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

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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

Bagheera boarded by customs

Customs officers aboard Bagheera photo Mike GillPhoto: Mike Gill

Boarded! 30 hours out from Castlehaven in Southern Ireland, we were cruising happily along in the sunshine off Mounts Bay when we saw a grey warship or similar lurking close inshore - almost invisible against the coastline. It then detached itself from the shore and came fast out in an arc towards us and then kept station with us at a distance of about 3 cables astern for about 10-15 minutes before lowering a RIB, which came after us.

David Clements, 17.11.2009 | More from David Clements’s blog

Ireland 2010

RCYCHave you ever thought of sailing your yacht to the beautiful south west coast of Ireland? Now is your chance to join a select group of members who after the Scillies Cruise from Falmouth on 26th June will sail on to Cork and ultimately Baltimore.

Hunter Peace, 17.11.2009 | More from Hunter Peace’s blog


YawlI used to have a Salcombe Yawl. That was a while ago - before our son was born. Y132 wasn't the raciest of boats although she could compete in the SYC blue (second) fleet. But what it also gave us was the quiet freedom of the harbour. But with the arrival of the boy she was used very little. "Hold the baby whilst we jibe" was not the sort of phrase designed to ensure marital harmony. We sold her when he was one.


Chris Smith, 05.10.2009 | More from Chris Smith’s blog