Saturday forecast looked a little heavy on the westerly gusts so we opted for Sunday morning for our epic voyage.
Up early and on the boat by 6am and outside Brighton marina by 6.30 just before the tide turns west. Wind unfortunaltly was very light and so we had to motor sail fior the first 2 hours then it became a bit of gusts weterly to 10 knots which gave a chance to get the motor off and sail.
Went for the Loe channnel which we got through before the tide turned and made Hsler portsmouth after 9 hours. Not bad going for a 21 ft boat. Lovely welcome at Hasler and we found them very friendly people, trying hard to accomodate peeps needs.
Then it we a train back, pick up car and home. The return train journey took 1 hour!!!!
So the boat now has a new home for the season, new cruising ground and new adventures to explore. A different type of sailing to Brighton I suspect where we would go out and day sail, then back to the marina for a meal then home.
To all those that gave advice and support, many thanks it was appreciated and informative. With the weather being kind this trip was easy. Our only problem was a warning that the batteries were low, whci we were sure was false but to be sure we switched sat nav off, only using it for a fix every hour and resorted to the old fashoined bearings and fixes. A stopped outboard, which immedialtly re started we think this was air lock, and then a run in with the IOW ferry which did not want to give way to sail.