Hello again, Its been quite some time since I wrote a blog, time seems to fly by so quickly, I don’t know where it goes to.
Each weekend sail we do at Moonfleet tends to be a sail either East to the Solent visiting Yarmouth or West to Weymouth, the distance covered is usually between 50 and 75 miles depending on where we go and wind direction. Students don’t usually get the opportunity to practice the nitty gritty bits of sailing such as tacking, gybing, sail trim, anchoring, picking up bouys under power and sail and of course night sailing. I thought it would be a good idea to stay local to practice these techniques rather than sailing the yacht in a straight line to a distant destination. Last weekend 24 – 26 May as the students who were on their final weekend of Day Skipper and Competent Crew had been in both directions from Poole it was decided to stay close to home, unfortunately on both Saturday and Sunday morning there was little wind however during the afternoons a good sea breeze developed allowing us to enjoy some really good sailing. Saturday afternoon we sailed out to Swanage and beyond before anchoring for our evening meal, after which we had a very enjoyable night sail down the swash channel into harbour to anchor for the night at Goathorn Point a favourite anchorage of mine. The weather over the weekend was very pleasant which made us believe that maybe summer was here at last.
All in all the weekend was a great success and all the students commented on how much they had enjoyed it, I am looking forward to doing it again some time, however this weekend 31May-2 June we are off to Lymington, the weather looks good and a table at The Ship has been booked.