You may have gathered by now that when it comes to our sea training we normally have shocking luck with the weather.
We had high hopes, however, for our June outing. Taking place just a few days before Midsummer’s Day, on the Solent, we were looking forward to some calm seas and blue skies.
It didn’t quite work out that way.
Leaving Hamble Yacht Club, the plan was to work with the tides and row across the top of the Isle of Wight.
The wind however, had other ideas. Immediately we turned in to The Solent we were hit with a Force 6. Ocean rowing boats have many great qualities, but being able to make any progress in to the wind isn’t one of them.
On the Atlantic, the solution is simple: you put out the para anchor, drift a few miles, get some rest and restart when the conditions are more favourable. In The Solent, drifting isn’t really an option, so we battled the wind for a few hours before deciding not to fight nature any more and go with the elements towards Portsmouth. Mooring up overnight, we hoped for better weather the next day.
Sadly, we were to be disappointed once more. The wind was again a Force 6 and we spent eleven hours rowing in pretty much the same spot. There’s a brief video of the weather here – https://www.facebook.com/HeadsTogetherandRow/videos/2061923480713445/
In many ways this doesn’t matter: it’s all training hours after all, but it is a little frustrating.
Fast forward three weeks, and the country is by now in the grip of a heatwave and drought. Once again we’re with the boat, but this time we’re on dry land at Henley Regatta, courtesy of our headline sponsor Henley Business School.
We had a fantastic few days and made some good contacts, but I pretty much guarantee that had we so much as raised an oar in anger, the heavens would have opened, cloudless sky or not.
In fact, if anyone wants to know when the drought will end, just ask us when our next training session is.