After being in a marina for 6 months, the last 2 weeks in virtual isolation, I can tell you it was wonderful to get the wind in the hair and pull out the white floppy bits!!!!!!!!!
OK, I was mainly motoring and motor sailing , but, hey, you get the drift.
It was a 34 hour run in beautiful, but cold, weather. The stars were out all night as the pollution has dropped considerably.
Ships were out in full force - I found this very encouraging - but few fishing boats.
Before I used the last available Lock before Shut down I called a marina in Gosport to make sure they had room. They said YES. So off to sea I went. The next day, at sea, I called them "No, you can't come in, the marina is shut". But, but, but... Im already at sea! You cant do that!
I called the other large marina there and they said they'd call back... well, that was an uncomfortable hour waiting... But they finally said yes. With a storm blowing up today I sure didnt want to get caught at sea.
My overall impression of the trip: I love being at sea
Photos: Tower Bridge and Gosport Premier Marina <--- recommended! (the other photo you can forget... I might use it in the picture identification game