Finally! A job started a few years ago finished today. The videos below are a reminder!
Thursday 29 June 2023
Tuesday 27 June 2023
It has been a long time since I have been sailing and I am looking forward to getting out on the water soon. My last post has a short video - refitting Arwen after her long hibernation.
Today, I have sorted out the galley boxes and cleaned them up and brought some ready to cook in the bag camping meals.
- steak and veg
- pasta bolognaise
- pasta carbonara
- meatballs and pasta
- sticky toffee pudding
- noodles and bacon
Since June last year (and its now June 2023) I have only sailed around four times. There are reasons for this 😞😄
- we have been travelling on and off for a total of five and a half months out of the last twelve - Iceland, France, Spain and SW USA
- I have caught Covid several times and have probably lost another month to this and subsequent recuperations
- the weather, has, at times, frankly, been as my teenage friends would say 'PANTS'!! 😖
- Frogmore Creek and Kingsbridge over Salcombe way
- a pootle up the river Dart to Totnes
- towing Arwen down to Falmouth and doing a few days on the various rivers around the Fal ria
- a coastal sail across to the Helford river and a tootle up some of its tributaries
- a coastal sail from Salcombe over to Bigbury on Sea and if condition are right - crossing the dangerous bar and sailing up the river Avon to Aveton Gifford.
- a few sails up the Tamar - up to a quay in Kingsmill Lake; up the Tavy as far as I can get on a tide; a revisit to redshank beach on the Lynher - one of my favourites and long overdue; a potter up past St German's and up the river Tiddy as far as I can safely go and, finally, up past Calstock on the Tamar to Morwellham Quay.
Sunday 25 June 2023
So there I am walking along the coastal road into Salcombe, from North Sands. A stunning lovely walk by the way if you ever happen to be down this way - along the river entrance with the fantastic golden sand beaches of East Portlemouth opposite. Plenty to see and admire.
Anyway, I digress. Ahead is a man carrying a large pack. A coastal footpath walker, I really admire these hardy folk - the South West Coastal Path is stunning but not to be under estimated. It has some exceptionally steep ascents and descents and some really exposed areas.
I notice he is wearing a knee brace and ask him how he is getting on. It turns out blisters are the issue and he is hoping to find a coffee shop and a chemist in Salcombe. I tell him where to find these things - make some recommendations and we discuss his progress thus far.
And then he stops me in my tracks and catches me off guard completely.
"Do you own a boat?"
"Yes" I reply
"You the guy with the YouTube channel and the New Zealand designed boat?"
Turns out Iain, from Oxford way is a sailor, owns a wayfarer if I remember correctly and is one of my channel subscribers. He recognised my voice! Which is kinda scary really!
Iain (Ian) if you are reading this - I hope you sorted the blisters, got a well earned coffee and made it over to Kingsbridge and sorry we could stop longer to chat or take you for a coffee - we were meeting friends and already running late. It later turned out they were running even later than us - so we could have got you a coffee but when I found you - you were surrounded at Capt'n Morgan's looking well looked after and chilled so I didnt disturb you. A real pleasure and privilege for me meeting you - an amazing achievement walking with that pack weight in this heat and those blisters. Hope you made it to Kingsbridge. Stay in touch. Hope you get to sail on the Thames at some stage - an ambition of mine I must admit. If you come down this way with your boat - drop me a line.
An amazing guy, an amazing undertaking.