Thursday, 21 May 2015

Something for the weekend?

If you're in Devon for the Bank Holiday you could do worse than stop off in Topsham on the eastern shore of the Exe estuary.  The Bridge Inn was always worth a visit, and while it's getting on for 20 years since I've been there, I can't quite imagine it's become a gastro pub, not least as Trip Adviser describes it as "Old inn specialising in regional real ales, plus a menu of classic British dishes such as pork pies."

But I digress, the main attraction is a photography exhibition at "The Cafe" featuring four local photographers, one of whom is an old college friend.

My regular reader may recall we started Uni when the Sex Pistols were topping the charts, and no he doesn't still use a plate glass camera. Indeed he takes some rather fine nautical scenes like the one below.

It's interesting that neither of us do anything very connected to the subject we studied all those years ago. Bonus points if you know  or guess which of the four pictured above it is?

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Some Hamble boats

Early morning mists can make the familiar seem special, I pass by these boats a few times a week on my morning run, but the still water and warm early light seemed to bring out their best side..

I'm still trying to work out what this daysailer is, I think it's a Yngling class but please correct me if you know better.

A local gaffer built in steel, always looks well turned out and ship shape.

Dazzle lives up to her name, perched on her reflection on the still water as the sun rises up over the surrounding trees.

It's great to be out in the early morning, even better to be in the moment

Friday, 15 May 2015

Early Start

I had some early morning conference calls, so set the alarm but it was one of those nights when you are so concious of getting up early you can't sleep. So I took the opportunity to sneak in an early run just as it was getting light.

And what a morning it was, not a breath of wind on the water, colours so rich it was like looking at a Canaletto painting.

Sadly the quality of the camera on my phone doesn't due justice.

I got back to my desk refreshed and ready to deal with the mountain of work. I could have been catching the 6.00AM train to London with all the long faced commuters, as I all too often do.

Sometimes you just have to pause and remind yourself how good life is.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Mind the post

We had a big spring tide recently, so I took the opportunity to update my local knowledge and survey the river adjacent to Hamble River SC.

Note to self, "don't cut inside the post."

Friday, 8 May 2015


Lorenzo B left a comment asking what type of dinghy Joseph was sailing in my Where did April go? post.

The short answer is a Cornish Cormorant, full details over on 1001 Boats.

Lorenzo has a really interesting blog about the John Welsford designed Pathfinder he is building and two earlier Selway Fisher Stornaway's he has built and sails.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Waiting for the tide - Keyhaven in winter

Things have changed a bit since I took these pictures of yachts on their moorings out in Mount Lake, Keyhaven during late January.

A few boats had been left snug and afloat all winter, protected from the prevailing westerly gales by the high shingle bank and the saltings from any easterly weather.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Rowing with Determination

Could  this be the next Steve Redgrave?

He might have to work on his technique, but the passion was certainly there.