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.
Arwen has an associated YouTube channel so visit to find our most recent cruises and click subscribe.
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

Friday, 30 March 2018

Dinghy cruising: using a standing lug rig (with sprit boom) Part 1

An article about Arwen can be found at

I posted the blog content relating to the article earlier this month so you can scroll down the menu on the right to find it.

I expect part 2 will be published within the next fortnight.

As I said in the article, I'm no expert on anything to do with sailing , least of all sail rigs, sail setting and sail trimming. So the articles are based on my limited experiences thus far. As always constructive comment always welcomed below. 


photocurio said...

Steve, you did build your boat, so you get a lot of credit. That's more than most sailers achieve. Anyway, I am happy to hear you are working on the sail trim.

steve said...

Hello photocurio. Happy Easter Monday to you. I am working on sail trim. About time too really. I am, as we say in the education profession, a late starter or a slightly slower paced learner. In both cases my experience is that such learners always catch up their peers at some stage; and frequently they have insights and contributions that offer much for discussion and reflection. I have a long way to go to become skilled nd knowledgeable sailor but I am slowly getting there. It is the journey, not the destination.......and all that.

Wait until you read the second article.........heehee!! Good to hear from you and hope you are well.