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Richard's Cruising Season Round Up

Despite a late start and difficulty with Covid restrictions we still managed to hoist the Jolly Roger on four occasions this season. There was even a bonus 5th half cruise at Calshot to round off the season. In all 16 Seavets took part in at least one cruise with an average turnout of 10, Joe was the only one to complete all 5, but the vast majority managed to do 4.

We kicked off the season on the 24th June with a very successful Hayling rounding. The blast across Langstone will live long in the memory. Poole followed in July and was pleasant but uneventful for all except myself - the less said about that the better. Then came Mersea week in August with a good turnout of camper. We enjoyed the traditional bike ride round the island followed by a cruise round the next day, which was memorable for the mud larking exploits of a certain ancient mariner, also the absence of fish & chips at our favourite chippy in Brightlingsea. The sailing was great though.

The beginning of September took us back to Hayling for the Chichester trip. As HISC was closed to non-members we started from the eastern end of the seafront, this meant negotiating the harbour entrance twice and proved to be an interesting challenge for some on the way back, otherwise it was a lovely day.

Finally in mid-September a few of us camped at Calshot for a few days and enjoyed some good sailing in the lagoon along with bike rides, BBQs and glorious sunsets. Unfortunately the conditions on the Solent meant we couldn't do a full cruise to Ashlett and Lepe but Andy, Joe and myself did sail up to Ashlett for a pint then cycled to Lepe afterwards for an ice cream, so we are counting that as a half cruise, a great way to round off what has been a difficult but very enjoyable season.

Many thanks to John Ellis for his help in planning all the trips, especially those in his new territory of Hayling. Also huge thanks to Brian Tilbury for his contributions in rhyme throughout the season and he has come up with the following round up.

Season Poem
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