Tuesday 29 September 2009
He kindly sent me some misty morning pictures taken on his way down the Hamble last week, what a great start to an autumn day out on the water.
Here he is making his way down past Mercury close to my mooring.
Things haven't improved further down river, this looks like the gaff cutter Annabel J close to Hamble village with the sun rising over Bunny Meadows.
A spectacular shot of the training platform, which is part of Southampton University down by the mouth of the river.
Saturday 26 September 2009
Good news if you've been following Dylan Winter's circumnavigation around Britain -"Keep Turning Left" in an elderly Mirror Offshore, he's posted three new video's numbers 40 to 42.
Dylan and the "Sea Slug" are still on the east coast, exploring the muddy Essex rivers and creeks around Brightlingsea, including what he claims as his favourite anchorage Pyfleet Creek.
Now I know that those meandering rivers are a great place to sail, but for someone who's trying to sail all around the UK, Dylan's been stuck on the east coast for quite a while now; getting around the UK could take several years at this rate. I know he claims it to be the slowest circumnavigation of the British Isles, but he might make better progress with one of those motorboats, which he dislikes so much (only kidding Dylan!!).
There are also some great small clips, like the Bolger Spartina and the Orwell Corinthian (which means he must have got as far as the Deben), but my favourite episode is the sailing interview with sail maker James Lawrence on board his West Mersea Winkel Brig -Native.
I also like the Beach Hut boat below, I've been on a few boats that sail like a shed, but this one must take the prize.
Apologies for the corny title, couldn't resist!
Friday 25 September 2009
With the current high pressure, everything is still overnight, in fact the only ripples on the river this morning were caused by the local duck population.
Wednesday 23 September 2009
Her dimensions are 19'2" LOA, 8'3" Beam, 3'6" Draft, with a displacement of 6,500lbs (ballast 1500lbs) Blackjack is offered for sale at $17,500 which makes her good value even at current exchange rates!!
Saturday 19 September 2009
She was owned by the Nicholay family for many years and two generations, and in total she has passed through only six owners in her long life. Wonder underwent some major restorations at the Newport Classic Boat Museum on the Isle of Wight a few years ago.
About five years ago, we were able to lend a hand caulking, painting and pumping out for a few days, as the planking took up, while she was in a local boat yard . Sadly we didn’t get to sail her, as before she was rigged, she was moved to a berth at the Dolphin Quay Boatyard in Emsworth.
Friday 18 September 2009
Unusually the wind was in the east giving us a fast and easy sail, we were soon working our way up this beautiful wooded river to Buckler’s Hard.
One of England's most attractive and unusual villages, Buckler's Hard lies on the banks of the river in the heart of the New Forest and totally preserved, the village is without modern road or street lighting. One can almost imagine that you are back in the 18th century. Historically, it is famed as the place where some of the ships of Nelson's fleet were built and the remains of those activities can still be seen,
Shortly after and back at our mooring, we gave Joe his late night feed, completely unaware of the minor crisis which had so nearly interrupted his routine.
Sunday 13 September 2009
The event started in 1988 and has grown significantly ever since, entries for 2009 were approaching 300. The Bursledon Gigs have four rowers and a cox.
Four of the teams were from the Hamble Sea Scouts in "Exocet" "Schmidt", "Point Source" and "Sea Dart" with the other entries from the Hand Family in "Mistress" and Team Skill in the "Beryl C".
Tuesday 1 September 2009
The first race had only three entries and was the first Old Gaffers Association OGA race. Since then the race has been held annually with increasing numbers.
Sunday saw the 50th anniversary of the race, with a fine turn out mostly from the local Solent OGA. The sky's were low and grey with a stiff breeze blowing from the south west which made for an exciting and fast race.
Running off from the East Knoll buoy the fleet was spreading out on a fast run, despite the strong winds most boats were setting as much sail as they dared.
Back in Bursledon for the prize giving, everyone had enjoyed a thoroughly good race and returned without any major breakages.
Winner of the class 1 was the yawl Iseult which in addition to winning the 50th anniversary race, also celebrates her 100th year.