Thursday, 22 August 2013
Day 105 (18/8/13) Hamble to Chichester Marina (31/1933nm)
Depart 1345, Arrive 2010.
Wind SW F4 Sailed. Sunny and warm.
Day 106 (19/8/13) Chichester Marina
Took a bus to Bracklesham to see the EA’s £20million Medmerry Managed Realignment scheme. The EA are making a hole in the 400 year old shingle ridge to flood 800ha of SSSI grazing marsh. This is part of the Government’s plan to realign (abandon) 500Km of rural sea defences by 2030. My guess is that a very large part of the remaining shingle ridge will end up inside the MR site blocking all the sluices. One to watch I suspect. Excellent curry in the marina Spinnaker Indian.
Day 107 (20/8/13) Chichester to Sparkes Marina (Hayling Island) (6/1939nm)
Depart 1200. Arrive 1400.
Wind SW F3. Motored. Sunny and warm.
Sparkes is a fine marina with an excellent bar and restaurant. Went to see the EA funded £5million sea defence scheme designed by the East Solent Coastal Partnership. Met the Partnership Project Manager Marc Bryan. The scheme was designed entirely in house (no consultant or EA design input). Four new rock groynes and a 1km rock revetment. 67,000 tonnes of Norwegian Rock at £37/tonne delivered - an impressive sight. Superb locally caught Gilthead Bream in the Piranha Bar followed by a very good band later in the evening.
Day 108 (21/8/13) Hayling Island to Littlehampton (21/1960nm)
Depart 0700, Arrive 1100.
Wind S F2. Sunny and warm (millpond sea) . Motored.
Met Caroline (sister) and Mike. Lunch at the Good Beer Guide listed pub brewery Gribble Inn at Oving. Barbecue in the evening of tender Sussex Lamb. Alternator has stopped charging. Ordered a replacement set of alternator power diodes from the USA. Luckily the marinas on my way back all have shore power to charge the batteries.