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Cruising Association talk

Notification of a Cruising Association Winter talk on Tuesday 10th of October 2017 at The Upper Thames Sailing Club, Coldmoorholme Lane between Marlow and Bourne End, SatNav post code SL8 5PT. Talk starts at 20.00, bar opens from 19.15 Entrance:… Continue Reading →

Single handed insurance

Following my ‘Change of plan’ blog, the question of insurance cover for single handed sailing has been raised by correspondents. I had already discussed this with my insurers Pantaenius and their helpful and positive response follows:- Dear Mr Mines, It… Continue Reading →

A change of plan

My original plan for the 2017 season was a cruise through Holland, Keil Canal, Swedish Archipelago, Gota Canal, over the top of Scotland, Dublin and back to the south coast. I was facing some adjustments to the plan as two… Continue Reading →

A Salutary Lesson

If one of your winter jobs was to update the software of your instruments, you would do well to note my recent experience. Having been pleased to have navigated the myriad of menus within my instrument system and successfully updated… Continue Reading →

Blogging across the Atlantic

Yachting Monthly Cruising Log March 2017

Rant

How can it be that a replacement gas cylinder cost 11 Euros in the Azores and £32.99 in Port Solent ?

The End – really

Slipping the mooring buoy off Yarmouth, we motored sedately eastwards with the tide under our keel making good time in the early sunshine. We took the time to rig the courtesy flags of the countries visited over our yearlong cruise… Continue Reading →

The End – nearly

This post should have been published on Saturday morning having been meticulously compiled during the course of Friday spent tracking up the Channel. The excellent sailing wind dropped away and we flew the Parasailor while there was sufficient wind to… Continue Reading →

One of the best

We closed land at dawn and the day started bright but not breezy as we motored through the channel inside Ushant. Our timing was perfect as we picked up the first of the ‘flush’ and we recorded 11.6 knots of… Continue Reading →

Piccadilly Circus

Of the perverse activities since the last blog was our attempt at aerial photography using a kite and tiny waterproof camera, both presents from my daughter Rebecca. The kite flew a treat and with sufficient tension to support the weight… Continue Reading →

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