Wednesday 29 April 2009
Here he is at 16 days old, kitted out in his new life jacket aboard the yacht club launch on his way up the Hamble River to our yacht Greta.
Completely unfazed by the motion or the new surroundings, he settled into a peaceful sleep until it was time for a feed.
Similarly undisturbed by the trip back to the club, he was the star attraction in the bar.
Sunday 26 April 2009
Wednesday 22 April 2009
What a surprise then to find that she was gone, launched on Monday, presumably in order to attend a 40th anniversary event elsewhere.
Oh well, it's only a short walk back up the hill, to a celebratory lunch of frankfurters, corned beef and baked beans.
Congratulations Sir Robin, you've been an inspiration to many of us for the past 40 years.
Tuesday 21 April 2009
Organised on behalf of the Hamble Sea Scouts, this years Hamble River Raid will take place on Saturday 9th May.
Starting from the hard in Hamble village at around 11.00AM, the boat crews will row a course up river to Bursledon and back. In addition there will be sprint race heats in front of the town quay.
Racing will focus on the Bursledon Gig, a traditional fixed seat rowing boat, a fiberglass version of which had been reintroduced onto the river in the last few years.
Ashore there will be entertainment a beer tent and hog roast. Look forward to seeing you there.
At first glance she looks like a working boat, indeed the bows and forefoot have the look of a Quay Punt. I understand the boat was built in Falmouth in 1909 by a builder of Quay Punts , however the counter stern marks her as a yacht, which was confirmed by the owner.
She's ashore celebrating her 100th year awaiting a new engine (the old one is hidden under the tarp by the rudder). While the engine is out, the bilges will be cleaned and painted.
Please excuse the sepia tint photos, I know it's corny, but seemed somehow appropriate.
Friday 17 April 2009
We were fortunate to be in Cowes mid week enjoying fantastic August weather. Coming down river in the dinghy, we had spotted the newly restored Gypsy Moth alongside at the UK Sailing Association base. Our curiosity was rewarded when we were invited aboard Gypsy Moth and leaned of the race to be held on the following morning.
We got up early and took station outside Cowes in time to see an illustrious fleet out for the start of a remarkable race.
Three famous contemporaries from what many would describe as the golden days of offshore sailing Suhail, Gypsy Moth IV and Lively Lady, met in Cowes roads to race each other.
As a child growing up in the 60's, these yachts were the stuff of legend, as were the intrepid yachtsmen who sailed in them Robin Knox-Johnston, Francis Chichester and Alec Rose. All famous single handed sailors of the day, all sailed the globe alone and all subsequently received knighthoods in honour of their achievements. To see them all together was fantastic.
Suhali and Lively Lady manoeuvre for the start
Tuesday 14 April 2009
I agree with you that the "yawl" term is misused. To my mind a yawl is a yacht with the mizzen mast stepped well aft and the mizzen itself a relatively small percentage of the over all sail area, certainly less than 15%.
Another misused term is "cutter" and today people use the term to describe any boat with a double headsail rig and a bowsprit. That could describe a Friendship sloop, of course. To them I say, go to my web site http://www.tedbrewer.com/ and look at the Blue Jeans. No bowsprit, but she is definitely a cutter because of mast location and the size of the foretriangle in relation to the mainsail.
I would like to correct some errors in your writeup about Bill Luders' Storm. She was 39 feet LOA, not 43 feet. Also, when we put the ketch rig on her we did have a mainsail. She was rated with that dinghy sized main, which we never set, but she was a legitimate ketch.
The CCA rule said that any sail tacked forward of the mast was a headsail. So we put an eye bolt about 6 inches forward of the mast and tacked a working jib from it. The luff of the jib was hoisted by the main halyard and was passed abaft the mast and the spreader, In effect, we set a good sized loose footed "main" sail but were only rated for the 60 sq ft dinghy sail. Actually that sail came off a Frostbite dinghy so was quite a bit smaller than a Laser main.
I will say for Bill that he wrote the CCA rules committee in 1960 to say that these were loopholes that needed to be corrected. They did not believe anyone would be crazy enough to do it, so Bill worked out the idea and I drew it up. The CCA rules committee came out with minimum mainsail sizes the next year. And, another time, Bill came up with a genoa jib with a roach as big as a mainsail, held out by large battens. That was also ruled out the next year.
I worked for Bill and sailed aboard Storm for 6-1/2 great years, 1960-1967, and we won more than our share of silver, no matter what rig Storm wore. She was a great boat and Bill Luders was a great man and a great boss.
I got to know Ted through his book Understanding Boat Design when I was trying to make sense of the "lead" of the sail plan on a cutter I owned a few years ago. His book is a must read for anyone who wants to make sense of how yachts actually work.
Ted is also a contributor to US magazine Good Old Boat providing the sort of designer's insight which is sadly lacking in many UK yachting magazines.
Saturday 11 April 2009
Here's his mum just a few days ago.
We'd both like the give our sincere thanks to everyone at Southampton Labour Ward, they were just brilliant. He finally arrived at tea time on Good Friday.
Sunday 5 April 2009
I needed a hand while stepping the mizzen mast the other day, so walked along the pontoon and asked one of the other boats owners if he would would mind helping out, by holding the mast steady, while I attached the shrouds. The mizzen is only the size of a large dingy mast, but a helping hand makes all the difference.
The owner of this little yellow sloop was happy to help out and as boat owners do, we got chatting. Turns out he is the vicar of the local church St Leonards in Bursledon the delightful building (below) in Bursledon dates back to the 12th century.
Above Hill Head looking east towards Lee on Solent.
Below looking west towards Calshot.