Archive | May, 2012

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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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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