C.P Hart Boating Day: Isle of Wight
Posted on 20 June 2017
Being terrified of boats, something that I never imagined doing was to go on a boating day around the Isle of Wight. After being invited by the wonderful team at C.P Hart, I thought I would face my fear head on in the most glamorous way possible, on a beautiful speed boat with an amazing group of people to share the experience with. Not one to follow general event guidelines and thankfully so, C.P Hart set out to create an amazing experience and I can safely say that it is one that I will never forget.
Leaving the city, the day started with the trip down to the picturesque countryside of Hamble where we made our way to Port Hamble Marina to meet with the rest of the team. Split into two groups, I was thrilled to discover that I was on the bigger boat (hoping that it would not bounce around too much) and that it was very beautiful indeed. After meeting with the people that I could potentially be sharing this traumatic experience with, and seeing the calmness of the water, I was actually looking forward to getting out there, seeing the sights and soaking up a bit of the sun. With camera in hand and safety demonstration completed, it was time to make our way out of the marina, towards the Isle of Wight.
As we made our way to the island, it felt as if we were off the coast of Spain with the sun shining down and calm blue waters seen out across the horizon. Traveling to the western tip of the island, we traveled down the Solent, past Hamstead Heritage Coast, Fort Albert and into Colwell Bay where, in the distance, we could see the faint outline of the iconic Needles.
Dropping anchor in the bay, a dingy arrived to take us to land where we would spend the next part of the day enjoying the delicious seafood on offer in one of the bay's restaurants. Sitting at the table and taking in the view, I couldn't have been further away from my usual life even if I tried. The team could not have picked a better day, location and group.
One of the most exciting parts of the trip for me was to visit the Needles, an unusual set of jagged rocks that stand tall out of the sea on the island's western tip. At the very end stands a red and white stripe lighthouse, a landmark for the country that has stood the test of time, battling all the elements since 1859. To be able to see them so close and capture so many images of this beautiful part of the coastline has been on the top of my list for a very long time.
After our trip to the Needles, it was time to make our journey back to the mainland at full speed before some parted ways and the others made their way to the Ageas Bowl for an evening of dining and drinks.
I really cannot say how thankful I am for this fantastic opportunity. It pushed me out of my comfort zone quite considerably and has given me a huge appreciation for an area that I could never imagine myself experiencing. Thank you so much to C.P Hart and their sponsors Fitzroy of London and Gessi. It was wonderful to get to know the team and find out more about their areas of expertise.