We decided on a school holiday day out to Brighton, which is just over an hour's drive along the coast but for some reason I've only ever visited on business and never to the tourist areas.
Brighton is perhaps the quintessential English seaside town, the day was fine but the sea mist hung around for most of the morning.
The attractions of the east pier beckoned and a couple of quids worth of copper coins rolled down those old moving slot machines, the ones that that potentially push the money over the edge, but never do. Of course a trip to the pier wouldn't be complete without a visit to the haunted hotel.
Looking slightly more haunted the remains of the west pier in the morning mist.
Gradually the day brightened up, we did all the usual tourist sights, the Pavillion and the old cobbled streets called the lanes, where we found a terrific Italian place for lunch, but the lure of the promenade and some especially tasty ice cream drew us back to the sea.
Rowing past Mercury marina I spotted an unusual craft, which turned out to be the Derek Kelsall designed trimaran Freedom of Norwich.
From what I've read she was home built by a doctor some 35 years ago and certainly for a while was based in Chichester harbour.
Interesting detail on the struts which link the hulls, there are two circular section struts forming a triangulation covered a separate deck section above the upper member. It's looks very strong and after 35 odd tears seems to be holding up well given the significant forces which apply there.
Great to see a unique piece of our recent sailing history up close, I'd love to go for a sail.
Hamble River SC had a work party day to get all the boats prepared for the season. Joseph and I joined what was a really good turn out of volunteers down at the dinghy park.
It was mostly a case of getting everything out of winter storage, rigging all the boats, marking up with new stickers and noting down what was missing - bungs, sail battens and a few main sheets.
Richard as always dis a great job of organising everything including a complete revamp of the storage racks.
The club have purchased 6 RS Terra dinghies secondhand over winter, together with 6 paddle boards, which expands the fleet and certainly the Terras offer a good step up from Optimists for those kids who don't have the weight and size for a Pico.
To mark it's centenary I've been digging into the history of our house, which was built for the local strawberry trade, but long after the trade's peak in the late 19th century, which really started with the coming of the railway. Locally the station at Swanwick was specifically built to transport the "Strawberry Coast" summer crops to London before the advent of refrigeration.
We have a covenant on the property which forbids "the sale or serving of alcohol to agricultural workers". It seems a bit hash since anyone else it seems is welcome to come around and get thoroughly legless, which just goes to show the value of the strawberry crop.
After sufficient research I decided to erect a plaque.