Well, I finally got around to uploading my photos!
Had a great day - launched Greyhound at Camber slip with Rich (laser), and then met up with Old Spice and crew (Pete7, Viv, Andrew and Susie) by Haslar Marina.
Departing Portsmouth Harbour, we waved to Nick (Biggles), and an extremely pleasant blast across to the Medina followed, absolutely beautiful weather, sunny, with the solent reflecting in that clear blue you only ever see in brochure photos! It was nice and flat, and Rich and I enjoyed finding wake to jump Greyhound over.
We then slowly pootled up the Medina, and rafted up on an anchored Old Spice just off the festival stage. Playing "guess the band", I do know that we heard the Kooks and Embrace, not sure about others!
We were joined by Nick in Rosie Rib, who rafted the other side of Old Spice.
I re-routed my throttle cables, Susie attracted the largest gathering of swans seen in the solent (!), and general relaxing in the sunshine ensued.
As the depth was steadily falling, we were getting concerned about getting back out, and almost simultanous with the arrival of Brian and crew in Caprisante, we upped anchor and left (No, it wasn't anything you said!).
We then blasted to Osborne bay, again rafted on Old Spice, and all members of the party bar myself (I had work to go to you see!) took a "refreshing" dip.
Nick then left us, promising faithfully to return!
Andrew then tried to catch some fish, while Susie tried to spear Greyhound with a fishing rod
and unfortunately it was time for me to head to work.
The crew of Old Spice stayed out in the Solent for what was I gather an unsuccesful attempt to catch mackeral for the BBQ!
All in all, a great day, really cool peeps, was nice to meet Nick, Andrew and Susie, and if we get just one more day I can spend on the boat with the weather, company, and entertainment as good as Sunday, I'll be happy!
Full photo gallery can be found at http://www.james-davies.co.uk/e107_plugins/kig_menu/
, thought I'd upload a choice few here though...:
Biggles going back into Portsmouth Harbour:
Old Spice failing the emissions test:
Old Spice at cruising speed
Cruising up the Medina
Rich laughing at my driving
I let Rich drive for about 10 seconds before I got scared and took over again
The Floating Heads
There's 104 photos on http://www.james-davies.co.uk/e107_plugins/kig_menu/
, including the hires versions if any of the photographed parties want them!