Ready to leave the mooring on another blistering hot few days. It has been hitting over 30C for several days, with wonderful strong sun. I set out for two nights, which gives me one full day without the long drive to and from Poole. Not a great amount of sailing as there hasn’t been much wind. I headed out into Studland Bay twice, but spent most of the time anchored in the shallows off Redhorn Quay. Generally had it to myself, but one deep keeled yacht mistook my channel for the main through route. He ended up stuck in the mud at the height of the tide. As it went out he heeled over by 30 degrees or more. Around 11:00 at night the Swanage Lifeboat came out to see if he was OK, but they couldn’t get close enough to do anything for him. I was on the bottom myself, but I had planned to be. He probably won’t be able to float off for two or three days. Even a big fishing boat tried to pull him off but couldn’t.
The days were so hot that the water became really pleasant for swimming.
On Monday morning it was so warm at 7:00am that I got out my old Lidl’s snorkel and fins and went snorkeling off the boat. Its not the Great Barrier Reef. Not much to see apart from mud and crabs, but it was fun to do.
For proper exercise, I went for a run along the seaward beach, which is pure sand for miles. Running through the edge of the water is just great fun.
Everyone seemed to be enjoying the sun and heat…
We are away now for a few days, so I hope the weather either holds or returns for when I can get back