Adventures of Eowyn of Hamble

Log of Eowyn's sailing adventures. Plan for 2021 is sail around Great Britain, if COVID allows enough ports to open!

14 September 2021 | Hamble
12 September 2021 | Port Hamble
11 September 2021 | Beaulieu River
10 September 2021 | Portland
09 September 2021 | Dittisham
02 September 2021 | Plymouth
01 September 2021 | Fowey
31 August 2021 | Falmouth
30 August 2021 | Penzance
26 August 2021 | Padstow
25 August 2021 | Lundy (Jenny's Cove)
24 August 2021 | Milford Haven (Sandy Haven Bay)
23 August 2021 | Milford Haven (Dale)
22 August 2021 | Fishguard
21 August 2021 | Arklow
19 August 2021 | Greystones
18 August 2021 | Malahide and Dublin
15 August 2021 | Malahide Marina
15 August 2021 | Carlingford Marina
14 August 2021 | Ardglass

Round St Alban's Head and back to the Solent

11 September 2021 | Beaulieu River
Martin Crick | SW 10-20kts; fair; good
I raised the anchor just after 8am, and was relieved to see I'd anchored just outside a sea grass conservation area - unmarked on the chart, and designated only by a few unlit buoys that I'd seen only in silhouette the night before.

Out of the harbour I found a light WSW and set all plain sail, and spent the next several hours juggling which wide to set the main and the jib to get best results. Eventually, off Anvil Point, we were rolling so much that the headsail was just flogging around whatever I did, so I furled it and carried on with just main held in place by a preventer. Really, I needed the jib boomed out, but my pole is too heavy and awkward to manage single handed.

With a favourable tide, and a gradually freshening wind, I made very good speed past St Alban's Head, Anvil point and across Christchurch Bay. I passed the Needles at just after 2pm, see picture above, and headed up into the Solent.

The Solent was VERY busy! This was a bit of a shock after months of seeing only isolated yachts - here there were fleets! Sailing with the mainsail held in place by a preventer was too cumbersome, so I found a relatively clear area of water, headed up to wind and dropped it. Out with the headsail - and none too soon. As I continued up the Solent, I reckon I used my knowledge of the Rules of the Road more in one day than the previous five months put together!

I hugged the northern shore of the Solent to keep out of the worst of the now foul tide, which meant I had to dodge the many vessels heading into Lymington. Once past them, things were a little less hectic, and I enjoyed being in home waters once more.

And so into the River Beaulieu and onto a mooring buoy for the night. One of my favourite overnight spots - beautiful and peaceful.

Log of this passage
Vessel Name: Eowyn of Hamble
Vessel Make/Model: Hallberg-Rassy 36 Mk1 1993
Hailing Port: Hamble
Crew: Martin Crick
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