Arwen's meanderings

Hi everyone and welcome to my new blog. My name is Steve and i am the lucky owner of a John Welsford designed 'navigator' named Arwen. I built her over three years with the help of my father, father-in-law and two children. She was launched in August 2007 at Queen Anne's battery marina in the barbican area of Plymouth. This blog is a record of our voyages together around SW England.







Sunday, 1 May 2016

It's almost time...............

Tomorrow.......2.30pm

One skipper,  one boat,   one ocean!

Yesterday we met the skippers and saw the boats..............
today we have aero acrobatic teams, wing walkers and the Red Devils Parachute team........
all to the background music of some fabulous jazz bands and performers

Wot's not to like eh?

We almost had a Mediterranean feel down the Barbican........

Strange cooking implements had appeared.........

Bunting and flags draped everywhere.....

Billboards with unknown sailor's profiles along the walkways

Adam Sweet live on stage proved popular with the gathering crowds


People had come for good music and to meet the intrepid sailors prepared to endure discomfort across 3500 miles of open ocean 


Local pubs were doing a trade.....

And then there were the boats
















But what most people had come to see were the skippers............

"so you are sure we have enough medals and gin bottles"


Gathering before being announced on stage


Catching the rays


Answering questions.........


Class 40 competitors..........in good cheer.....

Well most of them....some are more reflective......



"Remind me, which port are we racing to...?"

"Have you heard about the guy who is racing the transat in an old boat with self steering, no GPS or satnav and only a sextant for a companion?"


"It seemed such a good idea last year....."

"Well at least they turned out to wave us off..."

Brave adventurous and good humoured people
We were very privileged today to meet the 2016 Transat Skippers
We wish them all Bon Voyage and safe journeys and thank them for returning to our Ocean City after an eight year absence
Its good to have you all back

http://www.thetransat.com/news/view/a-warm-reception-for-the-transat-bakerly-skippers-in-plymouth

http://www.thetransat.com/news/view/the-ever-changeable-weather

http://www.thetransat.com/news/view/fleece-oilskin-mandatory-northerly-route-looking-quickest


Tuesday, 26 April 2016

one man, one boat, one ocean, three urban places!

They started with a race warm up from St Malo to Plymouth. Sailors are national heroes in France and the french crowds loved it.



They arrived in Plymouth for a week of preparations........and Plymouth welcomed them. This coming weekend will be spectacular and fun

http://www.thetransat.com/venues/view/plymouth

http://www.thetransat.com/news/view/the-transat-bakerly-docks-into-britains-ocean-city


I don't know about anyone else - but I am getting quite excited. I'm such a big kid!

And then they will be gone - heading across 3500 miles to the Big Apple. Look out New York.......for the fast boats are coming your way. Have fun!



Monday, 25 April 2016

One man, One boat!

The vibe is building.............the flags and banners line the streets

Local cafes are getting in on the act....and why not................

Stranger in town: an unusual boat in an unusual location 

Team Sodebo........
http://www.thetransat.com/skippers/view/thomas-coville 

60 foot, carbon materials and £8 bn cost to build.......

wide, light and strong............



designed for team or solo sailors....who have nerves of steel...............



can hit 50 knots over the water...........



the winning skipper of one of these big beasties could reach New York in around 7 days


it is the widest thing I have ever seen moored on this pontoon







3500 miles of open water dominated by a line of low pressure systems.........every component had better be superstrong





It takes endeavour and courage for any sailor who undertakes an Atlantic passage



tough on the skipper, tough on the boat....this race is a full on sprint

It all starts on May 2nd around lunchtime............