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Just back from a week on the Solent



We just got back from a week on the Solent on our Rival 34. We had big plans for an overnight sail to the West Country, but after a few nights out we decided that it was just too cold to do a long passage. It was at or below freezing most nights, getting down to 25 degrees F one night in Lymington and covering the boat in frost. (We were lucky to have along a Bright Spark butane-powered indoor heater to take the edge off the evenings and mornings.)

Still, most days had sun, even if they were cold when the clouds showed up. We sailed from Gosport to the Newtown River for two nights, and then to Lymington for three nights, and finally one more night in the Newtown before our best sail of the trip back to Gosport yesterday. Best day trip was a bike rental in the New Forest, which the kids really enjoyed.

We have a full photo album of the trip here:

Spring Break Sailing 2012

A more complete write up is here:

Spring Break Sailing 2012 | A Sailing Voyage

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As a reward for enduring the cold, we're off tomorrow to St. Ives in Cornwall to stay in a fisherman's cottage for four nights. It has a wood stove!
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Sounds lovely. Thanks for sharing.
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Looks great, I grew up sailing in that part of the UK so it brings back great memories.
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GREETINGS EARTHLINGS: Great Boat good trip thanks for the share. GO SAFE.
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Now that looked great!
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Re: Just back from a week on the Solent

Nice, Jim... kids are growing up fast, what??
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Re: Just back from a week on the Solent

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Nice, Jim... kids are growing up fast, what??
Yeah. We're staring down the barrel of two college tuitions coming up in about three years, so we're already shifting into some austerity modes. Any ideas about moving up to a Rival 36 or 38 don't make sense at this point-- I hope we can just maintain and upgrade what we have until the "kids in college" financial storm passes.

I've noted it before, but I'll say it again. If you have kids (age 0 to 18), buy any boat you can afford (8 feet to 45 feet), and go sailing as often as you can. (And don't spend years working on the thing...) In the future, we might be able to take much more time off, luck into a beautiful HR or Najad or much newer cruiser, and cross oceans, but it won't been the same once the kids move on.

You don't know what "your best sailing days were" until they are over. For people with kids, it might be the time when you don't have the time and money for anything fancy, but those things don't really matter.

So, off the soapbox. I'm glad that others like seeing these "little trip" reports.
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Re: Just back from a week on the Solent

Good advice. Sailing as a child with my father started me on a life in boats.
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Re: Just back from a week on the Solent

Great advice, I did while we lived in Connecticutt and too the family (2 kids) sailing for 5 years of great summers until a job move to a landlocked state dictated that we sell the boat and go skiing in the winter and RVing in the summer. Great memories!

Now the youngest kid is only 18 months from finishing colledge and I live on the west coast and I am looking at boat for sail adds again!
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