We had to be past the Needles and into the Solent by midday before the tide changed so it was another 0330 rise to leave at 0400. With a Westerly wind and spring tide we made great progress and were soon past the first tidal gate of St Alban’s Head.
The wind freshened, as forecast, and our speed increased as we sailed past the landmark Needles lighthouse at over 10 knots (very exhilarating in a 28 foot boat).
The finish line felt very close as we entered Cowes Yacht Haven. I have many fond memories of learning to sail in the Solent on Victoria 34’s from the Joint Services Adventurous Sail Training Centre (JSASTC) and now we have circumnavigated this wonderful country in our own boat. I struggled to contain the many mixed emotions running through my head today.