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Bowyers Sailing 21 to 23 September

In a short gap between storms Ali and Bronagh, an inaugural Bowyers Sailing Club met for a weekend of sailing on the chartered Bavaria 36, 'No Optimist', in the Solent. Skipper Nigel Heilpern and crew David Laxton, Mark Elliott and Tony Marinos picked up the yacht at Haslar Marina in Gosport on Friday 21 September and with supplies loaded and other preparations complete adjourned to a local pub to make a plan for the following days sailing. Conditions on Saturday morning were reasonably good and with a drizzle which lifted and a light breeze blowing, the crew managed an excellent passage to Cowes. The return journey that afternoon proved to be a little more challenging with conditions worsening and the wind picking up to a very respectable force 6. Conditions the following morning hadn't really improved and so the crew remained in the relatively calmer waters of Portsmouth Harbour before preparing the boat for handback and spending a couple of fascinating hours in the Submarine Museum a short distance away from the marina. All in all it was a thoroughly enjoyable weekend with some very valuable sailing experience logged away. Plans for the next trip are already in the early stages.

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