It was a busy Saturday, I got up early to finish some foundations for a new garden wall, then having committed to safety boat duties I missed sailing in Bursledon regatta, but managed to watch the start and get some pictures of the stage. The Hamble food festival was in full swing by the time we got to the sailing club, so after setting up the boats and getting the kids afloat it was nice to get out on the water and away from the crowds.
With the wind gusting SE15/16 knots and a fleet of mixed experience we decided to head up river.
After a short pause for a few laps around the buoys at "shipwreck cove" we pressed on upriver. There were a few capsizes, one youngster literally just fell off the boat, but was quickly recovered by his companion. There was a bit of a nasty moment when one of the youngsters got a stray fishing hook caught in his hand. But all in all it was an adventure sail and a really good day out on the water.
Does it get much better than this?
Swale Smack & Barge Match, 10th August 2019
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