'Sheemaun' from St Kats to Ramsgate

"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. "

Dr Rodney Pell, 17.09.2010 | More from Dr Rodney Pell’s blog

Éowyn is in Bali marina, Benoa

Éowyn is in Bali marina, Benoa in position 8:44.425S 115:12.803E

We arrived safely in Bali on the 8th September. The last 24 hours of the passage were frustrating as the light wind was dead astern and basically we motored all that period.
Michael Birch, 13.09.2010 | More from Michael Birch’s blog

Greek Faraway Islands Flotilla

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.

Pete Hampson, 06.08.2010 | More from Pete Hampson’s blog

'Cayman Islands' City Racing Challenge and the LSC

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?

Caroline Sedgwick, 26.07.2010 | More from Caroline Sedgwick’s blog

Ronhilda Isles of Scilly Cruise

Looking Down Tresco Harbour

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.

Brian Humber, 16.07.2010 | More from Brian Humber’s blog