Friday crew, from left: Mark Williams, Iain Price, David Atkinson, Steve Collins (Skipper), Laurence Cox (Acting First Mate)
Seven Watchkeepers participated in this year’s cruises on Rosebud, watchkeeper Steve Collins’ sailing yacht, on Friday 17th and Saturday the 18th May. The weather was not great for the Friday cruise, although we did manage a lively sail down the North Channel and across the Solent to Osborne Bay. However, we had to motor all the way back in zero winds and what can only be described as ‘mizzle’.
The weather was better on the Saturday, with some sunshine, but light winds and a complete calm for lunch at anchor in Osborne. It looked like might have to motor back again, but a westerly sea breeze set in and we even had to put a reef in the mainsail.
Saturday Crew, from left: Richard Skinner, Sandra Rose, Julia Smith, Steve Collins (Skipper), KC, Kathy Collins (First Mate, behind the camera)
On the way back, First Mate, Kathy Collins (the only non-watchkeeper on board) spotted a yacht aground on the Bramble Bank. We switched to Channel 16 to find a pan-pan in full progress.
The crew looked nervously at the Skipper as we were on course to pass only two cables east of the Bramble tide gauge, but the Skipper’s confidence in his tidal calculations proved to be well founded and the minimum depth recorded was 2.4 metres, giving 0.6 metre clearance above Rosebud’s draught of 1.8 metres.
All watchkeepers reported that they enjoyed the cruises, and that seeing the buoys close up and at sea level was a great way of supplementing and developing their chart work training. Steve Collins
Dave Atkinson comments: “It was a great day out and certainly gave me a different view of the buoys. Very helpful in remembering their names. Thanks again to Steve.”