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Six Nights, Six Days, (Gosport, Poole, Lymington, Newtown River, Gosport)

Just back from our spring break cruise.

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Spring Break 2010 Sailing

Basically, we were pinned by some weather, but a week ago we did a 3 a.m. start and sailed across the Solent and across to Poole (for two nights anchored behind Brownsea Island), followed by a sail back to Lymington for a night, and then two more nights at the Newtown River before sailing back to Gosport:





Pretty cold at sunset as we approach the Needles Channel


The type of boat you see at Poole

As noted in another thread, we had some fun on the passage to Poole, but once there we had a great time on Brownsea Island:


SR at anchor


Using the bird blinds


Recording the birds seen


Sunset at Brownsea


Brekkie next morning


Brownsea Castle on the way out
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Poole to Lymington

On our sail from Poole to Lymington, we had the best sail of the trip. The English Channel was calm, but there was enough wind for a fun sail all the way back into the Solent, using the full Needles Channel.



We took the inside channel route out of Poole Harbor, and we cleared with only a meter of water under the keel.


The English Channel on a calm and warm day.


Can you spot the Needles Lighthouse?


There it is.


We arrive in Lymington where my son spends an hour in the dinghy.

That night, we have a shower and a great dinner in the Ships Inn pub/restaurant on the water front. We also visit Berthons and look at Najads and HRs we can't afford.
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Lymington to Newtown River

After a night on the town at Lymington, we sail to the Newtown River on the Isle of Wight for two nights.


We had splendid weather for the sail across the Solent.


We picked up a mooring ball for £13 a night.


The kids explored on their own for hours.


A rare photo of the pater familias. (I'm bona fide.)


My daughter's impression of my sailing ability...


We hike inland on a public footpath, using an Ordinance Survey walking map.


At low tide, we had .8 meter under the keel.


Our kids map the river and illustrate the birds they see.


A gaff rig ghosts by us near dark for a night sail. She had sailed off her mooring, of course.

The next morning, we motored to Gosport. There was plenty of wind, but it was directly on the nose, and the tide soon turned to also be on our nose, so we putted back to our home slip and a warm train ride home to London.

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Spring Break 2010 Sailing
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Great pics and write up Jim. It's always cool to see families cruising around together.

Thanks.
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Looks like a nice trip.

I think the unidentified bird is a spoonbill.

Just out of curiosity: why do you have the large ID plaque on your cockpit rail?
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Nice. And I know that the weather was just fine because I was crusing around that region at the same time...but by car

Lots of nice places and enjoyable people.

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Thanks for sharing! We're in the Bahamas and fresh out of the Florida Keys, but doing much the same as your adventuring with family:









Miami to Green Turtle,- our breakfast eggs looked the same,- and same moon! 'take care and joy, Aythya crew
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Looks like a nice trip.

I think the unidentified bird is a spoonbill.

Just out of curiosity: why do you have the large ID plaque on your cockpit rail?
Steph agrees with you that is probably a Spoonbill, but she wants to look into it more.

Our letters are so large because the boat is US Coast Guard documented, and they are picky about that sort of thing. Here's the regs:

The official number assigned to documented vessels, preceded by the abbreviation "NO." must be marked in block-type Arabic numerals at least three inches high...
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Thanks for sharing! We're in the Bahamas and fresh out of the Florida Keys, but doing much the same as your adventuring with family:
The UK Tourist board owes me money if you are comparing the Bahamas to the South coast of England...

For some reason, we weren't wading out and sitting in the surf...

(Nice pics!)
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