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Fastnet entry secured (and that’s no mean feat)….

Entry to the Fastnet race is sold out with a record number signing up. 300 registrations were received in the first 24 minutes matching the number received in 24hrs for the 2013 race. RORC members were given priority so paying membership fees really does have a benefit! Having secured entry to the race I’m now…

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Christmas over. Skiing over. New Year over. What next?

So we did Christmas in the Alps this year. Boat came out of the water on the 18th December and we departed on the 19th. If you can’t sail, ski! What next? We’ll it’s 2015 (Happy New Year everyone!) and apart from the Rugby World Cup there’s also the small matter of the 90th anniversary…

Cruising | Uncategorized | Yacht Racing

Ever wondered what to do with the kids when you want to go to the pub?

Favourable weather led to an impromptu weekend trip to Lymington. Kids packed (including more electronic entertainment devices than an Apple Store) and down to Hamble for a lunch time departure. Not exactly the windiest day, but the tide carried us most of the way. Town Quay was pretty busy but we squeezed in and headed…

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Busy Summer…

…but I guess that’s part of the fun of boat ownership; no time for anything else! Having got to know her much better and clocked up a few hundred miles, the real work can now start. Lots of basic maintenance has been carried out along the journey. A few false starts (really shouldn’t have enter…

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All set for her maiden voyage….

With the cockpit work complete and her bottom looking sooooo much better, launch day finally arrived. Friday 25th July 2014 @ 0800hrs, she was put back in the water. Her long awaited maiden voyage was imminent. Just a few jobs to do before and we set sail. Planned destination, Jersey. First, fix the steaming light….

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Racing Weekend Roundup – Sunsail Regatta Round 4

Great weekend racing in the East Solent. Dawned on me when motoring out of Portsmouth Harbour entrance that we actually haven’t sailed since February. Probably part of the reason we’ve bought a boat! (more on that in another post) Day One – 12th July Race One: A nervous start to the day crossing the start-line mid-fleet,…

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Boat preparation underway…

So the plunge has been taken and boat bought! Our diverse range of requirements led to some soul searching over what to get; We want to be competitive at cans racing, do some offshore racing, short hand cruise to the Channel Islands and sail the Solent with three kids! As a good friend of mine…