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Spot Messenger Activated!

This afternoon I activated my Spot Messenger which is a combined satellite tracking device and SOS messenger (via satellites). This evening I took it for a run in the park. You should be able to see a small part of my track by going to Share.FindMeSpot.Com I’ll take it with me on the big voyage [...]

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Boom Tent

Boom Tent

Boom Tent, a photo by Canoe Sailor on Flickr. This custom made boom tent from Solway Dory should give me more options for camping when the shore is inhospitable or privately owned. Stacey’s side decks follow the crown of the foredeck and slope outwards. I’m hoping any rain which blows under the tent will drain [...]

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Saying goodbye to Astrid…

Astrid in the Solent

Saying goodbye to Astrid tomorrow.  Ian, her new owner, and his son will be sailing her from Netley Sailing Club to Ashlett Creek, on the other side of Southampton Water, to meet up with other Dinghy Cruising Association members and camp overnight. Here’s a photo of Astrid and I sailing across the Solent in February [...]

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Gavin and Stacey’s First Sail

Gavin and Stacey’s First Sail

Keith Morris kindly produced a short video of my first encounter with Stacey…

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Preparations – More purchases!

The seemingly never ending list of expensive purchases continues. Earlier today I ordered a Spot Messenger*, two more double ended day / night distress flares, sailing compass bracket, sea anchor and a new burgee from Piplers Chandlery, Poole, who have been great – good old fashioned service from very helpful staff who know what they’re [...]

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My 2012 Challenge

My 2012 Challenge

I will set out at the beginning of June and hope to have sailed or paddled round most of Britain by the end of August. All the way round mainland Britain by boat is approximately 2,200 nautical miles and almost certainly too far to travel in three months in a sailing canoe with a cruising [...]

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Round the Isle of Wight by sailing canoe – March 2012

We launched our Shearwater sailing canoes shortly before midnight. As we sailed out of the small haven at Hill Head I could see Ian’s white navigation light shining at the apex of the dim triangle of his sail, silhouetted against the yellow street lights of Cowes in the distance. The new moon had set some [...]

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