"Under reduced but well balanced rig, jib and gaff mizzen, we surged through 1.5m - 2m waves off Sheppey at 6 kts with the wind howling in the rigging and ratlines and sheets rod hard and throbbing and seaweed being flung across the deck. Exciting but tiring. 'Sheemaun' no longer a pretty crowd-pulling poser but a very different vessel, sturdy and seagoing doing just what she was built for. "
Éowyn is in Bali marina, Benoa in position 8:44.425S 115:12.803E
The recent JOG race to St Peter Port was a game of two halves or at least a weekend of two halves. Once again I was in the crew of Juno, an X34.
Guests are taken out to see Ramsgate Week racing at close quarters. Read this document as a pdf file (600Kb). Download here. (Opens in new window)
Flotilla sailing in the Greek islands doesn't mean that you have to follow the crowds.
It was a flotilla holiday that introduced the Hampson family (including my wife Nikki, and sons Alex, 12, and Oliver, 10) to sailing so, after skipping it last year, we decided to return for 2010. For those that have never taken part, the concept is simple: a small flotilla of yachts (normally between 7 and 12) meanders around an area of the Greek islands under the helpful guidance of a lead crew, whilst enjoying the local scenery, food, and culture, and hopefully not a little sailing too. The crew consists of a skipper, an engineer to fix any problems that occur, and a hostie to act as a knowledge base for interesting things do see in each destination, and good places to eat, right through to mundane details like the location of the bins and water.
The story of the cruise has been well covered in Alan Fulton’s articles on the club website: here are Julian and Diana's impressions from our own point of view as the crew of our Southerly 32 Roshanak.
I took Odin over to Cowes for the weekend to support the Laser SB3 regatta that Pelican Racing organised. We had several members competing (look for them in these photos). Competitors turned up to our pontoon drinks wet and salty and so grateful for the beers we laid on as part of our sponsorship of the regatta.
The racing was intense - five races around a short triangular course and the boats were out for around four or five hours on Sat and much the same on Sun - see lots of better photos. There were incidents (I can't reveal all but may be prepared to blab for the price of a ginger beer) and a couple of people had short dunkings.
Make sure you spot the rectangular flags we had flying on every backstay - like our burgee only not. And isn't the Pelican design on the sails fantastic?
Juno has just taken part in the JOG Salona Illingworth Challenge race from Cowes to La Trinité-sur-Mer in Southern Brittany, a distance of about 340 miles.
Ronhilda had an great Rally to the Scilly's. We got there via Brixham, Sutton Harbour ( Plymouth), Fowey via Polperro for lunch time stop and swimming behind the yacht under spinny at 2 knots, Falmouth via Helford river and Gweek, changin crew and finally after an excellent meal at the NMM straight to Tresco on the Sunday.
Éowyn is presently in Port Resolution, Tanna, Vanuatu in position 19:31.491S 169:29.727E - We arrived here at noon on 6th July after a pretty lively passage. Sailing was varied and apart from a 12 hour calm was mainly 20 knots or more. The last 24 hours was upwind, our first extensive beat since St. Lucia