Wednesday, March 06, 2013
A bit of a surprise
It was all pretty calm while we stayed at Newtown Creek over the weekend.
The plan was to leave just before ten, leaving plenty of time for a comfortable sail round to Southampton, getting back in time for easy tides as we came alongside.
The forecast, according to windfinder.com, was for 12-15kn winds, steadily increasing over the course of the afternoon. I had checked the weather again that morning before we left.
With the mizzen already up, in preparation for getting the main and foresail up smartly after leaving Newtown, Arctic Rose suddenly became somewhat more of a handful than expected, just when starting to navigate through the narrow channel out of the creek.
Looking at the sudden jump in wind speed on the chart from the day, it's easy to see why.
What should have been a comfy sail turned into a bit of a lumpy ride, with us fighting wind over tide up the Western Solent - I'm sure I saw 30kn on the gauge at one point.
Needless to say, Patch was none too impressed with my planning skills and I never got any tea until we reached the relative calm higher up Southampton water.