Monthly Archives: Jun 2017

Heat wave continues. more anchoring than sailing

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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…

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We are away now for a few days, so I hope the weather either holds or returns for when I can get back

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More summer sailing

My mast is fixed. Swallow Yachts made an excellent job of it in just a week, even though it meant two round trips to Cardigan to deliver and collect it. They have tidied up the whole base of the mast, including filleting in the house neck strip I bodged on some years ago.

Then I sailed round the Harbour and anchored off Jerry’s Point in a flat calm for the night. Listened to nightjars churring, which is a strange sound in the dark.

It was another pair of glorious days, and I spent much of them rowing, walking and even swimming. The main beaches facing the sea are beautiful and fairly busy. The small beaches facing into the Harbour are absolutely stunning, and you can usually have them to yourself. You also have a fascinating view up to all the shipping and boasts up at the Harbour entrance.

The best swimming place by far is the lake in the middle of Studland peninsula called the little sea. There must be over a thousand holiday makers within quarter of a mile of it, but I have never seen anyone else there. There are still places you can get to yourself.

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The towel in the tree is essential for finding your way back.

More hot weather forecast so I hope to get down again soon.