Wednesday 29 September 2010
The Scow is a local boat with fleets at boths end of the Solent sailing from Chichester, Bembride, Yarmouth, Lymington and Keyhaven. Originally timber built the design goes back to the 1920's when a one design was established.
This latest acquisition to our "fleet" was built by Field Aircraft Services of Tollerton, Nottingham during the mid 1950's. Apparently it was their first attempt at boat building, in order to diversify the business which had experience of making fibreglass aircraft components. It was the third off the line, it is believed all 3 went to managers in the company.
Unusually it was marketed as a Scow with a Heron set of sails, rather than the normal lugsail. Clearly there's a quite a bit of work to be done before I get around to replacing the rig.
Sunday 26 September 2010
Friday 24 September 2010
Tuesday 21 September 2010
Saturday 18 September 2010
One of the most interesting places was Ventnor on the south east coast, a very steep sided Victorian resort. Despite the small haven, Ventnor located on the south east of the island isn't really a place you would normally visit by yacht.
Down on the beach in Ventnor, “Blakes” are still renting out deck chairs from their traditional wooden hut built on the promenade.
Joe had decided that playing on the beach was much more fun than driving, not difficult to see why, this gently sloping sand near Bembridge is exposed at low water and made the perfect afternoon play spot.
Bembridgeharbour is also a great spot for Dad to get his boat fix, lots of traditional boats, and the eclectic collection of house boats along the harbour edge. Since it dries, visiting Bembridge by car means no worries about tidal heights or waiting on the tide.
Friday 17 September 2010
The only activity in the dinghy park was the lifeboat crew opening up the station. Hamble is fortunate in having it's own independent lifeboat service set up over 40 years ago.
Below the lifeboat crew sculls out to one of two ribs the voluntary service operates.
Tuesday 14 September 2010
RAF service hasn't been a condition of membership for many years and today the club is a modern and active yacht club, but the club's association with the RAF and those who served in combat is still strong.
Saturday 11 September 2010
I believe she's called Vixen and is a B15 square meter built near Stockholm, designed by Knud Reimers just before WWII. Brought to the Clyde in Scotland, very different from the sheltered waters of the Swedish archipelago for which she was designed.
Vixen was declared a total loss in 1988 when she broke free from her moorings and came to rest on the Crocodile Rock off Millport on the Clyde. Thankfully her owner recovered her and stored her ashore for thirteen years until a new owner was found to carry out the restoration.
At 33 feet LoA (21’8” LWL), a beam of 5’9” and displacing 1.3 tones Vixen is narrow and light. The legendary Uffa Fox, who thought the Skerry type good for offshore crusing, commented on her design in his book Racing, Cruising and Design, saying that the design was “thoroughbred… with easy lines that tell us she would be exceedingly fast in all weathers”.
Thursday 9 September 2010
Saturday 4 September 2010
Here's a sneak preview of the latest "stealth" ship undergoing testing locally, in fact it was so quiet I very nearly walked right past, fiendishly clever and combined with a super low emission power plant.
Thursday 2 September 2010
Although we didn't place well, we did finish, lots of our fellow competitors, including some much larger boats retired. And I think we claimed the prize for the first RAFYC boat to finish.