We just got back from four days of cruising on the Solent:
Saturday: Gosport to Newtown River
Sunday: Newton River to Lymington
Monday: Lymington to the Folly Inn on the Isle of Wight
Tuesday: Folly Inn back to Gosport
It was an unexpected trip, and perhaps all the more special for it. The weather wasn't so great here in July and August, and I expected more of the same for these four days in October. Instead, we had calm to F4 winds, warmth and general dryness and even sun.
It was also a good time for some firsts-- such as anchoring overnight at Newtown River, letting the kids dinghy about by themselves, and exploring Lymington for the first time.
Here are some pics, and a video that focuses mostly on the Folly Inn part of the trip. A full gallery of photos is available here:
October Break Cruise 2008
Newtown River at sunset.
Son does some fishing.
Breakfast aboard during six hour sail against the current to Cowes.
Daughter talked us into the last night at the Folly Inn.
Walking a public footpath on the Isle of Wight.
Our Rival 34 tied up at the Folly Inn dock, on the River Medina.
The following video should be viewable a bit later-- last time I checked it was still being processed by Youtube:
Please note that I spent very little time on this video-- my theory being that if I don't make such a thing right away, I never will...
Full photo gallery here