Thursday, 9th August
Today has been the best so far. Not only was it sunny, but I had a good crew to enjoy the sailing.
The idea was to sail to Poole Quay for my crew. At first I thought I may not be able to be there for 1030, because fog enveloped the yacht, but it thinned sufficiently to make a start at 0830. There was no wind; therefore it was a case grinning and bearing the outboard.
An hour later I was taking a stroll along the quay where there was a square-rigger, a small ship with great character. My crew arrived on time, and within minutes we were pushing off for a sail towards Whareham. The southwesterly wind was just strong enough for steerageway, and the tide was making.
We made it as far as Gigger's Island; that's where the Whareham Channel becomes the River Frome, and the meandering river winds it's way like a snake to Whareham and beyond. The tide started to ebb and the wind faded. We motored back to Russell Quay where we anchored for lunch.
A sea breeze set in from the southeast, so we tacked through the moorings off the Dorset Yacht Club and the Poole Yacht Club. There we started the engine for entering Poole Quay Boat Haven.
Our day together had been perfect.