Update from Amber Sea, 25 January 2010

Simpson's Bay St MaartenCurrently I am in the French half of Simpsons bay lagoon on St Martin. I plan to leave for Anguilla at the end of January, then on to Tortola in the BVI's for the 9th of February when I am meeting old friends and neighbours from home who are on a cruise, and in Tortola for the day!

Malcolm Lewis-Jones, 25.01.2010 | More from Malcolm Lewis-Jones’s blog

Member Profile Rhian Deakin

Rhian Deakin in a funny hatRhian Deakin, 30, joined the Little Ship Club last August in a quest to build on her competent crew and dayskipper course experience.
She is now doing the yachtmaster theory class on Monday evenings and hopes to build up her sailing miles to do coastal skipper and YM practical in due course.

Rhian Deakin, 22.01.2010 | More from Rhian Deakin’s blog

Copper Coating update

The winter has done its worst but our new copper coating is now finished and despite the appalling January weather Storm Petrel is now back in the water waiting for the mast to go up and then we can sail away in to the blue, or more probably the grey yonder.

The work looks excellent and we are optimistic that this expense will stand us in good stead for the next ten years or so. If Malcolm can slip down to the Carribbean with it and Chris can aspire to race results then it has to be good.

The secret is always preparation and whilst rich Malcolm opted for a slurry blast the poor Le Verrier-Bizzeys had to opt for a sand blast. Luckily that did no damage, the danger is always that it will damage the gel coat but we got away with it! Slurry is pretty much guaranteed to be gentle on the hull.

Tim Bizzey, 20.01.2010 | More from Tim Bizzey’s blog

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