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Winter Layup

A fantastic summer of cruising has come to a close and this week Ningaloo was lifted ashore at Haying Island. With our 2m draft, the yard could only get me out at the top of a spring tide, and even then it was touch and go.

Over the winter I will be making plans for 2019 which I hope will include Ireland and Scotland.


West Country cruise

Early in the season, I made plans with Jon, one of my regular crew, to head to Devon and Cornwall in September. We had hoped to reach the Scilly Isles, but after battling headwinds and spring tides for 3 days to get to Fowey, coupled with a very stormy forecast for the week set aside for the return passage, we moderated our plans and limited ourselves to some cruising between Fowey and Weymouth.

Underway with Jon and Robin.
Jon cooking a fancy sauce in the galley.

River Yealm

The storm forecast that prompted our change of plans.

St Vaast and back

A crew needing 60+ Nm passages for RYA qualification gave me the excuse for a trip to France. Back to St. Vaast, the only port I have ever crossed to from the Solent. So different doing this in a boat that I trust completely. I can't help comparing this to my first channel crossing in my 7.8m MG Spring 25. We made it, but at 4.5kts, I can't say it was enjoyable. On this crossing we averaged 6.6 knots outbound and 7.1kts on the return. We could have made much higher speeds in the 20-24kts on the return passage but were hampered by lumpy seas which meant a second reef.


Side trip to Wales

Decided to get out of the Solent to avoid the chaos of the Round the Island race. Weekend in the Brecon Beacons with my amazing crew. A little hot for walking though.

Thanks Paaris

Time to say goodbye to my Dutch / South African crew who have helped me from Amsterdam. Some long passages and boisterous sails in the Solent but sadly no fish!