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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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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)

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'

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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)