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Wainfleet Haven to Saltfleet Haven

Stacey tied up at Wainfleet

I was woken from my slumber on the floor of the Skegness Yacht Club by the murmur of voices followed by the nasal roar of an outboard being briefly tested out of the water. John, Mike and Alex had returned at 5.00 am, as promised, to tow Alloa back into the haven. However, by the [...]

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Ashore for 3 Days in Hunstanton and then Across the Wash

An interlude between one spell of strong winds and another had allowed me to enjoy a pleasant sail from Wells to Hunstanton (see previous post), but the forecast for the next few days was poor – with strong winds and periods of heavy rain. However, Hunstanton Sailing Club had said I could store Stacey next to their clubhouse and [...]

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A day in Wells Next the Sea and then on to Hunstanton…

Approaching Hunstanton

The campsite and caravan park at Wells, with hundreds of mobile homes, wouldn’t have been my first choice for a stop, but as such places go, it wasn’t bad. There were plenty of trees to break up the rows of caravans and the showers and laundry facilities were good. Yet again, there was a strong [...]

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Winterton Ness to Wells – 38 NM and a very long day

Wells Beach

At 5.30 am, after the trials of the evening and night before it was difficult to emerge from the warm cocoon of 2 layers of Merino wool, a fleece, sleeping bag and bivi bag. But as the sun rising over the sea gradually warmed the day I rose from my sandy bed on the beach, [...]

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Northward from Lowestoft, and a Mishap

c/o AW: Departing Lowestoft

I’d arrived in Lowestoft late into Saturday evening feeling very tired after the toughest passage yet, from Shotley. It hadn’t been so much the duration of the sail, less than eight hours, but more the physical and mental demands of steering and balancing the boat in the midst of large following waves and a fresh [...]

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Shotley to Lowestoft with large following seas

Launching at Shotley

  Apologies for the this late post but, very frustratingly, I had to rewrite these words after two careless screen touches on my small Android tablet. The two days at Shotley, staying in Steve’s home had been a welcome rest after five days sailing. The strong winds had moderated slowly and Saturday’s forecast was still [...]

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Brightlingsea to Shotley…

After the Thames Estuary crossing on Tuesday, and with little prospect of the long period of unsettled weather ending, I’d been feeling a bit gloomy about prospects for Wednesday… but after a good night’s sleep at my sister’s home, followed by coffee and marmite on toast, things looked brighter. The wind was forecast to be [...]

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Thames Crossing: 35 miles from Whitstable to Brightlingsea…

WYC, c/o JW

I was sorry to leave Whistable. This North Kent seaside town is a delight and my idea of a proper seaside town with beached, brightly painted beach huts, a great choice of restaurants and pubs, and a fishing boat harbour. Everyone I met at Whitstable Yacht Club was friendly and helpful. Jason from the sailing school found a space in [...]

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Botany Bay to Whitstable

Gavin at Whitstable Yacht Club

I woke up early yesterday, after a very comfortable night, as the first rays of the sun hit the tent. Waves washed softly onto the beach and pigeons, nesting on the chalk cliffs, called to each other. A cup of coffee was the first priority, followed by a swim and wash in the sea. It [...]

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St Margaret’s Bay to Botany Bay

The rain was still pattering on the tent as I awoke Monday morning.  A cup of coffee improved my mood and I set about decamping, breakfasting and making ready to sail.  A party of school children and their teachers watched as I launched at about 9.30.  They were engaged on a history project and took [...]

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Rye to St Margaret’s Bay

Launching at Rye

My stay at Rye Harbour due to strong winds could not have been better.  A great B&B, with great hosts, a chance to spend time with Katherine, walks on the beach and a meal out to celebrate my birthday.  I didn’t want to leave.  Especially as I wouldn’t see Katherine for two weeks. On Sunday, [...]

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Great support: Hastings and Rye…

Trying out the pig rig in the B&B garden at Rye Harbour

The photo shows the Rye Harbour entrance at low tide but winding back to Wednesday evening at Hastings …… Several St Leonards and Hastings Sailing Club members and I manhandled Stacey onto her trolley and we dragged her up the steep beach over the loose shingle. I was feeling tired and bedraggled but relieved to [...]

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Another Strong Wind Warning

The Inshore Waters Forecast for North Foreland to Selsey Bill predicts S or SW Force 5 to 7. Staying at Rye today. Tomorrow’s forecast is no better.

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Past Beachy Head

Approaching Beachy Head

Staying with Jo Richard and Mathew on Tuesday 12th June was a perfect way to rest, recharge my batteries, dry out and prepare for the next legs of my journey East. Their conservatory was turned into a sailing and camping kit drying room for a day and their house became a home from home for [...]

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First steps: Hayling Island to Newhaven…

Today has been a rest day and chance to dry out piles of wet gear.  After two tough days sailing and on Sunday night setting up camp on a beach and packing up in the midst of a torrential downpour which hardly let up for 16 hours I was ready for a bit of R [...]

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Exhilarating downwind sail…

Hayling Island Sailing Club

Exhilarating downwind sail from Cowes to Chichester Harbour today, averaging somewhere between 5 and 6 knots. It was a little too exciting at times so as I passed Bembridge I reefed down to scrap of sail and still made good speed. I timed the entrance to the Chichester Harbour entrance channel to coincide with about [...]

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Crossing to Cowes…

On the 7th June I set out from Netley Sailing Club intending to reach Bembridge. The forecast was southerly: 20 knots with 25 knot gusts. I was keeping a close watch on the conditions. The actual wind direction was more south easterly than southerly, which was not helpful for a passage to Bembridge. I started [...]

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Time to go!

It’s finally arrived! Today I set sail. Only a 6 mile shakedown to Netley SC, combined with a brief visit to the local Agri Energy depo downriver to to say goodbye to colleagues. Richard Lewis has helped loads by doing lots of last minute fitting out things to suit my preference. Like bolting on two [...]

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New paddle and paddle sailing

Edenwood

I’ve recently taken delivery of a new paddle, custom made by Eden Wood to their Chestnut pattern. It’s in maple and the shaft is a very long 40″. I hope by ‘paddle sailing’ in light winds I’ll be able to keep moving at about 3 knots, using the combined power of the sail and the [...]

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Finding time for preparations

GPS Mount

Still stacks to do before I go and it’s hard to find enough time for preparations whilst still working. However, I can make some progress at weekends. Yesterday, I bought some more flares (pyrotechnic not 70s) and a sea anchor, Richard and I wrote out a list of small but important fitting out tasks to [...]

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