Cornish Shrimper - Daislebee

Cornish Shrimper - Daislebee

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Early May Bank Holiday rally

The rally got off to a good start with a cook in at the club house on the Thursday evening, while we waited for those who 'still have work commitments' to join us...(it's a nice feeling not to have).


We launched as soon as the tide permitted and once the departing fleet that consisted of Daislebee, D22 "Bolitho" with Stewart B,  Shrimper "Moonfleet" with Robin and Ross, Coaster "Moksha" with Ian C, Coaster "Bon Amiee" with John and Sandy, Nick in D22 "Isabel" and  Jim H in Gig "Hippo" had fully assembled we set off for Newtown Creek. The weather was good and the wind and tide kind and we were soon joining Marcus in "Sundance" an original Drifter, in two rafts where a convivial evening ensued.


The next morning we departed Newtown setting sail for Ryde. The weather was glorious and although the wind was light and eventually gave way to nothing the tide was with us all the way.

Leaving Newtown Creek

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On arrival at Ryde we found it very full but the advantage of being small showed itself as we tucked ourselves away. We were joined by Jeff in his much larger yacht and Adrian in his Coaster  " Torridon" who had both sailed over from Chichester. Also along for the day was Bill and Wayne in their club's Skipper 18, having sailed from the Itchen at the top of Southampton Water.

Fish and chips was order of the day for most and another pleasant evening was had. (For those that visit Ryde the chip shop we like is thorough the gardens between the amusement area and the shower and toilet facilities, in Monkton St.)


The next morning was another glorious day and several of us succumbed to the delights of the local cafe (also in Monkton St) The breakfast is good but the owner seemed surprised to have a lot of customers on a bright sunny bank holiday weekend.......

Once breakfast had settled the real business of the day got under way. the inaugural round of the Drascombe Crazy Golf tour.

Two teams of three and a four were drawn up...well, randomly put together really....

Marcus, Jim and Stewart eyeing the lie of the green
(ignore the guy on the roof ....he is a pirate)

Jim, Stewart and Adrian - a serious business

John taking it easy
Nick, Robin and Ross

The declared joint leaders after Round One were Stewart, Adrian and Marcus.

Round One leaders - Marcus, Stewart and Adrian

Once the water was in we had a quick rally photo before the main fleet set off for Gosport and a date with the Chinese in the High Street.

The rally crew
John and Sandy, Nick, Wayne and Bill had to depart for home ports will the rest of us set sail in light winds for Gosport - uneventful except for Jim's engine failing and having to tow him into harbour.

On arrival at Gosport things didn't go as planned - room at the Chinese...still we made do ant the very excellent restaurant in the lightship at the marina ..a very good, if not more expensive alternative. We were joined by Simon, Sharon and Hannah.


We were blessed all weekend with lovely weather, wind was lacking but hot and sunny and Monday was no exception. Jim and I had a motor round the harbour looking at the sights including the new aircraft carrier.

Queen Mary in Portsmouth

We all departed and had a quiet journey back to Ashlett - a successful trip all round.

Thursday, 31 May 2018

New season starts

It seems very late this year, with people rushing round to get last minute jobs done that the cold and wet weather discouraged them from doing in the early 'spring'. I am no different but did have the luxury of two days on the boat prior to launch to sort a few things out for the season.
This years projects included

  •  the fitting of a double battery solar panel management system to replace the single and very successful system I installed two or three years ago.
  • fitting an extendable bowsprit using a carbon fibre rod to pole out a cruising shute.
  • replacing my Garmin 451 that has become unreliable, with a Raymarine Dragonfly 5m plotter
  • polishing the hull
  • filling and fairing a few of the knock to the keel that have taken place over the years
  • installing some new wooden storage boxes to replace the plastic ones that were just a little too big
  • and of course a general tidy up - always overdue.......

I will update the blog with the progress, usefulness etc on each of these.

To help me do it I have acquired a small notebook pc so I will hopefully be able to keep the blog slightly more up to date as I sail, rather than waiting to get home....we'll see.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

New season beckons.....

You wouldn't think it, looking out of my study window and the swirling snow and the -12 windchill but it is the 1st March and in previous years varnish has been drying and trailers have been serviced - but it does promise to warm up next week so mid to late April on the water is still on the cards I hope.

What's been happening.... well I saw Riley from La Vagabonde at the London Boat Show in passing but couldn't make it to their session where he and Elayna were talking about their widely publicised adventures on their Outremer catamaran.

Follow their adventures on their You Tube channel - La Vagabonde or visit their website 

On the Drascombe stand we had a great time, meeting new people and renewing old friendships.
We had an owners Drascombe Coaster 'Action Penguin'  on the stand which attracted a lot of attention as well as a brand new Drascombe Lugger that is destined to start her life on the shores of Lake Garda (can't be bad)

Drascombe Coaster 'Action Penguin' and
a new Drascombe Lugger
The new 5 day format of the show recieved mixed reviews - it was certainly less taxing that 10 days and there was a marked increase in footfall, but there were some big names missing particularly in the chandlers section.It's understandable, with all the kit they bring and the time it takes to un pack, set up and then put it all away again - 5 days probably doesn't seem worthwhile.

One of the highlights was the British Marine dinner with mock roulette and black jack tables - Sharon 'won' over £7,000 and then lost it all - but had fun doing it.

