Stay aboard the Little Ship Club

The Met Office predicts a hard winter this year. How often have we heard that before, yet it seems this time they may be right. The perversity of global warming seems to produce climatic conditions which are contrary to the general trend.

Richard Keen, 19.01.2010 | More from Richard Keen’s blog

The fast cruise to Beaulieu

The up and coming fast cruise to Beaulieu will be a whole new experience for me. I am chartering a yacht for the very first time.Merlin Rocket PoohBah I started sailing whilst at school in the early '60s and spent the latter years of the '60s, all of the '70s and early '80s racing Merlin Rocket dinghies and Dart catamarans.




Graham Broadway, 06.01.2010 | More from Graham Broadway’s blog

World ARC

Yacht EowenÉowyn is lying in Le Phare Bleu marina Grenada in position 12:00.194N 61:43.441W Mike & I flew out to Grenada on 3rd December to prepare Éowyn for launching. Chris & I had visited for 2 weeks in September, so much of the hard work had been done.

Michael Birch, 14.12.2009 | More from Michael Birch’s blog

Arrived in Jolly Harbour

Arrived in Jolly Harbour, Antigua, at 14.30 today; after a long slow and bouncy 3000 mile crossing.

Had electrical problems, traced to a loose battery connection and low electrolyte levels eventually. So could not use the autopilot. Hand steered for about 2,600 miles.

Blew out my cruising chute in a 40 knot squall at 1.00 am.

Engine water pump shaft sheared 4 days ago.

Cheap little petrol generator worked perfectly!

Big swells and a nasty cross sea most of the time, so we rolled and corkscrewed most of the way.

All in all slow and tough.

5,500 miles since leaving Plymouth on 12th August.

Now for white beaches, cold beers, and hot sun!

Just had a long hot shower, now going for a steak, egg, and fries.



Dr.Malcolm Lewis-Jones
Yacht Amber Sea

Malcolm Lewis-Jones, 10.12.2009 | More from Malcolm Lewis-Jones’s blog

A story of copper coating.

Is this a prop I see before me?When Anne and I fell in love – with a boat, our stout Moody S38 Storm Petrel – we realised that at some time soon she would have to have her bottom properly cleaned. Years of caked anti fouling were curling at the edges and ready to peel off at the first hint of another seasons dressing. We decided to have our summer of sailing so launched at the first opportunity and had some wonderful days of local cruising and familiarising ourselves with our new acquisition.

The warm summer days turned to autumn and with the offer of a cheap lift out we resolved to address the problems of our pitted hull.

Tim Bizzey, 08.12.2009 | More from Tim Bizzey’s blog

Welcome to Anne's 'Kazbek' blog

Kazbek - Celebrating the baton's return

In 2006 we had the privilage of doing two of the final legs of the baton relay.  We sailed from Harwich to London (Gallions point, Docklands) via Burnham on Crouch and Gravesend.  Life was complicated by engine failure off Southend.  We tried to start the engine, but nothing happened!

anne malcolm, 26.11.2009 | More from anne malcolm’s blog

South Coast Forum

South Coast Forum: Ocean Village

LSC skippers met on a gale swept Saturday 14th November at the Royal Southampton Yacht Club to discuss what it was that  members who sail on the south coast were looking for from our sailing  programme. Over a dozen intrepid South Coast skippers representing ports from Plymouth to Chichester braved the worst storms of the  year and the meeting was very constructive and some good suggestions  were aired and discussed.

David Roache, 20.11.2009 | More from David Roache’s blog