Four intrepid PSC crews set out early on the Sunday 6th for the challenging circumnavigation of Portsea Island.
In light F2/3 wind, and with a need to judge the tides just right, the crews passaged under the M275 motorway bridge and round to the “masts down” stop next to Hilsea roundabout.
They then paddled under the road and rail bridges joining Portsea to the mainland before emerging into the north of Langstone harbour. Met there, near Tudor Sailing club by Phil and Nicola in the RIB to support the rest of the passage.
The wind lifted to F3/4 and, after some tricky re-rigging knee-deep in mud, the teams tacked south on the ebbing tide arriving for a much-needed lunch stop on the now-visible sandbank near the mulberry harbour.
Catching the last of the ebbing tide past Eastney, the teams sailed out into the Solent and enjoyed some reaching conditions along the south of Portsea and through the submarine barrier, before goose-winging back into Portsmouth Harbour on the start of the flood tide. On the final leg to home the race was on! with an opportunity to fly the majestic new ‘logo’ spinnaker from the club Wayfarer. All safely back on the slipway by 6pm.
At 17nt miles and nearly 8 hours to complete, it represents one of the most challenging and ambitious events in the club dinghy program.
It was great fun though…. Roll on next year!