Saint Graham had kindly advised the start was to be in the wild west of the Solent this month, so that would have meant trying to leaving our home Gulag of Chichesterstan at LW springs. Apart from not being able to get out of the maina this is not a good idea if any kind of winds are blowing so the crew voted to part join in Chichester, and move Ronhilda to Gosport for others to join on Friday night. This also meant we could avoid the 3/4 hour potential beat against the flood tide on the Saturday up to the start. So we bounced over the bar 2 hours before LW on Friday afternoon with the SE F4 kicking up the ebb tide nicely over the bar.
I was asked to write a blog of my recent trip with the Corinthians in the US. Unfortunately several marine mishaps made it impossible for me to do that, so this is more of an overview – an over view and then some:I have been sailing with Corinthians for nearly 20 years and it has been enormous fun. I have been involved from the start. I remember when Clint Springer turned up at Bell Wharf Lane and suggested that our two clubs sailed together. Our Commodore at the time, John Stonham hesitated. Some people in the club were reluctant. Who are these people, they asked? Did they know how to sail? Perhaps we could teach them a thing or two?I suspect similar conversations took place amongst the Corinthians. Anyway those of us who were enthusiastic carried the day and, in 1995, I was one of 10 LSC members who joined their cruise in the Chesapeake, when Fred Wilson was Master.
It was a pleasant surprise to log onto the Web site and find the first start was just off Portsmouth so even though the weekend was Springs we could have a later start from Chichesterstan Gulag. Even so I had to leave on the Friday evening as I would not be able to get out of the Marina at LW springs so we went down to pick a bouy up in Itchenor reach. Looking for the Boathook I found it was missing, somebody must have borrowed it and dropped it/not returned it on Ronhilda's berth. We then found it was difficult to raise a pick up bouy with a brush using torchlight so we approached stern to and made a bridle across the stern from the bathing platform. This worked well and we had a peaceful night under a clear sky with many stars shining brightly.
I took part in the 2014 Thames Trafalgar race as a member of Michael Forbes Smith's crew on board a chartered Hanse 342 from Britannia Sailing School at Shotley marina.
Keith Martin, our HPO Le Havre and NW Brittany has passed the following information about the start of the Route de Rhum on 2 November 2014 in which Sir Robin is participating.
Those thinking of going over for the start of the Route de Rhum, - or joining in - accommodation afloat and ashore in Saint Malo will be at a premium and Keith would be very happy to make arrangements for those members wishing to sail to Brittany and stay in in the excellent marina in Saint Cast, just along from Saint Malo. This marina is close to the Pointe de Saint Cast and the Cap Frehel within easy sailing distance of the probable route of the early stage of the event.
Please get in contact with Keith if you are interested. Mobile: +33 (0) 681.352.250 or email: Keith.firstname.lastname@example.org
Three weeks sailing in May from close to Mandelieu S France to Calvi, Corsica. This took 22 hours, we sailed all the way, overnight, with farirly good SW winds. Sailed around the north part of the island, anchoring and enjoying some idylic bays, Mortela for one and Tamerone for another. We had to go into Macinaggio for 3 nights owing to a storm, and then from there to Erbalunga just north of Bastia, where we anchored.
Can recommend this as being a very pretty harbour. Then back sighting Capria and also Elba to south to Baie Tamerone, before heading back to Rivierra. Took 28 hours, sailing close to wind towards Menton, and when about 5 miles off then headed west back to home port. This trip was a prelude to longer trips that shall inlcude the whole of Corsica, the Tuscan Islands and Sardinia, and beyond.
A couple of hours into our journey down the long and majestic river Colne, Micha asked me how we were doing against the schedule. Now, for any south coast sailors who don’t know the river Colne, I should explain that that was irony. It’s just that an inconvenient southerly F5, a flood tide, and a very steep east coast chop were combining to make progress more than a little slow. The chop would stop Silver Pearl dead in her tracks continually until her ten mighty horses could coax her forwards once again.
Silver Tide (Keith Irons and Ron Gardner) and Greenwitch (Richard Keen and Sue Cossell) will be meandering along the French coast after the Calais Rally, stopping at Boulogne, Dieppe, Fecamp, Honfleur and Ouistreham, before travelling along the Orne Canal into the centre of Caen for a three-day stay during the 70th anniversary of D-Day celebrations.
We will welcome any other boats who wish to join us for the whol
Every so often March has days like this. Days that make you think that summer has arrived, that your thermals, mid-layers and fleeces can be cast aside and that it is time to bask in the sun, open a chilled bottle of something suitably refreshing and to be careful not to fall asleep in the full glare of the sun to avoid serious sunburn. For this fast cruise, we had two such days in succession.
Avril and I were joined by Jill Moffatt and Ian Middleton at short notice, their original berths on Ronhilda sadly unavailable due to Brian Humber's indisposition. Friday evening in Haslar saw a sizeble contingent of LSC folk including the crew of Day at the Races and elements from Musyk and Solid Air enjoying a dinner at Hardy's.
It is with great regret that I have to mention that we have lost our HPO for West Mersea. David Curry, HPO for 7 years has resigned from the Club and also as our HPO for West Mersea.
Should there by any member of the Club who would like to take on this hat for West Mersea, please contact me direct.