I left lifejackets as an individual choice and the way the tide runs under the Warsach pontoon I would not do that again.
I must thank Tom and Nigel for getting the two Galleys safely away by moving them back off the pontoon into the calm waters of the shallow slipway and getting underway just as we do from our beach. Much better than our struggle against a strong cross tide on the pontoon. Lesson learned.
Having four crews that is twenty people took all the stress out of lifting onto the double.
Look at the map before you set off, the scenic route is not always the best with a trailer.
Seriously having a pontoon seemed so special but the beach start was the way to go.
I know you have thought carefully about your post and you are right that there's always lessons to learn to make it better next time. Thanks for organising the whole day for us to enjoy.
From my perspective, it was a perfect day & I loved every minute. It was great to see & meet so many cutters who worked together to make it such a lovely row.
Thanks to Phil, Tom & Nigel who did a fabulous job.towing the boats.
Thank you all
Having had the problem getting away from the jetty on previous occasions and especially this time(!) can I make the suggestion that we always beach launch on these rows up the Hamble. Apart from the safety issues it risks damage to the boats and oars. Taking Lady and Sally back to the beach made for a much more managed and safer departure.
"Cox's Corner" at langstonecutters.com has a lot of stuff but I suspect many people don't know it is there because Google's horrible redesign eliminated the "tabs" at the top of the home page. I will add a section on the Hamble and everyone is urged to contribute their knowledge.