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

2014

The home run – Bristol to Northney

Re-joining the crew on board in Bristol after a week at home, we ‘locked out’ at high tide early on Sunday morning to carry a favourable spring ebb tide down the Avon. The turgid, brown water of the upper Severn… Continue Reading →

Conwy to Bristol

John Morris having arrived by train from Birmingham, the Mulberry pub in Conwy marina provided us with an excellent meal before returning to Hejira to watch the spirited England football performance (John being a football fan – well Aston Villa)… Continue Reading →

Kip to Conwy

Sunday was a leisurely day of laundry, cleaning and planning in Kip Marina while waiting for the late arrival of Dave and Mike by taxi from Glasgow Airport. Perversely, although I was able to pick up a good TV signal… Continue Reading →

Oban to the Clyde

Checking out of the hotel near Glasgow Airport and collecting Dr. Stephen Williams, my only crew for this week, we embarked on the drive back to Oban. The scenery was pleasant and unspoilt with a coffee stop in the pretty… Continue Reading →

Caledonian Canal to Oban

Negotiating the Caledonian Canal could not be easier with all of the Locks attended by helpful staff and with regular pre-emptive exchanges on Ch 74, often made ready for your arrival. Overnight moorings on pontoons are available and included within… Continue Reading →

Edinburgh to Inverness

Our early start from Port Edgar promised sufficient wind on the quarter to ‘play’ with the new Parasailor but after a couple of fruitful hours, the wind died away and we had to resort to the engine to maintain our… Continue Reading →

Newcastle to Edinburgh

Torrential rain provoked a preference for contact lenses over glasses for our passage back down the Tyne and out to sea. The Tyne is probably much cleaner than in the past but it was a dark brown colour and we… Continue Reading →

Lowestoft to Newcastle

Following the family wedding and a couple of rugby games, it was time to return to Hejira on Bank Holiday Monday. Andrew Gosling very kindly drove all 4 of us to Lowestoft and we are all extremely grateful for his… Continue Reading →

London to Lowestoft

The two weeks spent in St. Katharine Dock were great fun and Paula and I walked to near exhaustion as we tried to make the best of the wonderful central London location. Among many highlights was a visit from Helen… Continue Reading →

Underway around the UK

31st March to 7th April – Chichester to St. Katharine Dock With the exception of a malfunctioning plotter (Raymarine are replacing it FOC), Hejira was in good shape for the departure at the end of March. A great deal of… Continue Reading →

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