3 May 2010
Very windy day (too windy for me) 6.8nm (41.1nm total)
I only sailed out to Brownsea Island and anchored in the lee and went ashore for a walk. The photo shows Dasiy G at anchor with Furzey Island behind. That's where BP pumps oil out of the biggest oil field in the UK. You wouldn't know. Sailed out with a double reef and was way over-canvassed. Shot back behind the island and came out again just jib and mizzen. Still overpowered in gusts, but I could tack if necessary. My dinghy flipped over and the seat washed out. I managed to tack back and pick it up before it sank, which impressed me, but there was no audience. It wasn't fun, so I stowed the jib and turned the motor on. Pleased to find I could motor directly into the wind at 4kts, so was back to my new mooring in 20 minutes. Cabin lamp swinging round like mad and chipping the paint on the compression post. I need to stow it when sailing. Packed in sailing and went for a bike ride along the sea front to Poole Quay. Brompton folding bikes are one of the World's great inventions.
One interesting point to note with the rudder blade. When fully down it angles forward very slightly. This makes it wonderfully light in use, but you have to be careful in shallow water. I anchored with it just touching soft mud. When trying to pull it up, I found it almost impossible. It has to swing through the vertical first, which means it digs slightly deeper into the mud. The lever arm on the uphaul is nothing like that of the mud's on the blade tip, so it is practically impossible, even if the resistance is minimal. A point to watch, especially on a falling tide. You could end up with the blade stuck down.