It was a bit like going back in time as nothing had changed at Itchenor since Carolyn used to come hear as a child - people still trudge down to the muddy foreshore and launch dinghies in their wellies, the harbour tour boats are still the same but most amazingly they still clean off and anifoul boats on piles on the beach - although they had jet washers that they didn't when my Dad did this with our family boat.....
That night we went to the Ship Inn, which was totally packed with locals on a Friday night and had the sort of noise that only an English pub does - brilliant. We met Di & Keith of Dizzy Di, who were moored next to us. They had just taken ownership too so we enjoyed a drink with them before tucking into fab fish and chips!
Askari anchored at Itchenor behind boats being cleaned on the beach
|Andrew thought the wind forecast quite amusing (for non sailors that is wind of 11 to 33 knots) - we stayed another day!|
|Carolyn had her first run out in "Askooby"|
|Sailing in the Solent - love the British Weather!|
|Osbourne House on the Isle of Wight|
|We whizzed passed Cowes under full sail - this photo was supposed to show the Union Jack behind our Aussie Flag|
Next day the sun came out and we had a great dinghy trip up the River to Beaulieu itself for some lunch out. We ended the day at the Master Builders (the pub Andrew and I used to go to when we were first dating)
|View from the cockpit at Bucklers Hard Beaulieu River|
|Bucklers Hard with Askari in the distance|