Hejira

"For Boats, even the uglier ones, are among the loveliest creations of man’s hands, and though owning them brings a train of debts, hangnails, bruises, bad frights, and all kinds of worries not experienced by those who content themselves with more practical vices, the relation between man and his boat is as personal and intimate as the relation between husband and wife" - DESMOND HOLDRIDGE

Year

2013

Torquay back to Hayling Island

Having left Hejira in Torquay Marina for a month while Paula and I took holidays in the Caribbean and Italy (what an indulgent summer!), I took the train back down to Devon on the Bank Holiday Monday to sail her… Continue Reading →

Malpas to Torquay

Big thanks to Bob and Dave who worked their fingers to the bone in our massive clean in preparation for the arrival of Paula. We had moved up  river from Falmouth to a mid river visitor pontoon at Malpas, just… Continue Reading →

Kinsale to Malpas via the Scillies

It has been some time since my last ‘missive’ and so much has happened. Having decided to hire a car to explore beyond what would have been possible by yacht, I thought I would try to ‘look up’ the family… Continue Reading →

Milford Haven to Kinsale

The last mail was optimistic about catching up lost time and getting back on track. Although we have experienced some of that emotion, it has been balanced by disappointment as the days have slipped by and our targets have drawn… Continue Reading →

Padstow to Milford Haven

Well, we are now in Milford Haven for our next crew change having had a few issues and more unhelpful weather over the last week. Since my last mail, we ‘sat out’ the ‘blow’ in Padstow which tied our hands… Continue Reading →

Newlyn to Padstow

    Well, the weather has indeed interrupted again. We are currently sheltering from gales in Padstow – and, on the bright side, there are worse places to be storm bound ! The whole plan was structured to avoid deadlines… Continue Reading →

Catch up to Newlyn

At last some signal and a partially working lap top so a quick resume on the cruise so far. Slipped from Northney on Hayling Island on Friday 17th May with a crew of Ollie and his friends Ashley and Raph…. Continue Reading →

Chichester to Newtown River

  The crew is my son Ollie and two of his flat mates, Raph and Ashley. The winches were serviced yesterday and the wind instruments were changed this morning so at least we now have a genuine wind speed reading…. Continue Reading →

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