I certainly don't think you "chickened out" last weekend. Conditions were challenging even for the 7m+ boats.
I know I absolutely made the right decision not to try to take my boat out single-handed, and even with regular crew would probably have turned back very soon past Calshot spit!
Condition were worse than the Gropro footage shows - I thin the wide angle lens "flattens" the seas - you only have to look at the amount of spray hitting the A-frame mounted cameras to see quite how rough it was.
I think Avocet has been considering a possible alternate date later in Jan.
I'm sure there will be interest in an "icicle" run to Yarmouth no matter what it's called or when scheduled. I would be up for such a jaunt, but I need to get a towbar fitted to my new car I picked up yesterday.
BTW first impressions of my Skoda Kodiaq are very good
I admire your enthusiasm and keeness to get out.