Natasha (8 y.o.) and I went out through Langstone entrance at around 10:30, 1/2 hour after high water. The tide was running strongly with us and therefore against the wind.
It was a bit lumpy in places. I took the inner passage through the barrier so was in 15 to 20 ft of water most of the way. We were quite comfortable at 15 - 20 kts. Natasha has got back into thinking the RIB will flip if we get the bow too high off a wave.
The waves were between 1.5 & 2 feet and about 20 - 25ft apart.
We met up with the Pompites and set off along Haslar wall at around 20 kts. Again the conditions were similar but the sea was a bit shorter. Nautibouy passed us like he was on glass.
From experience, I know that I would have been a smoother ride at 25-30kts but my 8 y.o. rev limiter cut in around 20 kts.
Natasha called a stop just before Gilkicker, and we turned back to Northney at a comfortable leisurely 18 kts.
Not anywhere near the Solent at its worst last Saturday, but not an easy ride along the mainland beach. I should imagine it got a bit smoother when out in deeper water and in the lea if the island.
As Robin says, Chi Bar and Hayling Bay can be quite a challenge.
Turning back was a good call with a nervous passenger.