Originally Posted by brucehawsker
as our 14 year old son put it, "an expereince of a lifetime" ... my wife said of the journey to Cowes and back, and the fireworks, "incredible"...
That's what it's all about!
It's a pleasure to share experiences like that, and it certainly was a day of contrasts. What should have been an easy daytime passage was a quite an ordeal, and the night-time covering of the same ground was beautiful.
It's been interesting to read the comments on ybw.com motorboat forum where one member suggests that anything over 4kts is reckless at night - we travelled at 14-18kts, made best use we could of natrual and electronic navigation aids, and I got excellent feedback from all on board - you all noticed the main hazard of the passage before I did which was great assistance. The confidence from having alert observers on board is very valuable indeed.