After more than twenty years working in the IT industy I have the opportunity to take a gap year and sail around UK and Ireland.
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!
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.
Skippers, sail to the Scilly Isles in late June 2010 We aim to start in Falmouth on Saturday June 26th, 2010 with boats making their own way to Falmouth. (or you could charter in Falmouth) The rally will make its way to Penzance or Newlyn on Monday June 28th and to the Scillies on Tuesday June 29th.
Photo: 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.
Have 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.
I 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.
Best moment: sailing back from Bembridge after a perfect camping/sailing weekend of glorious sunshine with four teenagers and two 'grown ups' on a 26' boat (hence the camping element). As you can see from the pictures, it felt more like the Med than the Solent.