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Fantasia
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Thank you too from Rob Golding and myself (sailing Rob’s boat Scallywag), I am sorry that we were not at Calshot to thank everyone personally.

What a fantastic passage! It was all a bit too easy to start, with a gentle sail to the Needles and nothing to worry about apart from clearing weed from the centreboard. We rounded the lighthouse closeby (50m), between the wreck of the Varvassi and the steps and then hoisted the spinnaker and kept cose inshore to keep out of the still ebbing tide and to gain the first of the new flood further on towards St Cats. We were perhaps too far inshore at times as we now know what Brook and Atherfield ledges look like at close quarters. However we enjoyed sightseeing and birdwatching as we sailed along. There was a very cheery welcome on the radio as we sailed past St Cats lighthouse, where we hoisted again for the log run with the tide to our destination of Chichester Harbour. This was bliss, but it did not last for too long as the wind notched-up, we decided that it would be prudent to drop the kite. The next 2.5 hours were a fairly hairy run, gybing and tacking downwind, surfing and eventually planing through the harbour entrance at speed. Highest speed recorded on the GPS was nearly 11 knots over ground, but that was with tide assistance. We were back on the beach at HISC at 1530h.

We were sorry not to have joined you all for the last leg as we had already bashed our way up the Solent on Friday. How many made it around? I hope that everyone who attempted to arrived safely and without damage. I certainly slept well on Saturday night!

John Hartley

Many thanks again to Jenny, John and all the other helpers.