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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

Andrew in the beer garden of the Grinning Rat, Ipswich

Lymington Quay and river, with the RLYC on the right

Looking up the river

Swans float about

It's holiday season on Quay Street

Quay Hill, Lymington

Jignesh and Hamish hang around, post barbeque

Bruce climbs all over the sofa

Sunset on the river at Lymington

Heading out of the river on the Lymo Ferry

The sun goes down over the Solent

Cowes, on the Isle of Wight, is heaving

Revellers are out on the street

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

Ray and Sean

Ray and Crew, with Sean on the right

Striding around Cowes

Nosher and Sean get the river taxi out to the moorings

Sean uses the nearest, er, facility

Sean kicks back on the yacht Drifter

Nosher

The next morning at around 7am

A view up the pontoon

Sean roams around

Sean in the cockpit of Drifter

It's time to brush teeth

Back on the river taxi

Sean looks out

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

The crew discusses the day's racing

Heading out of the RCYC

Starting guns are prepared for the day

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

Looking back at the Island Sailing Club

Some other crew gets ready

A million boats on the Solent

The crowds build up

Some racing occurs

People line the waterfront

Smoke from a starting gun drifts over the water

A mixture of Squibs and Redwings

Pennants are unfurled

Another starting-gun moment

Meanwhile, a band performs

Queen's Road in Cowes

Some sort of mini carnival passes by

More carnival costumes

The Fountain, on High Street

More High Street action

Down at the Yacht Haven

Ray chats to Malcolm Ford, ex Brock College

The post-race hangout

Nosher visits The Needles on the way back

The famous multi-coloured sands of Alum Bay

A pontoon, and the Needles light house

The Moonscape of Alum Bay

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

The long pier at Yarmouth, Isle of Wight

Fishermen do their thing

There's a nice car in the car park

Looking up Market Square

The slipway outside Yarmouth Yacht Club

A selfie, by Yarmouth Yacht Club

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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