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Pole dancing...

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You have to take your chances where you can this summer..   forecast tomorrow (Sunday) was for decidedly blecchhh weather (wind and rain), so I took my chance on a Saturday afternoon sail either side of the late high tide (17:23); my first sail in Sparrow in 3 weeks (grief!)

Either way, was on the boat in beautiful sunny conditions by 3'ish, and delighted to remember that I had left the reefs in from the last trip as the forecast for this afternoon was to get cloudier, and windier (in the gusts) with perhaps the chance of a few spots of rain later - I was guessing I'd need them... filled the tank for the outboard (NB. don't think I've used more than 10 litres all summer so far) and went for my usual plan of motoring to Marker before hoisting sail..

Wind was SE'ly so got to Marker, hoisted sails, and then reached the sailing club at the entrance to the harbour on almost one beat.. first tack at Verner (look at the tack angle! Tide flowing strong in my defence..) ...…

Dib dib dob....

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I was hoping to get out for a decent session on Sparrow yesterday..  13:30'ish high tide, sunny weather, all boded well for an excellent day out, but unfortunately it was not to be....  no wind...  been a right binary summer this year in the UK - either blowing a hooley or flat calm; raining cats and dogs grey or sunny.... in between days are few and far between seemingly

Either way, not having been on Sparrow for a few weeks a visit was in order - we've had some rough days, and a fair amount of rain, so I wanted to check we she was all OK, and dry...

Turned up at the slipway and was getting the tender out, when a little old lady came hurtling down the slip way (not literally I hasten to add - just moving fast) - 70 if she was a day but I have poor ability to estimate these things - told me she had come down from London that morning by train, was a fellow club member, that her husband was on a business trip, and that she was worried her Centaur was sinking, and could I give …

Pre-Cowes Week Cowes trip

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Rod gave me a shout last week with the offer of a ride on Ami-Ly with the same crew who did the America's Cup trip, and seeing as the tides this weekend are distinctly iffy (early and late), I bit his arm off..  especially as a trip to Cowes was on offer, the day before the Cowes Week racing started - so lots of busy'ness and boats to see...

Quiet trip over - a distinct lack of breeze, and from an entirely unusual direction (NW) so with one small aberration just to check it really wasn't sailable, it was motor all the way..

Despite the very low water we used the inner small boat channel to Cowes (behind the new breakwater) - think Ami-Ly has a draft of about 1.5 mtrs (Legend 290 with the wing keel) and the minimum I saw (under the keel) was a metre.

As expected Cowes was rammed but we managed to get 3 hours on one of the outside pontoons at East Cowes Marina for (I thought) a very reasonable £10. Lunch was in the Lifeboat (after having ogled a quite beautiful young lady su…

Camber clamber...

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Two trips in three days..  looking good, and the season is/was definitely looking up, sunny weather and consistent breeze (if not a fair amount of it - it's been a breezy summer I think), either way, there were two things affecting the sailing today, the wind direction ( a very unusual easterly), and the tide height (a big one at 5 mtrs - the UK has had a blue moon [clicky] on the 31st July, so clearly the effects are still being felt.. )...

First things first though, a running repair to the tender saw the (loose) seat support strut bolted in place via a square block of wood between seat and strut and a couple of bolts..  the repair is sound, but I'll tidy it up this winter. I'll also have a go at replacing one of the struts on the launching trolley which has succumbed to age and rust - need to find someone in the club with some welding kit, or I'll just bolt in a wooden block... (both items added to the job list for this winter, which is now added above - Lord, how ti…

Snowhill slide..

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Time for one of those crafty days off that so often ends up in being a superb day out on the water.. no idea why that should be, but this one didn't disappoint either! I must do it more often.. 

So it was that sat at work at the beginning of the week, I was reminded that I still had almost 3 weeks of holiday to take before the end of the year, a delightful position to be in, but indicative this year I think of the bolleaux weather we've had on the whole - not been taking those sailing days where I would normally, so they've accrued..  forecast for Friday was looking good on the whole so decision made...

Winds were light, but as the SWMBO was at work I had the option for an entire day on the boat, either catching up on a little painting, or doing some sailing depending on what conditions were like..

Friday dawned sunny (check), but not a breath at home (gah..) so I packed the tool box thinking I would do a bit of work, and then lounge, Monte Carlo like, in my capacious cock…