As I write this, Lady Jane is snuggled up against a crane barge on her mooring in the Itchen.
The trip around went exceedingly well and, thankfully, uneventfully.
There was a bit of careful manoeuvring out of Fareham creek at one end, and some pushing and shoving with the rib to get her properly alongside at the other.
We had a cold, stiff, breeze on the way round, but not enough to phase our motly crew.
There is no way I could have done this particular voyage without help, and plenty of it.
In no particular order, I would like to thank:
- John, the skipper, for his faith in Lady Jane, and the courage to get out there and do it.
- Malcolm, crew member extraordinaire, for his unselfish, hard, graft getting her ready to go.
- Patch, able crew member, for the copious quantities of tea and unfailing support.
- Pam, volunteer crew member, for her delicious sticky buns and box of seasickness tablets for the crew.
- Richard, an unexpected bonus crew member, for his expert assistance in handling the ropes and things.
There is now talk of doing another trip sometime soon - I best get that port side painted first though.
UPDATE: The photo set is now here, in Flickr