Back to Cowes

We were going to stay in Bembridge another day, but because I’m on a drying mooring now in Southampton, I have to time my return to coincide with high water. So rather than make a made rush on Monday, I decided to break the trip in two and stop in Cowes, on the Isle of Wight.

One last tender ride with Alex, this time up stream, and then back to Yaga.

We slipped lines at 1130 ands as we passed all the rafted yachts, kept being asked how much we draw. I think everyone was concerned that we were leaving too early and wouldn’t make it out. But we had no issues and one has to trust the information one has to hand, needless to say, the rafted fleet, started following us out.

We sailed towards the forts and then westwards towards Cowes, again in glorious sunshine.

Alex at the helm
One of the forts, now turned into a hotel and restaurant
A great discovery in East Cowes – “Prego” a fantastic Italian restaurant with great service and better food. The Risotto was to die for.
Alex on Yaga in East Cowes marina
What, Spaghetti again. Something he obviously doesn’t get in Poland ☹️

Playing on the beach in West Cowes overlook Southampton Water

Pirate Alex at the Island Sailing Club

After a visit to the beach we visited Island Sailing Club for a quick drink and spectacular views of Cowes, the Solent and Portsmouth in the distance.

Back to Southampton

All good thing come to an end and we had to set sail back to Southampton. After a leisurely start we prepared Yaga for the short hop across the Solent and back to Southampton. We slipped lines at 1020 and Nick reversed Yaga out of her berth in the most professional of manoeuvres, must be the benefits of having such a good instructor ?⛵️.

Sail went up immediatelly and we sailed slowly, but surely out of East Cowes marina an up the river Medina, only putting the engine on to cross the chain ferry.

The sail back was fantastic and the latter part was complted under sail alone and all the way to our berth at Quay Side.

After putting Yaga to bed, we completed our four day adventure with a fantastic meal at Banana Wharf.

What a fantastic four days, with the best of friends and a truely wonderful son.

A fantastic final meal at Banana Wharf after the most four days sailing in the Solent with great friends and a beautiful growing Son.

Sailing to Beaulieu

An early morning start, leaving at 0630, to get to Yaga for a timed departure, on a rising tide and our sail to our first port of call, Beaulieu.

We are joined by our neighbours, Kate and Nick, for a four day extravaganza encompassing Beaulieu, Bembridge, Cowes and finally Southampton.

We slipped lines at 1035 and motored into Southampton Water and after a combination of motor sailing and sailing, and then event entered the beautiful Beaulieu River and made our way upstream to Bucklers Hard and our berth for the night.

After mooring up an a light salad lunch, we made our way on foot to the village of Beaulieu, some two miles upstream.

It’s that way Daddy
Does this help with the sail-trim Daddy
Wonderful views on the walk to Beaulieu village

After enjoying the sights of Beaulieu village, we headed back to Bucklers Hard and our evening meal in the Master Builders’s pub and gardens. Again, followed by football and almost loss of said ball, but this time rescued by Nick.

The view from the Master Builder

Moonrise over Bucklers Hard

A Journey’s End

Each journey must come to and end and this one has drawn to a close. Although are final destination was meant to be Cagliari, due to other commitments and unsettled weather we complete our journey in Palermo. Massimo will continue the journey to Cagliari when weather permits. Even so, we did well on our voyage which started on the 31st of March and ended with our arrival in Palermo on the 8th of April.

A wonderful experience of sailing, visiting new places, culinary delights and above all friendship. Another set of memories stored and never to be forgotten adding to the wealth of ones I already have. Thank you to all the crew and Capitano Massimo, who made it possible and a really relaxed and safe passage.


Capitano Massimo
First Mate Marta
Our Chef Stefano
Instructor Ricardo
The Real Boss Arba

8 days of sailing and 521 nautical miles, here is a brief synopsis of our trip and places visited

31st of March – Start of voyage from Vieste

2nd of April – First port of call to stretch legs and refuel – Santa Maria de Leuca

3rd of April – Milazzo

4th of April – Vulcano

5th April – Lipari

7th April – Salina

7th April – Filicudi

8th April – Palermo


Waking up in Palermo in a lovely marina, ” Si. Ti. Mar Palermo@, only €45 per night for a 46 footer. We walked into town for breakfast, which soon became a walk through the most delightful parts of Palermo including the Cathedral, Churches, Monuments and parks.

We visited , Ballaro market where we bought all our ingredients for spaghetti vongole, which we will have this evening. We stopped in a basic eatery for lunch of seafoods, squids, sardines, anchovies and all the trimmings. All at local prices, but 5 star quality.

I have certainly seem Palermo in a very different light to when I first visited a year ago. Such a vibrant city, full of life and culture and energy. Wonderful and certainly worth a visit for a few days.

Here are some photos and video of our experience

And onto Palermo

We left our Jetty at 0530 as planned and weighed anchor only to find a rock being pulled with it. It was the six we of a football, when we tried to remove it it sparkled with phosphorescent lights from creatures that were attached to it. As it was still dark we could see their glow very clearly. Rock dislodged we stowed the anchor and motored out of the bay and into open water and a wonderful dawn and a new day.

We engined, motor sailed and sailed toward Palermo, a 65 mile journey that we must do today to miss bad weather and catch flights.

As we approached we saw huge rain squalls over Palermo, fortunately we missed them, being a few miles out. As we arrived at this busy port, the sun was shining and large cruise ship was leaving through the entrance.

Rain Squalls over Palermo

Cruise ship leaving as we were entering the Port of Palermo

Our new home for three nights

Lunch with Uncle Warren

After arriving in the U.K. Alex and I went through the usual rituals of catching up on the usual and normal things in life, that unfortunately he doesn’t get in Poland. That being cycling, swimming and badminton. I must say that he’s a champion fighter at badminton and won all the matches. No photos as I’m embarrassed with my defeat.

We then planned a trip to Lymington, to see Uncle Warren, and help put back his repaired sail cover onto Honolee.

Uncle Warren looking pensively at the grilled sardines. Notice the beers already been consumed.
Uncle Warren looking pensively at the grilled sardines. Notice the beers already been consumed.

Lunch was provided by Uncle Warren in a fantastic restaurant at Brockenhurst station, “Enzee Ristorante”. Then a quick trip to Yaga, on her new mooring of Quay Side marina on the River Itchin, to tidy up for our Easter adventure.

Spaghetti and artic bread – What else ?


After a wonderful day and night at Bucklers Hards Alex had his customary three “Minute Steak” breakfast and we prepared Yaga for our journey to Bembridge. We slipped lines at 0925 and set sails immediately.

Sunrise over Bucklers Hard

It was delightful sailing out of Bucklers Hard under Gods own power and sailing upstream along the Beaulieu River and into the Solent.

A pleasant sail in glorious sunshine passing Cowes, Osbourne Bay, Osbourne House, Wooten Creek, Ryde and Portsmouth and then a leisurely entry through the winding buoys and into Duvers marina and onto a finger pontoon, mooring up at 1345. The marina was absolutely full, with yachts rafting 5 to 6 in places.

We had the foresight to book “Baywatch on the Beach” for 1815, but prior to that we took the tender out for a potter to the east side of the entrance and Alex had fun digging in tunnels and playing in the sand and all this in amazing sunshine and 26 degree temperatures.