The annual trip to Southampton Boat Show is always a much anticipated event by our senior rowers.

However, on the day of our visit, the gale force winds in the Solent prevented us from going a rib ride or joining Rockley for dinghy sailing and stand up paddle boarding.

We still managed to tour the Tall Ships challenger and test the hammocks out ready for our voyage next summer. We also went over Lively Lady, the small yacht Sir Alex Rose sailed around the world solo, as well as a 4 masted schooner.

The closest we got to real sailing was the radio controlled model yachts in a pool surrounded by giant fans which was just as exciting as real sailing but not quite as wet!