my part so far was to strip the pics out of a Word doc, build a web page and host it on my demon site... I don't get my chance to feed the fish till next week. Photos from my delivery trip in July were similar, tho - you only get to take piccies in the calm bits ;-)
NeilC / GW didn't want to lose the camera along with breakkie! Big swells a plenty, a number of times on the Eastbourne approach and around Dungeness we were not moving despite bags of power being applied.
And of course it's all talked up - who'd be in boating if you couldn't say...
"Force 5, call that a force 5, why only last week I took my dinghy out in a stonger wind. OK she laid down a lot, but that was a wind. This is just a breeze. Wot come out with you now? Would love too but I've got some grass to watch grow."
AND Eamon Holmes indeed Pauline - if we break in Brighton next week I shall be round to steal you're fenders!
incidentally the weather looks fine on the pics...but they were all taken either in estuary just out from Bradwell marina, or (just1) around Dover, bit flatter. No chance whatsoever at other times v wary of letting go of the boat with bang slam slam.
Ahh, so true for the camera to lie. No heating on MVII except on shore power, and difficult to take pictures of the bigger waves when holding on for dear life!
Truth be told maybe we did run for harbour sooner than you'd have done Mike but it was (is) supposed to be fun not a trial of strength, it's not as if we had to deliver a cargo or be somewhere elses by a set time - on an untried boat with a novice sailer (me) on board going in is better than going under.
We also noticed that of the three boats that departed Eastbourne as we tried to get in, two of them turned around straight-away and followed us back in. So others must have figured you'd need to be a pra** to be out, when you could be in.
To steal a line from flying...
"Far better to be down here wishing you were up there, than up there wishing you were down here"
Barry, I think you lot had a fair amount of balls to attempt the trip at this time of year anyway and on a new boat with a novice skipper, I would have done the same thing, probably earlier. Actually, I would have been sorely tempted to have stuck the boat on a lorry, if truth be told!
Good luck with the new toy