Bembridge to Shoreham

I got up at 4:45, had breakfast and prepared Moon River for the voyage back to Shoreham.

Moon River slipped from Bembridge at 06:00, at High Water.

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I knew that the tide would  initially be against us, and was not due to turn in our favour until 11:20 – another 5 hours – but the wind was due to increase to SW 5 or 6 and the chop would only get worse as the wind increased.

We had cleared the buoyed channel out of the harbour by 6:30. I decided to go through the Looe Channel, rather than the longer route round the Owers. As yet the sea state was only slight.

I raised the mainsail and set a course of 090°.

There was only a slight swell as Moon River crossed from Bembridge towards Selsey Bill.

The adverse tide was beginning to slow by the time Moon River reached Boulder at 08:32.

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Moon River passed Streete at 08:33 with a tolerably flat sea and In calm conditions.

Moon River changed course to 075°.

At 09:30, we headed slightly further inshore on a course of 069° towards Shoreham.

The adverse tide slowed, and by 11:30 had turned in our favour and we were making 6 knots and more over the ground

Moon River was passing Worthing at 11:45. The variable wind had now settled into a steady South Westerly.

Ahead I could see the attractively coloured spinnakers of the SYC racing fleet contesting the Summer series race 3.

I passed Major Clanger going well with their spinnaker flying.

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Moon River headed further inshore to keep clear of the racing yachts.

Moon River passed the familiar landmark of Lancing College at 12:15.

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Further out, Ocean Dream were racing towards the final turning mark, with their spinnaker flying well.

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Skitter were also flying their spinnaker nicely up to the finish line.

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Moon River reached Shoreham Harbour at 13:00 in time for the 13:30 lock. When the lock gates opened, I saw Crazy H come out.

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Moon River went in the lock with some of the racing yachts – Josh, Kingfisher, Italian Job and Maverick.

Moon River was back on her mooring at 14:10.

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