Yesterday we took part in our first event, cruising around the Isle of Wight to raise funds for a hospice. Up at 515 to be on the start line for 0610 and off, very slowly due to the lack of wind. We spent hours just getting to the Needles but once near St Catherine’s point we did get some lovely breezes to get us along. Unfortunately the wind died again and we spent several hours looking at the marker buoy but not making much progress towards it!
We were aware the tide was going to turn against us at 0.7 kts and we were only doing about the same, so eventually we’d be going backwards. After 12 hours at sea, not a pleasant prospect.
We heard many yachts retire and later were told only 10 of the 54 registered boats actually finished, so we were glad we persevered. Apparently we came 4th!
I just spoke to Karen Walker who organised the event and they made 4000 pounds just on the night, at the BBQ and raffle, and with the sponsorship due to come in are hoping to beat last year’s total of 5400 pounds.
Lutine came first over the line in the racing class and we rafted up alongside her last night at East Cowes. Well done to everyone who took part and thanks to all the organisers for their hard work!