Friday, July 29, 2011

No wind!

Southampton Water became a huge, smooth lake...


Not surprising, really:

These guys didn't care though...they were having great fun hurling their hovercraft around and along the low water mark on the Itchen (click on images to view large).

The SS Shieldhall - the largest steamship still working in Europe  - is kept going by a dedicated preservation society, but it's a constant struggle to maintain her.

Conditions:  Dead calm, overcast
Sea state: None!
Distance covered (GPS over ground): 12.3 NM before we gave up!
Total distance covered to date (2011): 12.3 NM
Engine hours: 4.1 (total for 2011: 4.1 hours)