Saturday starts with a stop in Ipswich for a hair cut, and to get fitted for a wedding suit (being best-man for mate Andrew, pictured in the beer garden of the Grinning Rat)
Cowes Week(end), Isle of Wight - 7th-8th August 2004
A trip to the Island to hang out with the yacht gang, and to see mates Sean and Ray who were both racing in the regatta (in the Contessa 32 class).
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Nosher arrives in Lymington to get a ferry ticket, but ends up having to wait a few hours first. Cue a wander down to Lymington waterfront.
Nosher actually lived in Lymo for a few months...
...this is looking down the hill towards the quay.
With a few hours to kill, there is time to pop around to Hamish's to catch the end of a barbeque. Hamish and Jignesh hang out in the conservatory
Hamesprog 1, Bruce, jumps around
On the ferry out to the Island, looking back up the river towards Lymington
The Royal Lymingotn Yacht Club, from which Nosher sailed a few times as a teenager
More sunset river scenes
In Yarmouth, Isle of Wight. The place is heaving
Ray (chum from school, centre) plus a couple of his crew
Ray and Sean drink beer
Some of the crew of Ray's boat, 'Confusion'
Later on, getting the water-taxi from Yarmouth to the bed for the night, the yacht 'Drifter', moored out near East Cowes
On the boat, Sean makes use of the nearest bog
More beer. It was a warm, clear night, and Perseid pre-cursor meteors were in the sky. A top night for sleeping on a boat.
Nosher hangs out
7am the following morning
Milling around the harbour
Sean sits in the cockpit of 'Drifter'
Nosher cleans his teeth
Back on the water-taxi heading back to Cowes
Breakfast in the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club. Ray and Jim read the papers
The crew of 'Confusion', a Contessa 32
The sailors embark on a launch out to their mooring
Looking back to the Island Yacht Club
A thousand yachts in the Solent
on the Promenade
The crowds are gathered to watch the racing
Another class of boats on the starting line
A mixture of Squibs and Redwings
The starting-line dude furls a pennant
Behind him another starting-gun goes off
Back on Cowes' High Street
Scoping out some of the boats in the Yacht Haven
After the race, Ray, Malcolm Ford and the crew indulge in some quality burger-van nosh
On the way back to the ferry, a quick detour to Alum Bay. Pictured: the Needles
The famous multi-coloured sands of Alum Bay
Motionless Carousel horses
Wightlink Ferries wanted to charge more than the original ticket price to go earlier, so Nosher had an un-planned extra few hours in Yarmouth, this is the pier
Yarmouth town centre
The slipway outside Yarmouth Yacht Club
Nosher does another self-portrait
On the wall of the car park, a 50s (?) advertisement for 'Charabanc Tours Daily'