The gambler....with Rob from Dek-King

Das Boot

No sooner was London over with than we were off to the Dusseldorf Boat Show or Das Boot as it is called. - I suppose this qualifies as the European Boat Show, although there are other national shows that take place, Paris for example. But what a difference from London. It is sad to say but it made London look very small and unrepresentative of the boating arena within the UK .
The one, albeit large hall at Excel was replaced by 18 halls and large ones at that, with specific halls devoted to small sailing boats, large yachts,  motor boat, tow boats, diving etc. There were lots of activities such as wake boarding and a canoe pool complete with island
I went out with Sharon from Drascombe and we walked well over 8 miles without visiting all the halls !!!!!!
The map of Boot

The dinghy hall
 It was only a short visit to see whats what but it was certainly impressive with additions that LBS could consider such as public transport included in the ticket price - which was cheaper by the way.

RYA Sailabity Conference - Wyboston

We took an adapted Drascombe Longboat 'Zingaroo' up to this event borrowed from Queen Mary Sailability and she was very well received. The changes that have been made to suit sailors with less physical abilities were much photographed and commented upon.

What did it for me was the energy and enthusiasm of not only the sailors with a variety of disabilities but the volunteers who are involved - quite humbling and very impressive.

So having been energised by all the toys on show at the Boat shows, and enthused by the participants of the Sailablity event I can't wait for the snow to go, the sun to come out and the fun to start

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Good news ....London Boat Show special guests

Riley and Elayna, the YouTube couple sailing the world in their Outremer catamaran, are coming to the London Boat Show to give a talk about their adventures.

Scheduled to appear twice on Thursday 11th Jan, they are bound to attract a large audience. I, for one, will be trying to get there and here their story first hand.

As I mentioned in the previous post they produce good quality videos about their adventures that not only cover the good bits but also the occasional reality check.

I have sent them a cheeky email inviting them to the Drascombe stand while they are at the show.. ..we'll see.

Saturday, 23 December 2017

London Boat Show - Sailing Blogs - my favourites

London Boat Show draws near and as usual I will be helping out Drascombe by Churchouse on their stand SB001 - come along and say hello - last year I met several people who read these pages and it was great to hear their thoughts.

Although it is a shorter show this year, there are two other events being run alongside which should ensure it is a busy place to be.

Video blogs - Vlogs

Love them...hate them.....there is a mixed bunch out there. I have to admit I alternate between extreme jealousy and bouts of frustrated rage that I can't be out there having the same adventures.

The best I find, strike a balance between white sand and palm trees, bums and bikinis and some real life experiences, dramas and the reality of sailing and living aboard a relatively small boat.

I have a top three  or four that I watch and find that they consistently deliver this mix :

Top without a doubt is La Vagabonde - which follows the adventures of Riley and Elayna, two young Australians who hooked up together to sail the world. 
Riley bought his first boat without any sailing experience or knowledge and taught himself by trail and error  - by the time he meet Elayna he had obviously learnt enough not to scare her to death and they continued on the adventures together - they fund their travels through a variety of means - their You Tube channel attracts Patreons and they have achieved a level of success that must be almost unique  - to the extent that they have managed to swop their faithful mono hull for a brand new 45 ft Outremer catamaran. They are currently in the Med and intend to spend the summer of 2018 in the US so some long trips ahead

Follow their adventures on their You Tube channel - La Vagabonde or visit their website 

A close second but with a slightly different take on it must be SV Delos. 

Brian, his brother Brady, Karin are the main crew joined currently by  Alex,, Lisa and Elizabeth are the current crew - between them they represent the US, Sweden, Austria and good old Blighty.
The boat, Delos, is a ketch rigged 53 foot Amel Super Maramu , built in 2000 in which they are travelling the globe.

The three permanent fixtures the skipper Brian, Karin and Brady have been joined periodically by friends and people who follow their adventures and are invited to join them. The main emphasis is sailing but they do explore the places they visit and using their network of 'followers' they get to see the local area and enjoy adventures away from the water.  They are currently in Recife, Brazil.

Their You tube channel is - SV Delos  and their website can be reach by this link

Third and perhaps not as polished as the other two is RAN Sailing

A Swedish couple, Malin and Johan, decided to give up the rat race in 2016 and set off from the cold climes of northern Europe on their adventures - they are currently in San Blas Islands, Panama.

Johan had travelled extensively before and many places are a return visit for him. For Malin it s all new territory.

Theur boat is a  custom built aluminium Beason 40 built in  1987. Easy to watch and with many practical issues to address it is interesting seeing their transition from the early days to their current location in Panama.

Their video log can be found at RAN Sailing and their website using this link 

No mention of San Blas, Panama can pass with out a look at White Spot Pirates - Untie the Lines.

These are the adventures of Nike Steiger, a young lady from Hamburg, who defines White Spots as undiscovered areas in the map of her life. She sold up and bought a fairly dilapidated boat she called KARL who is a Reinke Super 10, built in 1992 in aluminium. 

Together they have ventured as far as Cuba and it's fair to say watching the videos can leave you feeling exhausted. Nike is very practical and determined and seems to weather all sort of problems, certainly in the early days that would have made less resolute people run for the hills.

Her You Tube channel is here and her website can be found here

Do you have any favourites or recommendations??

Keep Turning Left seems to be the best of the UK bunch but I gather that Dylan Winter, the author, is in two minds whether to continue. I hope he does and I will look at his site again after Christmas but I do understand the pressures of keeping it up to date - even my little effort takes time which can be hard to find theses days.