relaxing and enjoying the navigation.