I arrived home to the Solent last week of August after sailing -- mostly against the wind
-- from Finland
For some reason I didn't go straight to my mooring
on the Hamble. I put the hook down in Osborne Bay and spent three nights, taking the dinghy
into Cowes from time to time, before going in to my mooring
for just a couple of days, then back out. Like that I've spent the last three weeks. I've anchored in the Beaulieu, in one of my favorite spots just E of Yarmouth, now E of Lymington. In between several nights at anchor
, I spend one night somewhere (Cowes, Lymington) to buy groceries, take on water
, give a good finishing charge to the batteries. Great sailing between all of these places too.
What is bizarre is that except for Osborne Bay, NO ONE ANCHORS OUT HERE. The Solent is one gigantic, protected anchorage. There are a huge number of ports
here, and probably 30 or 40 marinas
, but they are among the most expensive in Europe
, in season. Why does no one anchor
out? I've got 100 meters (330 feet) of chain out now -- because it doesn't matter. I'm the only anchored boat along the whole coast. I have my deck
lights on full blast so that no fishing
boat will slam into me, as happened last fall. There are some 4000 yachts moored in the Hamble River alone -- where do they all go? How can it be so empty here?