A magic round the island
It was going to be a long way home against so much tide but it was time cherished taking in the views. We watched Velsheda go for a gybe and put their pole through the foot of their enormous spinaker. At this time we could feel Gandalf lightly touching the mud as we sailed along the mainland shore between Lymington and Beaulieu. The fastest time around the island was the all-black Stealth in just over five hours. Gandalf won in her class taking 8 hours 18 minutes. The Solent was virtually empty by 19.30 with the exception of some men in whites who had gone to the Brambles Bank for the unusual once a year cricket match when the spring tide is so low that the bank becomes emerged.