I was unable to obtain sufficient crew for my own passage on Adat for the YOSC Summer Cruise this year and as the Skippers of those participating keep in touch I was somewhat glad to find another in the same predicament. Trevor Blunden (Skipper of Miranda) kindly offered me a berth. With Trevor, Mike Higgins and myself we slipped The Hamble for St. Peter Port, Guernsey and a night sail.
It wasn’t long however when bad luck struck in the dark whilst we were still in the Solent. After a short sail at dusk and with little wind we required the engine but soon found there was no drive and I took emergency action steering under sail to the entrance of Newtown Creek with Trevor anchoring outside in the dark. The following day our Skipper dived under to find a ball of polypropylene netting wrapped around our propellor. After he showered, a quick breakfast and we slipped stopping at St. Peter Port and St Malo (riding out a F8 storm that could clearly be seen from the Marina) then on to the new Marina at St Cast, back to St Peter Port and finally home at the top of the Hamble. We and several other vessels slipped for the second lock exiting St Malo (Basin Vauban) only to find it just didn’t open and we had to wait for the last lock. They gave no explanation. St Cast, now some years old was still under construction but promised to be a very useful stop especially with a concrete LED lit boardwalk from the Marina to the peace, tranquility and splendour of the old town of St Cast.
Miranda is in exceptional condition and typical of Westerleys with plenty of stowage space. With Tiller steering and Autohelm, she gave us a very comfortable and pleasant passage throughout our cruise.