I'm writing this on Thursday (14th June if you want the detail); Vagabond and I arrived at Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight at about 20:30 last night. It was a bit of a surprise, really which will be revealed to you in a later post.
After about 10 minutes of crazy sailing, we settled on a very broad reach for Selsey Bill with the jib up and both reefs in the main. I needed to lean out a bit every now and again but wasn’t too worried because, after all, the forecast was for the wind to abate by noon. White horses trotted along beside us. It started to rain. Again. We romped along, once achieving 8.9 knots on the GPS, even though there was (in theory) a half knot of tide against us.
It was cold, so I "heaved to" and put on some more layers. Despite this delay, Selsey Bill arrived ahead of schedule so there was tide still against us. Navigation accuracy became important to get us in position through the Looe channel so I was concentrating on buoy spotting through the rain showers and a bit slow in shaking the reefs out . A couple of yachts came through the murk from the West, so we must be on the right track. We meandered along at 2 kn for half an hour or so until we were through the narrow bit and I woke up. Out came the reefs, just at the time that the wind backed to the West of North, giving us a head wind up the eastern arm of the Solent. The rain stopped.