We can now sail down wind with our Blue Water Runner! Our Christmas present from ourselves to ourselves. A test run in the new year in light winds 4kn we managed to peak nearly 3kn in boat speed. This sail can be used in up to 25kn of wind, hoping to give this a go on our Cross Channel trips in 2019!
Lovely end of summer season sail from Southampton to Brixham. Super crossing on a spring tide past Portland Bill arriving at night trying to avoid all the trawlers!
We’ve had some great trips to Cherbourg this year with a mixture of conditions from no wind to a lot of wind and sometimes its just perfect as shown in the video below;
Here are some shots from these trips to give you an idea of what we get up to;
Ceto has been lifted out for a good clean up and anti-foul ready for the new season. She is now back at her base in Ocean Village
A breezy sail out in the Solent in January
We managed a couple of great sails from the Solent area to Cherbourg this year. Sailing out on Thursday evening to Lymington followed by an early start Friday morning past the infamous Needles and headed south to Cherbourg arriving mid afternoon. After a freshen up we had a lovely evening meal in the town and a good nights sleep and a bit of a lie in!
We generally set off for the return trip around noon, after having checked the tides and wind direction either via the Needles or Bembridge. Arriving back to base by midnight or early hours of the morning and finish with a celebratory drink then bed.
A slow morning Sunday with breakfast provided before setting off back home
Although we have enjoyed our time at Mercury Marina we have opted to move our base a little further up Southampton water to Ocean Village. Located within a short walk from the city centre and surrounded by shops, restaurants and bars. We feel it offers additional recreational possibilities for guests joining the yacht. Rail and bus connections are close by and parking facilities are good. There is also a new £50m luxury spa hotel due to open in Oct 17 for those wanting to start or finish their cruise in style. We hope you will agree this new location adds further opportunities to extend your sailing experience.
Despite having to slip lines at 04.30 (some were wondering if it was an early start or late evening) all on board were eager to get the race started. Our start time was 06.10 and we were able to watch the first yachts away at 05.30 as we prepared for our start. Then it was our turn, a fast reach to the needles (1 hour helped by a bacon sandwich each ) then on our way with the spinnaker hoisted. CETO behaved throughout with no dramas and we were making good time until the wind eased just the other side of Ryde sands and our speed dropped for a slower than expected last hour before crossing the finish line in a total time of 08:48:29. Motor on and back to base for a celebratory glass of champagne, a relax then a well deserved meal.
Thanks to all for making it such an enjoyable race, 10th in class out of 28 was a good effort!
Despite only being in the water for 7 months CETO was taken out of the water last weekend for a scrub and machine polish by Inspiration Marine as well as a few servicing jobs in preparation for the year ahead. She will also be sporting a new polished bow plate created by HTF Stainless Steel Fabrications Ltd. She is due back in the water 11th March.
Bookings are continuing a pace for the listed available weekends, however we still have some availability to customise other dates should these not meet your requirements. Bookings for the RTIR have now closed as all places have now been taken.
PurelySailing will be entering the 2018 RTIR and we are looking forward to welcoming guests aboard CETO for this annual race which never fails to excite no matter the weather. This iconic race annually attracts in the region of 1500 yachts from around the globe. As always this is a popular race and we only have two remaining places available. To ensure your chance to experience this fantastic race, organised by the Island Sailing Club in Cowes, contact us as soon as possible using the bookings link. Price includes
- Practice day sailing Friday
- On board overnight accommodation Friday and Saturday
- On board breakfast and lunch Friday and Saturday
- Soft drinks, tea, coffee and biscuits
- Complimentary glass of champagne (end of race)
- Team polo shirt