Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow

My contribution to this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge; Foreshadow, could better be named ‘Aftershadow’

On our Maiden voyage of our new boat Lady C, our voyage was to bring her from one side of Langstone Bridge to the other….. the long way.

The bridge is too low for us to navigate without de-masting, so we decided to race the tide around Hayling Island and try to get all the way around before we ran out of water.  We knew the journey would take us three or four hours, so we needed to leave as soon as there was enough water on the Langstone Harbour side and get to the mooring on the other side in Chichester Harbour before the tide had gone out too far.  On our last boat Egeria we would have managed no problem as her engine was more powerful, but with a new boat, fighting the tide almost the whole way, we were worried we might not make it.  We did have the option of spending the day in Northney Marina if we were too late, but we preferred making it to our mooring in time if we could

The evening before our trip everything looked good

All looks well

All looks well

Red Sky at Night....

Red Sky at Night….

There was no hint in the skies of anything to prevent our journey, or anything to foreshadow what we were to wake up to the following morning!

We set our alarms for 5.30am so we would be on the boat and ready to set sail the minute there was enough water!  Little did we expect…….

We woke to a thick fog

Not to be able to see the boat!

We waited several hours, and then, being intrepid adventurers, we decided that since time and tide wait for no man, we would set off into the unknown…. helped only by our GPS!

Click on any of the thumbnails of our voyage to see the photos full size;

We made it round in one piece, to tell the tale….. but it is very unnerving to be on a boat and to have no idea where you are.  Without a GPS it would be easy to completely lose your sense of direction!

About Barbara

Born in Dublin, living in London with Peter, my two daughters, Wilson our Spaniel & Woordow our Malshih (Shih Tzu-Maltese cross)
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9 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow

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  3. Lily Mugford says:

    Beautifully told and illustrated story of your voyage… I felt I was on board with you… I love sailing.


  4. Grannymar says:

    P1020603 looks like a water colour painting! Great photos, I could feel and smell that mist.


    • Barbara says:

      I’ll have to go have another look at that one. The mist was beautiful, just a little scary when you are engulfed in it! I can’t smell anything at the moment so can’t tell you what it smelt like!


  5. Glad your home safe and sound.


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