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New paddle and paddle sailing


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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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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