Everyone knows that the third one in the trilogy is always the worst. Whether it's The Godfather, Back to the Future or Big Momma's House 3 (Like Father, Like Son).
And so we assumed that the third part of our search for the perfect Isle of Wight sunset would be a poor relation to parts 1 (Thorness Bay) and part 2 (Compton).
We'd attempted to see sunsets at Gurnard several times, but it had never quite reached the heights I was aiming for.
Finally, we got it right on a late summer's evening. We wandered up and down the Esplanade and then round to the little hidden beach in Gurnard, behind the Sailing Club. We call this Robert's Bay, but I'm not sure if there's an official name.
Beach hut owners chortled heartily as they got gradually tipsier as the sun dropped in the sky.
Was it better than the sunsets at Thorness Bay or Compton Bay? Well, Gurnard has the definite advantage of creating romantic silhouettes thanks to sailors, kayakers and other people larking around on the Solent. You don't really get that at the other two beaches.
But if I'm being particularly nerdy about this, I'd say that Thorness Bay produced the most stunning red sky, whilst Compton had a fuzzy evening haze which I've not seen elsewhere.
Anyway, I'll soon be launching a premium vote line so that you can text in your vote before the drawn out announcement on Christmas Day on ITV2. Votes will be charged at £20 plus your usual network charge...
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