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A Simple Over-Nighter

A holiday family trip on a Rival 34
Posted: 23 Dec 2008 - By: Jim & Stephanie Heynderickx
Hi, All

We've owned Southern Rival, a 34, since earlier this year, and we just joined the owners association. 39;s a trip report from just last weekend.

We just got back from a short, unplanned holiday cruise. It was a simple over-nighter to the Isle of Wight, a holiday dinner at the Folly Inn, a hike to Newport, and then an easy sail back to Gosport for a night train back to London.

The highlights were 28 knots of wind on the nose crossing to the island, with a 2 knot counter current. The dinner at the Folly Inn, however, was superb. Hot cocoa, pints of island ale (Goddards), lasagna, gammon, beef and veg crew pot, and then a delectable dessert. All this beside an open fire as the kids played snooker for the first time. Not bad for the shortest day of the year.

The next morning (this morning) we hiked to Newport, two miles south down the river, for the first time. Wonderful waterfront. We had a quick coffee at the Bargeman's Rest before rushing back to have enough light to sail back to Gosport.

The trip back was refreshingly uneventful. We had lunch enroute, sailed about half the way, and then lost all wind for the final run in. Put the boat to bed and then enjoyed the holiday lights of Portsmouth as we crossed on the Gosport ferry.

A full gallery of the trip is here:
Holiday Cruise 2008

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A short video from the trip is here:

Holiday Sail 2008

As you might guess, we like our Rival quite a bit, and we're out as often as possible. 33;


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