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

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Not getting out

In not getting out to Salcombe because of the horrendous weather (I mean lets face it if a Russian cargo ship can wash up onto a Falmouth beach, it must be rough!!), I content myself with  two things

  • sniffing out any new videos of Welsford navigators in action
  • scripting and editing a new trailer for my YouTube channel (which if you haven't discovered it yet can be found at
so here are some new videos of Welsford navigators in action from this year


Enrico said...

bad weather is perfect for video editing!

steve said...

ENRICO - Merry Christmas or is it "Auguro a tutti Voi un Natale Sereno" and "Felice Anno Nuovo"

of course I could have got that wrong - I am relying on my wife who did an Italian evening class last year. This is the wonderful stunning woman of my dreams who a year or so ago managed to navigate Barcelona speaking Italian and Rome speaking spanish, thus confusing herself and everyone she met :)

so if I have told you your boat is a yellow sinking submarine - i humbly apologise

Merry Christmas Enrico, happy new year and best wishes to you and your family. Looking forward to seeing you sail in 2019

Enrico said...

Dear Steve,
absolutely p-e-r-f-e-c-t italian sentence! :-)

I whish you, your wife and whole family a Merry Christmas and a great 2019 (including dinghy life and all other open-air sport activities)!
All the best!

steve said...

I will let her know - she will be pleased
take care now - have a lovely christmas