If possible we board the night before we set off. So it was Friday April 27 when I brought Teal alongside and we loaded. Alan Ganter had another go at getting the throttle adjusted as they still felt sticky when manoeuvring. Then we returned to the mooring for the night.
Saturday (28 April) dawned cold and clear. Running the generator allowed the fan heater to warm the aft cabin before Dairne got up.It was 1200 by the time we left for Newtown where we anchored in our usual spot at 1350. It was a similar pattern in the Sunday (29th), except that a couple of boats anchored nearby. Inevitably, the combination of wind and tide meant that these boats swung too close to us during the night, and at one point, before I woke them up, there was a light contact. It brought back happy memories of disturbed nights anchored with David Colquhoun, who always loved midnight exercises!
Monday (30th) was more peaceful, In MayDay, we returned to our MYC mooring in the early afternoon, getting secured only 3 minutes before a very heavy rain shower! That evening I experimented with night photography getting some interesting shot of container ships departing SCT next to our mooring.
On 2nd May we went alongside mid morning, unloaded and took Dairne home. I then returned to MYC and put the boat on the mooring. This is a pattern that works for us.
Trained as Naval Architect. Involved in shipbuilding and shipyard construction/ Worked briefly in aviation. Joined Associated British Ports in 1984 as Business Development Manager. For 10 years until retirement in 2001, Environment Manager at ABP. Has owned several yachts described on this website