Friday 12 April 2024

Storm Kathleen

Sunday morning was probably the aftermath of Kathleen but it was still pretty breezy.

 The wind was blowing perpendicular across Southampton Water and even with the relatively short fetch it was kicking up white caps.

Combined with the spring tides the strong winds had pushed the high water height further which was flooding into the car park at Warsash.

Despite the conditions there were a couple of boats out, I only saw this making the approach and entry into the river making good speed with just two stay sails set.


Monday 8 April 2024


Seen in the yacht basin at Courseulles in Normandy, Papageno looks like she might be a Dragon, but I couldn't get close enough to be sure.

Courseulles is a small, tidal port on the Normandy coast which is mainly gently sloping beaches, there's a long history of day boats sailing from the port dating back well before the war.

 Interesting name, Papageno is half man and half bird, loves wine, women and music and is the secret star of Mozart's Magic Flute and also seems to mean bird catcher.

Friday 5 April 2024

Haul Out

 The Flugel, Greg's Memory sloop hauled out at the Pink Ferry marine railway

One of the benefits of a shoal draft centerboard is being able to access facilities which don't have the depth for deep draft boats.

Nice traditional interior.


Monday 1 April 2024

On the hard

What looks like an MFV, perhaps based on a Fife alongside the pier at Wicor in Portsmouth harbour, hopefully awaiting restoration.

 The photo has a washed out colour which seems to suit the scene, i can't claim any intention behind that I just took a quick pic using my phone.

Friday 29 March 2024

Itchen Ferry - Freda intrigue

Itchen Ferry Freda has been featured previously here looking great in a brief spell of winter sunshine.  

There is however some intrigue involving her history, according to local sources she was not originally called Freda, previous name unknown but still a working fishing boat, she was wrecked in the great storm which ravaged the UK in 1987.

At the time she broke her mooring and was washed ashore, suffering damage and so sold out of fishing use to a local yacht broker who effected repairs and put her to use as a leisure yacht.

It's an interesting chapter in a long history which has thankfully she survived and is still with us after all these years and looking good.

Monday 25 March 2024


 Spectacular view of the needles, thanks to one of the intrepid members of Hurst Castle SC who sail all year round.

Friday 22 March 2024


 Perhaps it's because twilight come early during winter and so is more noticeable, but the winter evening skies seem to be the most dramatic.

 Or perhaps as the clocks spring forward to BST at the end of March we're so thank full for the lighter evenings and the approach of spring that we like to forget the passing winter.