Day three and our crews, well rested from the previous day’s exertion, set off for the Hampshire town of Lymington. Located in the Solent, directly opposite the Isle of Wight, their destination was a 44-mile sail away in what seemed to be good conditions. Half an hour into the sail the fog came down and visibility became greatly reduced, sometimes to less than 100 metres. Fortunately our skippers have a wealth of experience, as do many of our crews, and the reduced visibility did not hold them up too much, although it took maximum concentration to hold course.
As the day progressed, a pod of dolphins came out to play with Ashanti and Clearlake II, chasing them and weaving in and out of their wakes as they made their way through the water. It is sights like these that make even the most arduous day sailing a worthwhile experience.
As our crews approached Lymington the fog lifted and the perfectly still water of the marina became home for the night. Both crews tucked into a meal cooked on board and then joined each other for a cheerful drink before heading for bed.
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