Arwen's meanderings

Hi everyone and welcome to my dinghy cruising blog about my John Welsford designed 'navigator' named Arwen. Built over three years, Arwen was launched in August 2007. She is a standing lug yawl 14' 6" in length. This blog records our dinghy cruising voyages together around the coastal waters of SW England.
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On this blog you will find posts about dinghy cruising locations, accounts of our voyages, maintenance tips and 'How to's' ranging from rigging standing lug sails and building galley boxes to using 'anchor buddies' and creating 'pilotage notes'. I hope you find something that inspires you to get out on the water in your boat. Drop us a comment and happy sailing.
Steve and Arwen

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Progress update

I was right. Wind made progress up river difficult
Having sailed part way around drakes island I resorted to motor through the dock and ferry area.
Having made it to mouth of Lynher, I now sit on a mooring awaiting tide to build. On the little beach directly opposite me is a heron. It is stretching out its wings to soak up the amazing site. A Cornish shrimper, sails covered away and a cockpit cover pulled taut across it rides at its buoy, its bow facing up the Lynher, as if it is ready to go. After a bite to eat I will use the mizzen to point into the wind, raise the sails and attempt to sail off this mooring.
Wish me luck....I have only ever done such a manoeuvre once before.....and that was a right pigs mess. Enough said!!!

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