Monday, August 06, 2012
The most hazardous part was trailing 'Sandpiper' to Redcliffe Farm for launching. The journey by road took all morning. Several times we came to a halt on the M25 because of heavy traffic. Perhaps the Olympic Games was part of the problem.
Anyway, the short distance between Sandford Park campsite, where I offloaded gear for my family, was quickly done so that I arrived in good time for launching the boat at high water.
At 1450 'Sandpiper' was heading down the River Frome. Ten or so minutes later I brought her alongside at Ridge Wharf Yacht Centre to buy a Poole Harbour chart.
After light refreshments I continued down river. Loads of yachts were moored beside the reedy river bank. Past Swineham Point where the river widens over mudflats I unrolled the jib for a run before the fresh southwesterly.
I don't understand Poole Harbour tides, and I was surprised to find it was still making, but there was enough wind to push us over the tide at a 2.5 knots.
Beyond Gold Point and Patchins Point there was enough water for us to follow the shoreline to Shipstal Point, where I set the anchor in mud with only 0.8 metres of water the boat. By 1900 we were aground.
I love this kind of anchorage where many wader birds totally ignore yachts as they forage alongside. Apart from the sound of howling wind and the call of birds there is a wonderful peace here - such a contrast to the noisy traffic earlier in the day.
Well, I'm hoping I shall have a reasonable night's sleep.
PS The photos are of the boat at Ridge Wharf, Shipstal Point and my evening meal.