Padstow to Milford Haven – 70 nautical miles to go and most of it out of sight of land. We departed padstow in the early hours of 24th May in order to have favourable tides at each end of the day, besides, Padstow harbour is behind a lock gate with limited opening hours. On leaving we had an awkward few minutes trying to keep clear of the dredger in the channel with its blazing floodlights […]
We left the marina berth at 10:30 on 18th May to round the Lizard and enter our last South Coast bay. Penzance was going to be full of boats so our destination was Newlyn. We made it into harbour among all the fishing boats in the afternoon at 17:00 having had a fairly lively ride around The Lizard, but otherwise a calm passage. Great fish and chips in town for tea. We took a […]
We were getting into good cruising territory after having crossed Lyme Bay – there are short hops between pretty destinations, but still we saw very few boats at sea. We reached Dartmouth having set off only 2 1/2 hours earlier from Brixham. We were in a marina berth for the first time this trip because there wasn’t a lot of choice of moorings to be found up here without a lot of […]
There is a very strong tidal race through the Needles channel at times so we left Lymington in the dark to take advantage of it on our departure. There was not a breath of wind and as you can see from the pictures it was completely calm, so we shot through the channels at 8 knots, there were a few whirlpools but no sign of overfalls on the Shingles Bank. The wind did pipe […]
Having crossed London with this little lot and having had to move along 3 coaches whilst on the move on a crowded Southern Rail train (which turned out to have to separate later into two portions), we arrived back on the boat ready to set sail on the 4th May. The bags held personal gear, a selection of our South Coast and Irish sea charts including some belonging to Phil Ham and most […]
We Purchased Sandpiper back in November 2017 and fortunately the previous owner, Geoff, had paid for its berthing on the hard at Eastney with Eastney Cruising Association ( ECA ) ECA have a huge membership compared to ours and on Summer weekends they have problems parking all the sailing members’ cars on their available space, so their larger boats need to be cleared from the yard prior to car parking spaces being marked […]
The pirate/viking do was a complete success this year. Good turnout, I wondered on Fri night whether it would be cancelled, the weather was for wind and rain at 2pm Loads of boats left in a bit of breeze and I took a bit of water in a rough patch on the corner, well we were 5 up in my dinghy. Uneventful up to the pub where we met Shirley who drove round and parked […]
Roger sailed past on 2nd may 2017 and saw it had been restored to its former glory, great to see it again as though nothing had happened.
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On I miserable February day I took the car round to see how it was going and was pleased to see that about 10′ of the stonework had been rebuilt. The stones which remain on the shore all have white paint on them and are the more complex pieces of the Jigsaw. The contractors have a rough terrain truck for a brew room with floodlights – rather them working out there in the […]