Originally Posted by 250kts
To my knowledge, the Hengistbury Head CG look out is peak summer only. I cannot remember the last time I saw it manned.
Glad you are back and safe
I agree; but when the call came through as I was struggling the breaking waves off the Head it seemed too much of a coincidence! The conversation was, consequentially, a little abrupt and it was only on getting back into the Poole Harbour speed limit that I called up again to confirm a safe return and enquired whether they had had sight of me. I was impressed that I could hold a conversation with Solent CG (at Lee on Solent) from Poole Harbour entrance (when it would normally be Portland CG).
So far as the sea state was concerned, it probably wasn't heroic (as was my rounding of Portland a couple of years ago with family and huge waves!) as I've actually had more uncomfortable similar crossings in much better weather but not with such large waves. Whilst most were on the nose on the return trip, there were regular ones on the beam which really skewed the fall off the top. Ouch - and I'm aching today!
It's a credit to the boat but, as Trevor says, it's what RIBs are made for!
I leave it to you whether the trip was mad (both outward and return journeys called in to the CG and only me at risk) but it was possibly a little reckless to continue the outward leg with an intermittant engine failure. That's being investigated but it looks like a reoccurance of the previous problem of corrosion in the wiring loom which has already once been replaced under warranty.
Originally Posted by jambo
Sorry Avocet..... Once again sorry if I for one moment infered that you were there for my enjoyment!!
Mea culpa: not yours! I didn't mean to sound piqued ..... I meant to excuse the lack of video rather than berate the potential audience. If Pete, Steve, Scurvey Crew (or anyone else, frankly!) wants to come along as photographer, please let me know!
I'm always happy to post future jaunts and Spring is (surely) on its way