Race day! It was with much excitement that we released from the raft and made our way out through Cowes. Since we were third out, we left early and picked up a mooring outside the breakwater to observe the fun.
It was quite a sight to see the fleet massing- 68 boats started. Alice helmed our start and then Niki took over. We were against wind and tide both and kept to the shallow water on the mainland side, but still could not got past Lepe at the mouth of the Beaulieu River.
After about 3 hours of beating, we reluctantly retired and were back in Cowes in 20 minutes!!
Alice had time to join the dinghy race and then, after a rapid wash and brush up it was off to Cowes for a very enjoyable evening at the celebratory dinner, where the race was replayed over and again between skippers and boat stories shared.