A brief weather window, so, wind against tide, we popped out of the Solent by the Needles at 9.5 knots, crashing into the waves.
Strange things happen at sea, a helicopter buzzed us at about midnight, then went away, then fired what looked like machine gun tracer - not at us, but still a surprise. We had seen a military convoy at the small boat gate off Selsey Bill on the way from Brighton to Gosport. We have never seen another vessel there, but this time it was blocked (briefly) by seven landing craft.
Now sitting out a couple of weather fronts at Weymouth.