A few hundred masts
Rocking at their moorings.
Yes -- a ship in a harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are built for, as that TV ad declares. And all these boats seem to know it -- you can almost hear their longing sighs for wind, spray and ocean wave as they rock at their moorings. I have never seen so many boats gathered in the one place. Later that day, we are shown through the village of Hamble by Sue's brother, Martin. The marinas there in total house 5,000 sailing boats! Whoa! You look through what is a virtual forest of white masts, like acres of silver birches. Hamble has an extraordinarily old and active maritime history, dating back to the 1300s. In more recent times it manufactured Britain's World War II seaplanes for example. It is perhaps this history that bestows on the place such a sense of adventure, that lends the boats even greater character, and that causes them to rock more assertively at their moorings.