Last Mile Builder to France for 2019 was a wild one!

Well we had to delay our departure to Cherbourg, no gentle sail to Lymington Friday night due to strong winds and chucking it down with rain. Instead we had a nice meal, early sleep at 8pm and then up for an early departure at midnight and plenty of night sailing to Cherbourg.

We had a great passage over though a bit lumpy and exciting out of the Needles and arrived in France for an afternoon siesta.

With strong winds forecast to build for the return passage the crew decided to make an early departure back to Southampton aiming to arrive as the tide turns at the Needles. However we had a super fast sail back averaging 8-9 knots and got back a bit too soon – experiencing some turbulence with wind over tide at the Needles. All survived with fab photos and great conversations over dinner that evening.

Here are a few pictures;

Leaving Cherbourg – a nice gentle passage to start
Eek moment through the Needles
Holding on tight!
Nearly into the Solent
Ah – a nice evening