Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Early morning run

With the winter solstice fast approaching days are short and despite the early morning run getting rather less early it's still quite dark until well after 7.00AM, especially so being nearly miles further west than normal.

That didn't deter the ladies gig team from getting out on the water early on a cold Saturday  with a chilly easterly blowing down the river.

Further along the almost deserted high street I had to stop by this interesting shop selling old ship's lighting and paraphernalia.

Great run, some steep hills and a fantastic breakfast waiting at Fowey Hall when I got back.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Yawl boat?

There seems to be some debate as to the origin and description of a Yawl, undoubtedly it's a two masted craft, the name of which may or may not have evolved from the Dutch Jol or Scottish Yole.

The position of the mizzen mast astern of the rudder is said to differentiate a yawl from a ketch (also twin masted), but it's hard to see how that might be achieved on a transom hung rudder with no counter.  In US naval speak a yawl boat might refer to a rowing boat that rests in davits at the stern of a ship.

Whatever the description this is one pretty, open boat, about 16 to 18 feet long, given the absence of a boom, it may well be log rigged with a bumpkin or sprit for the mizzen. I'd like to see it under sail.

Seen on a mooring at Keyhaven.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Haul Out

Friend Greg's new gaffer being hauled out at Netley Cliff Sailing club for final fit out. She made her way from the Elephant boatyard under her own power.

Looking really good.

Friday, 25 November 2016

Summer sailing

All those days spent sailing Opti's have clearly paid off.  I like to think there's a look of confidence and intent in that young helmsman as he navigated down the Hamble.

Our friend Bruce, who kindly took us sailing was keeping a hand on the wheel, just in case.

Was a great day out.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016


The day started cold, clear and frosty, but by the time we'd assembled down at the slipway the clouds were moving in low and menacing.

There was a lot of fun to be had picking up and breaking the sheets of ice which had formed on the trapped water in so many of the dinghy covers even if it did result in cold fingers.

Eventually the small fleet got underway, there wasn't a lot of wind in the river and they returned a couple of hours later very cold and ready for a warn shower.

Meanwhile Dad was off crewing on a Dart 16, it seemed like a good idea until the hailstones started with the 5 minute gun. The squall which had brought the hail, rain and wind, passed through at the end of the first lap, leaving the frozen crew wallowing around. We carried on and finished the three circuits of the long course just as the second race was starting and decided enough was enough.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Batman and Friends

We've been trying to get along to Comic Con for a while, so leaving storm Angus behind us we headed up to the NEC near Birmingham on a dark and dreary Sunday to mix with the superheros and villains.

First up the Dark Knight and junior Dark Knight looking suitably menacing and ready to clean up Gotham.

Now that Batman's met Superman, what next? Could there be a Marvel/DC alliance in the making?

Oh oh, we thought for a moment Batman was going to be marched off to the prison cell next to Princess Laya, but these Storm troopers were on on their break and very friendly.

Something of a family photo, Batman, Bat girl and Bat boy.

Posing with not one but three arch enemy Harlequin's - possibly Dad's favourite picture.

Actually this is my favourite Joseph and big brother Duncan, The latter sporting his "Movember" moustache, around his office they's collectively raised over £600 which is good going. Great to see my two boys out having fun together.

Friday, 18 November 2016

Reverse sheer

 Much has been written about the pro's and more so the con's of reverse sheer, which aesthetically can be difficult. This small cruiser to my mind at least is one of the better examples.

She has some similarities to Laurent Giles Sporanino (Barchetta design), but is smooth hulled rather than clinker built and with a larger and higher cabin.