For more than nine months we've been planning to spend a year based in Gosport from this April. With the onset of the coronavirus pandemic we thought hard about whether to stay on in London or proceed. We decided to proceed. There are few better places to isolate ourselves than on our wonderful boat!
Our original hope had been to cruise to Gosport over a week or so. Given the pandemic situation it became a delivery passage. We departed St Katharine's Dock at 0800 on Wednesday and arrived in Gosport at 2100 on Thursday. Here's our track...
|Zen Again Track|
- Route Distance = 193nm
- GPS Distance = 194nm!
- Duration = 37 hours
- Average ground speed = 5.0 kt
- Minimum wind speed = 0 kt
- Average wind speed = 10 kt
- Maximum wind speed = 16 kt
- Apparent wind angle range = 45 to 170
- Seas up to 1m
- Partly cloudy on Wednesday. Overcast on Thursday with drizzle in fog.
- Total = 24 hours
- Driving = 24 hours
- Charging = 0 hours
We were up and ready to go at 0730. We departed SKD at 0800 and high tide was at about 0830. On exit we gave Zen Again a last look at Tower Bridge before setting course down river.
|Entering the SKD lock|
|Outer lock gate going down|
|Zen Again paying her respects to Tower Bridge|
|Through the Thames Barrier|
|Red Sands See Forts (WW2 Anti-Aircraft Platforms)|
|A great sail out of the Thames Estuary|
|iPad Armor-X mount and case working well|
Passing Ramsgate the wind fell very light and the engine went on. Sadly it didn't go off until we arrived in Gosport Marina. We motor-sailed for several hours until the wind was too light. A weak warm front was passing over us, bringing a NE wind perfect for our passage west. Sadly it didn't arrive until Thursday afternoon.
The night was overcast and cold - down to about 6C according to the 220WX. Many layers, thick socks, scarves and hats were applied. We discovered ugg boots are excellent dry-weather winter sea boots - toasty warm! The traffic in and out of Dover seemed as busy as ever.
Wednesday morning delivered a low overcast which descended to become fog for several hours. Visibility was less than 1/2nm. Our nav lights stayed on all day.
|Fog along the south coast|
|Stray bird and Ugg boots|
|Route into Portsmouth Harbour and Gosport Marina|
We're currently in the far NE corner of the marina. From our berth we can see the nightly light show on the Spinnaker Tower. We can also see the RN's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth.
In Gosport we hope we'll be able to go sailing frequently - if only for day sails in the Solent initially.
This afternoon we checked out the local supermarkets. Like those in London there were many bare shelves. We always keep Zen Again well stocked but hopefully the panic buying will settle down soon.
Trust all's well where you are!