we launched at ichenor this morning around 9 am ish, we were told by the conservency folks at chichester it was going to be F4-6 in the harbour and F7-8 possibly 9 later outside chichester harbour with gale warnings and the weather was supposed to worsen as the day went on.
we went and had a look anyway out side the harbour entrance and it was really rough, we backed off and turned round when we were in waves of 3-3.5m+ and getting progressively worse the further out you went. personally it was too rough for me knowing it could get worse during the day and we would have quite a few miles of it to even reach the possible shelter of the iOW.
i have two free vip tickets and a 50% discount ticket, if anyone in the chichester area wants them then pm me and come and collect them from the witterings as it would be a shame for them to go to waste
spoke with lurcher this morning and he said it was very rough out there and i have to agree
hopefully any of those folks who have battled it out there today are all home safe and sound at the end of the day
unfortunately when we got back to ichenor and had recovered the boat the local harbour guys had been called out to 2-3 boats in distress around the chichester bar area, one with a failed engine and two others with various probelms needing assistance
hopefully they are all ok