I've been fortunate to get out on the water a few times recently, the day started perfectly with an invitation to sail on a friend's J110, as I left home the sun was shining, but by the time we got the sails up it was grey and the visibility was closing in.
Still better a bad day on the water than a good day at the office as the saying goes even if it was Saturday, so change out of shorts into full weather gear and a blast over to Cowes and back with a few interesting boats along the way like the sail training ketch Prolific (below)
Approaching Cowes things were a little lumpy and busy as always.
Further out there were a few gaffers aboard including this Nigel Irens designed Romilly yawl (or possibly Roxanne was hard to tell at that distance).
Despite the flat top sail this 18 foot definitely doesn't qualify as an Old Gaffer, looked great but was hard to photograph as it was so fast.
Swale Smack & Barge Match, 10th August 2019
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