My little brother is a professional yacht skipper (the dream, am I right?!) and now he finally owns his own yacht, Temerity - a Hunter Legend 335 laid down in 1989 like all the best things *ahem*
She was moored up at the pontoons on the Medina River (Isle of Wight), just up from Cowes and ideally situated near The Folly Inn...
My brother and his girlfriend are actually thinking about maybe starting a blog about their 'live aboard life' so I won't say too much on here, as I'll probably link to them in the future!
We took the Isle of Wight ferry across to East Cowes on Friday afternoon, then got a taxi out to the Folly Inn and picked up the water taxi to D Pontoon to embark Temerity.
Luckily, my brother being the yacht handyman that he is managed to fix the plumbing and engine issues that evening, and so we finished up with dinner at the pub. If you're looking for a good place to eat (complete with live music and table dancing on Saturdays) then look no further than the Folly!
So, on to our sail (using shipping forecast areas, naturally)
As Horatio Nelson once said, "I cannot command winds and weather" - Such is the life of a sailor!
“The sail, the play of its pulse so like our own lives: so thin and yet so full of life, so noiseless when it labours hardest, so noisy and impatient when least effective.” - Henry David Thoreau
We were treated to the most beautiful sunset over Lyme Bay, the calm before the storm as it were.
After persevering towards Start Point (of lighthouse fame) and not really getting very far we eventually made it past and decided to head in to Salcombe for some calmer waters and a couple of hours sleep. We were operating a 1.5hr on, 1.5hr off 1.5hr watchkeeping rota, but at this point we were all exhausted.
So, at 0530 Sunday, we took down the main, lassoed a mooring boy, and passed out within minutes!
It's made me super excited for Southampton Sailing Week in May 2017 as well, I definitely need to get out on the water more than I am presently!