Blasted down to the epoxy …

After doing three-quarters of the blasting, the yard moved off to do another boat. Eventually, after a couple of repairs to the nozzle of the machine, they moved back to Charmary and finished her off, so, she is now all stripped (down to the gel coat in places) and ready …

Blasted out of the water

It’s that time of year again and the days are drawing in – time for the boat to come out of the water. The mast came down some weeks ago and over the winter the rigging will be re-done – a 10 year update. She came out of the water …

Sweet Caroline ….

Levington to Tollesbury via Radio Caroline. 27.6 miles in six and a half hours. We woke up to a lovely morning, with a gentle north easterly and clear skies. Having motored down to around the Landguard cardinal we hoisted full sail and headed on a gentle broad reach just keeping …

Terning up at Levington

Tollesbury to Levington. 28.2 miles in 6 hours. Though the weather was a little cloudy and visibility a bit murky, there was a good breeze forecast. We left the marina at 13.10 and managed to get sail up as soon we got to the Nass and I left in the …

Back to the Blackwater

Limehouse to Tollesbury – 69.2 miles in 11 hours 55 minutes A return trip today from Limehouse back to Tollesbury. Richard came up to London Thursday evening to help me back and Anne left early morning to drive home. Once Anne had left, we locked out at 6.15am and by …

Shooting past Southend to London

Pyefleet to Limehouse – 67.8 miles in 10 hours 55 minutes An early 4am start today. we weighed anchor from Pyefleet and after a short (and quick) motor out to the Bar buoy set sail. the sails then stayed up for the next 7 hours or so. With a fantastic …

Pyefleet via Clacton

Tollesbury to Pyefleet via Clacton – 22.4 miles in 4 hours 15 minutes The plan for this weekend is to head up to London, but with early afternoon tides, it is tricky to do it in one trip straight out of the marina. So, after a leisurely lunch on board …

Tiptoeing to Tollesbury

West Mersea to Tollesbury – 2.3 miles That’s it – the last leg. Given the cooling water problem with the engine, we crept back in two stages. First from the buoy in Mersea to a Tollesbury waiting buoy. Then, once the engine had cooled again and the tide made sufficiently …

Looping round to Lowestoft

Newcastle to Lowestoft – 222.4 miles in 35 hours and 35 minutes A long passage this one as there were not many possible places to break the trip, so we decided to go for it in one hit. We started 4am from Royal Quays and then arrived in Lowestoft just …