Round the Isle of Sheppey
The 7th September is a bit far off...but is anyone planning to do the Round Sheppey race? I've always fancied it.
Andy Hay - Business as Usual
I would think that a self-draining hull might be an advantage to capsize under the road bridge .... good luck, Mags!
Nah, just use the river sailor technique of getting to the edge of the water and tipping the boat up with the flaps open to get the water out and off you go.
I've done it several times in 3529. It can make for an interesting days sailing, dodging ore carriers in the narrow sections of the Swale near the bridge or the huge car carriers out by Sheerness.
Having done the race many times, would add one other note, if you have a lifting rudder, make it your preferred option as you can scoot across the flats off Leysdown passing through Ham Gatt (Shell Ness)at half tide. Will save you potentially about 0.8 n.m.
I've done the event twice (in 3644 in 2011 and 3682 in 2012). Yes, the bridge is a problem, but we were really lucky last year as we capsized the boat about 10 yards from the bridge and the tide carried us through nicely. The boat comes up full of water of course and it isn't that easy to plane it out unless the wind direction is favourable at that precise point (e.g. between East and South).