15 May 2011
Another windy sail (seems to be this year's theme) (24nm 92nm total)
(The photos are directly uploaded from my phone to see how well it works. OK I think is the answer. Not as good quality as my normal camera, but better than nothing. The first is of Shipstal Point deep in Poole Harbour and the second is the cliffs at Stuland.)
Sailed out around the Hook Sands outside Poole Harbour entrance just to try her in open water in strong winds. Life jacket and safety harness all the way. I have been trying out Navionics charts on my smart phone. It is impressive that they can get them on it, but to be honest I can't see the point. It isn't a chart plotter and doesn't tell you where to point. I found the ordinary Garmin GPS much more useful. The free GPS tracker on the phone also made a better job of tracking my course than the charts did.But it is fun to play with. I had to tie up to a floating pontoon for an hour before I could get back on my mooring as the tide was so low. There was enough water to float in, but not enough to get my engine down. The wind was so strong I really needed full control to pick up the mooring.
Lovely and sunny, but I wish it would warm up.