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Sailors take to the seas and visit the Isle of Wight

After learning the mechanics of sailing at Queen Mary Reservoir, the HCH Sailing Club took to the seas with their first experience of yacht sailing, spending a weekend exploring the spiritual home of yachting: the Solent.

It couldn’t have been a more glorious weekend. We basked in thirty degree sunshine, enjoyed gentle winds and swam in Alum Bay. The Isle of Wight seemed to glow in a hazy light; we had to pinch ourselves that this was England rather than Greece or the South of France.

The children enjoyed crewing the yacht – taking the helm, tacking, hoisting the sails and anchoring – as well as taking responsibility for living comfortably aboard by preparing food and washing up. They learned how to adapt their plans quickly to different weather and tidal conditions. On Saturday night, we visited the quaint New Forest town of Lymington, where everyone enjoyed time ashore and a fish and chip supper.


Arrive at Hamble and spend night aboard yacht

Depart Hamble
Lunch off Cowes
Visit Newtown Creek
Moor at Lymington – exploring the town and fish and chip supper

Depart Lymington
Alum Bay – swimming
Hurst Castle
Lepe – lunch under way
Southampton Water
Return to Hamble and thence HCH


Adam (skipper)

Paper plate awards go to Katie for her excellent mooring skills and obsession with knots; Scarlett for taking responsibility for menu planning; and Alexis for being such a brilliant on-board butler. Special thanks to Imogen’s brother, James, who joined as an extra able-bodied adult at late notice, following Imogen’s arm injury.

Photography by Imogen Hamel, and Alison Snelling aboard Squibble