By ArcLight

The flying windsurfer

I'm permitting myself an early blip today, having only just got round to putting yesterday's up. AW and I have already had a busy day, and we've still got an evening to look forward to. We were amongst the first in the breakfast room this morning, and then straight afterwards we were into the car heading for Keyhaven. We left the car there, and walked out to Hurst Castle along the spit. Great fun - if windy. We were a bit windblasted by the time we got there. Although the castle was open (weekends only in the winter), we preferred to wander around and peer at the views of the Isle of Wight and the Needles, and take pictures of the lighthouse. We also ascertained that the Keyhaven Ferry was working (also weekends only), so we waited for the next trip back and enjoyed the ride in splendid isolation. It cannot possibly be a money making enterprise in the winter.

Anyway, I got this amazing picture of the windsurfer whipping past us as we headed into the harbour. It was a lucky capture. With his board lifted off the water, and the only contact provided by the keel, he was moving incredibly quickly through a narrow gap between the ferry and the stationary boats (and the rig was making a sizzling sound in the wind). It reminded me of a previous lucky capture (of a kite surfer).

Back in the car, we headed to Lymington, parked up and had a warming cup of tea in the Ship. We wandered along the High Street viewing the market and the various little shops. My wallet had a lucky escape. They're opening a Seasalt shop there as well, and what if it had been the opening weekend again with money off.... That would have been dangerous. I could easily have repeated the experience. We had an excellent light lunch at a cafe just off the main drag and then headed back to the hotel for a quiet afternoon before meeting for drinks and dinner again soon.

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