A long journey south was made on Friday to stay with my father.
We then met up with the rest of the Spice and Buzz sailors at the Seafarers Sailing Club at Hill Head near Lee on Solent.
We had a fantastic weekend learning to better set up and sail the Buzz.
The wind picked up in the afternoon and we capsized twice. The first time was a bit interesting, the second time we had mastered the process of righting her.
Sunday was time for trapezing and using the spinnaker with thanks to Andy Holmes of Wet and Windy who was at the helm while Sarah and I took it in turns to get out on the wire and get the spinnaker up.
What a fab weekend, shame it’s such a long way south (7 hours each way).
We look forward to meeting up with all our new friends very soon.
After our midnight walk, we still wanted to get out and get some fresh air in our lungs. Sarah had wanted to climb Wild Boar Fell, so that was our choice for the day. It all started well, but the conditions deteriorated and became so poor that it made sense to turn around and leave the summit for another day.
The snow had drifted and the gate was not going to open.
Vickie & I headed to Great End. Vickie was hoping to solo Central Gully. But as it was full of people (why?) it made sense to avoid it and find a different (quieter line). I’d got my pooches and decided for a walk(!) around to meet Vickie near the summit.
The forecast was not too good (75 mph winds on summits and ridges plus a severe wind chill). So we were prepared. However, the snow was not so good, deep and not consolidated. So it made for difficult conditions.
We missed each other on the west ridge, so I headed down the east side (main path), whilst Vickie headed down the way I came up. It was atrocious on the summit. The dogs were getting cold and at every opportunity bedded down. At the bottom of Great End we met up, had a very welcome coffee whilst we watched the remaining three parties climb Central Gully. It was after 2pm so no doubt they’ll be coming down in the dark.
We wallowed back to the car at Seathwaite and finished lunch. It was a good day considering and one to talk about in the pub when we get old.
It was the first day of the Windermere Airshow, and I’d volunteered to stand and be sociable on the SARDA Lakes stand in the event arena. It was a good opportunity for Mil to meet lots of children and chat about training.