Easter Eggstraviganzer 2004

posted 6 Oct 2016, 07:53 by Dave Tomlin
The Explorers recently visited Lymington, on the south coast of England. We left Warwick on Good Friday and after a three hour journey we arrived. We toured the Marina and then launched the boats that we had brought with us: 'Brenig' and 'Cunning Plan'. We returned to Lymington Sea Scouts' very smart HQ for dinner and some of uslearnt how to use the GPS and set our routes for the next day.

Saturday included taking the boats to the Needles, looking around Yarmouth harbour, lunching on a beach on the Isle of Wight and in the evening we did our first night navigation exercise: out around Lymington. We returned tired and despite my amazingly flattering and very stylish Tango suit, I was very chilly.

Sunday was occupied by Level 2 Powerboat training, and for those already holding the award, Wayfarer sailing was on offer.

Our second night took us out in the direction of Portsmouth and it was really cool! It was an exercise using our charts without GPS and it was memorable; with the Isle of Wight ferries crossing and me nearly going straight into an unlit mark. And I nearly forgot; Titch, Chris Mac and Sarah (of all people!) managed to overshoot one point and only corrected themselves, returning to the buoy, after nearly two nautical miles. Honestly!

On Monday, after a well deserved and badly needed lie-in, we cooked breakfast then cleaned and retrieved our boats.

We came back a very happy bunch!

All that remains to say is thank you to Lymington Sea Scouts, especially JJ, who I hope enjoyed the table wrestling show! And thank you to Alan Gandy and Nick, and to Titch for all the planning and organizing and for making it a really cool weekend. Cheers!

Cate M. May 2004