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Cowes Weekend, Cowes, Isle of Wight - 7th August 2004

Nosher heads down to catch a bit of Cowes Week, on the Isle of Wight, seeing as how Sean is crewing for Ray on his Contessa 32, "Confusion". First, there's a bit of time to kill waiting for the ferry in Lymington, which is just enough to swing round to see Hamish. Then, once on the island, Nosher and Sean crash for the night on another boat - Drifter - and then there's a day of sailing: watching baffling swarms of boats compete in races around various bits of the Solent whilst listening in to commentary on Cowes Live FM radio

next album: A Day Trip to Calais and the Battery Todt, Calais and Cap Gris Nez, France - 11th August 2004
previous album: Bill's Housewarming Barbeque - 31st July 2004

2004 Andrew in the beer garden of the Grinning Rat, Ipswich

Andrew in the beer garden of the Grinning Rat, Ipswich

2004 Lymington Quay and river, with the RLYC on the right

Lymington Quay and river, with the RLYC on the right

2004 Looking up the river

Looking up the river

2004 Swans float about

Swans float about

2004 It's holiday season on Quay Street

It's holiday season on Quay Street

2004 Quay Hill, Lymington

Quay Hill, Lymington

2004 Jignesh and Hamish hang around, post barbeque

Jignesh and Hamish hang around, post barbeque

2004 Bruce climbs all over the sofa

Bruce climbs all over the sofa

2004 Sunset on the river at Lymington

Sunset on the river at Lymington

2004 Heading out of the river on the Lymo Ferry

Heading out of the river on the Lymo Ferry

2004 The sun goes down over the Solent

The sun goes down over the Solent

2004 Cowes, on the Isle of Wight, is heaving

Cowes, on the Isle of Wight, is heaving

2004 Revellers are out on the street

Revellers are out on the street

2004 Nosher meets up with Ray (middle) and some of his crew

Nosher meets up with Ray (middle) and some of his crew

2004 Ray and Sean

Ray and Sean

2004 Ray and Crew, with Sean on the right

Ray and Crew, with Sean on the right

2004 Striding around Cowes

Striding around Cowes

2004 Nosher and Sean get the river taxi out to the moorings

Nosher and Sean get the river taxi out to the moorings

2004 Sean uses the nearest, er, facility

Sean uses the nearest, er, facility

2004 Sean kicks back on the yacht Drifter

Sean kicks back on the yacht Drifter

2004 Nosher

Nosher

2004 The next morning at around 7am

The next morning at around 7am

2004 A view up the pontoon

A view up the pontoon

2004 Sean roams around

Sean roams around

2004 Sean in the cockpit of Drifter

Sean in the cockpit of Drifter

2004 It's time to brush teeth

It's time to brush teeth

2004 Back on the river taxi

Back on the river taxi

2004 Sean looks out

Sean looks out

2004 Breakfast in the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club. Ray and Jim read the papers

Breakfast in the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club. Ray and Jim read the papers

2004 The crew discusses the day's racing

The crew discusses the day's racing

2004 Heading out of the RCYC

Heading out of the RCYC

2004 Starting guns are prepared for the day

Starting guns are prepared for the day

2004 Ray's crew on a pontoon, waiting to get a RIB to their boat

Ray's crew on a pontoon, waiting to get a RIB to their boat

2004 Looking back at the Island Sailing Club

Looking back at the Island Sailing Club

2004 Some other crew gets ready

Some other crew gets ready

2004 A million boats on the Solent

A million boats on the Solent

2004 The crowds build up

The crowds build up

2004 Some racing occurs

Some racing occurs

2004 People line the waterfront

People line the waterfront

2004 Smoke from a starting gun drifts over the water

Smoke from a starting gun drifts over the water

2004 A mixture of Squibs and Redwings

A mixture of Squibs and Redwings

2004 Pennants are unfurled

Pennants are unfurled

2004 Another starting-gun moment

Another starting-gun moment

2004 Meanwhile, a band performs

Meanwhile, a band performs

2004 Queen's Road in Cowes

Queen's Road in Cowes

2004 Some sort of mini carnival passes by

Some sort of mini carnival passes by

2004 More carnival costumes

More carnival costumes

2004 The Fountain, on High Street

The Fountain, on High Street

2004 More High Street action

More High Street action

2004 Down at the Yacht Haven

Down at the Yacht Haven

2004 Ray chats to Malcolm Ford, ex Brock College

Ray chats to Malcolm Ford, ex Brock College

2004 The post-race hangout

The post-race hangout

2004 Nosher visits The Needles on the way back

Nosher visits The Needles on the way back

2004 The famous multi-coloured sands of Alum Bay

The famous multi-coloured sands of Alum Bay

2004 A pontoon, and the Needles light house

A pontoon, and the Needles light house

2004 The Moonscape of Alum Bay

The Moonscape of Alum Bay

2004 Up on the cliff, there's a very quiet amusement park

Up on the cliff, there's a very quiet amusement park

2004 The long pier at Yarmouth, Isle of Wight

The long pier at Yarmouth, Isle of Wight

2004 Fishermen do their thing

Fishermen do their thing

2004 There's a nice car in the car park

There's a nice car in the car park

2004 Looking up Market Square

Looking up Market Square

2004 The slipway outside Yarmouth Yacht Club

The slipway outside Yarmouth Yacht Club

2004 A selfie, by Yarmouth Yacht Club

A selfie, by Yarmouth Yacht Club

2004 A possibly-1950s sign in the car park, featuring Charabanc tours

A possibly-1950s sign in the car park, featuring Charabanc tours

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Andrew in the beer garden of the Grinning Rat, Ipswich

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