It has been a busy and stressful few weeks. After all the work we did on Tikka over the winter, when we did the sea trials she sailed beautifully with a clean, freshly anti-fouled hull and crisp new sails. However, she had developed a leak coming from the rudder seal and sea water was finding it’s way into the aft cabin. So it was back out of the water she came. We found an engineer that promised to help and could meet our deadline. We were plagued by delays though and it took over two weeks to get her repaired.
We finally got her back in the water on Saturday afternoon 28th May, rudder functionally tested and good to go. We had 6 days to get her to the start line ready for the Launch Party. With a forecast for good winds but building to strong by Monday we needed to get going.
We planned to sail to Gosport over two days, taking turns to drive or sail as we needed to take our dogs, Bosun and Sally and also get the car from Portland to Gosport. Harry decided to stay with me for a bit of Father and son time. So the first leg was to be Kaz’s first ever solo sail. She didn’t look phased or nervous but I was! I didn’t need to worry though, she did a great job, confidently sailing Tikka into Poole Town Quay.
Sunday was Kaz’s turn to drive and dog walk whilst Harry and I sailed Tikka to Gosport and the start line. We started out with 1 reef in the main and were flying along with a good tide and relatively flat seas, this changed during the afternoon though as the wind freshened to a North Easterly force 7 with wind over tide. It was a bumpy beat down the Solent putting Harry, Tikka and me through our paces! With 2 reefs and greatly reduced fore sail we flew into Gosport arriving well before sunset.
With Tikka scrubbed and put to bed, we headed home for a few days rest and final planning. Next event will be our Launch Party on Friday then the big day and the long awaited trip begins. I hope we are blessed with tight lines, fair winds and following seas as we head off to raise awareness and funds for some of the most disadvantaged children in our society.