The beginning of August is one of the last events of the English summer season, the Goodwood Festival meeting - Glorious Goodwood, so we donned our best summer threads and headed off with Mark and Helen.
Lord March hasn't been impressed with the standard of dress and behaviour and, to be honest, neither were we. By and large most people made the effort, but there were too many charabanc-loads of lads and lasses out to drink as much as they could without too much interest in it being a race meeting. It's also a victim of its own success in that it's practically impossible to circulate from parade ring to bookies, to the course and to the bars, simply due to the number of people.
Next year we'll be taking the panama hat and linen suit into the Richmond enclosure for either the July or August bank holiday meeting. Fewer people and fewer drunks.
Perhaps I'd have been less jaundiced about the day if I'd actually backed some horses that could manage more than a gentle trot around the course!
Anyway, we had a very pleasant meal at the Cider House restaurant in Apuldram, and on Sunday we took the advice of a very nice couple who we met in Yarmouth in July and took Moonshine up to Thorney Channel, where we grabbed a vacant buoy and had a very pleasant picnic in the harbour in a wonderful, peaceful spot.
On the way back to the main Chichester channel, in another little coincidence, we passed by the couple in their boat "Arrival", just coming back in to their mooring.