Thursday 12 July – Poole

Dominic had work to do so Daniel and I enjoyed a leisurely breakfast sitting in the cockpit admiring the homes on Sandbanks.  We were told that many of them are summer residences only, which is hard to believe.


Sandbanks seen from our mooring in Poole Harbour

We soon took the rib into Poole to drop Daniel off at the train station.  This time we tied up in a much posher marina right on the town quay.   None of us have been to Poole before so it was interesting to meander along the streets in the old town.   It’s been so nice to have Daniel with us but it was time to wave goodbye.  We then did a bit of shopping; chandlery, food shop etc and then gazed at the huge Princess cruisers built in the harbour across the water.  They are massive!

After a very choppy ride back to Idun we did a bit of housekeeping and when turning on the watermaker realised it had blocked again.  This time we were armed with tools to sort it, but Dominic could only get some of the seaweed out.  So we have to be careful with our fresh water for now.   The Harbourmaster came round later and said we couldn’t be on that mooring buoy and advised us who to ring.  We were allocated ‘W09, a yellow buoy in the Wych channel’.  It took us a while to locate it, and when we did we found it had no line or chain.  So we had to back on to it, with me sitting on the swimming platform, rope in hand, stretching out to feed the rope through the buoy’s ringlet –  and all this is 2 knots of tide.  But we did it!  And we were rewarded with the most beautiful sunset over Poole and its water.

Sunset over Poole from the Wych Channel

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