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Swallows and Amazons.. a review

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It is probably a little known fact that Steve the Wargamer (for that is I, a pen name I took from my other interest) developed a love of sailing purely as a result of Arthur Ransome ... seriously... I have no other explanation for the fact that I have always wanted to sail, own boats, and be on the water since an early age...

I must have discovered Ransome when I was about 11 or 12? So over forty mumble mumble years ago..  and I devoured them...  repeatedly... and in fact I still read them now.

The books hark back to a quieter time, when kids were allowed out to have real adventures, before mobile phones/computers and all the other "labour saving" bolleaux that now infests our every activity, existed..

Ransome wrote a number of children's sailing books which featured the Swallows (the Walker family children) and the Amazons (the Blacketts).. he also wrote a few featuring the Callum children (Dot and Dorothea) who featured in the Swallows and Amazons books, but also fea…

Prinsted looking south...

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..sorry Max - 'nother cracker from the daily commute...



...and so it starts...

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...ships stores and enhancements are arriving... 

These were a bargain - four half metre strips, warm white LED's,and change from seven quid all the way from Hong Kong - how do they do it..??  So these are destined for underneath the shelves in the cabin as downlighters for some much needed lighting..


This is a two fold purchase - one it allows me to trim the boat better by sitting further forward in the cockpit, and two it allows me to reach into the cabin to get stuff without letting go of the tiller..

...nuff said [clicky] ...though to be honest, I have no idea why I've bothered as I have a dreadful track record with these buggers..  
Safety feature more than anything else.. "pre-owned" but a decent price and good condition

Restocking...


...and last, Santa delivered this, this morning - looking forward to finding out what I've done wrong so far.. ! 

Seasons Greetings and Best Wishes....

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Best wishes to all of my reader - here's to fair winds in 2017, and soon back on the water......

...by way of a seasonal picture here's the now traditional lobster pot tree in my local fishing village (Emsworth) snapped on the phone while I was on my way to work the other morning..




It really was a beautiful morning...



Fall under a bus....

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Love it...   



From the boys at Sailing Anarchy [clicky]

Go Alex!!

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The guy is a complete and total racing animal.. he's wondering around that deck - in the middle of the Southern ocean - like I walk around my lounge...  


Brilliant footage and only posted today....  for more on his position and his race in the Vendee Globe click here

That was the year that was.. 2016

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Time for the traditional review of the year past; it's cold, dark, grey and wet outside, so this exercise a much needed mental fillip to get me motivated to start work on the job list ...happy memories of good times, warm weather and fair weather sailing in shorts and t-shirts...  and besides, I enjoy putting this together, it's a good excuse to read all the old posts, and look at the video and pictures from this years logs....

As of this moment nothing done so far on this winters job list - I'll get going eventually (I always do) but she is scraped and cleaned, and to all intents and purposes is ready to go back in the water except for a coat of anti-foul! The major job this winter is a renewal of the cockpit lockers after the dogs dinner I made of coating the last lot and as a result their subsequent disintegration...

I would say that it was a "Good" year; slightly better than last year (which was in turn better than the year before).... looking back my pe…

..and we're out...

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..particularly good this year as I was first out on the Sunday..  

Humungous moon = BIG tides..



Midday high tide, and it was 4.7mtrs so I knew I'd have to get under the bridge sharp'ish, otherwise even with the mast down I wouldn't clear under the bridge..  I think probably an hour and a half either side of HT and it would have been a no go, and as I didn't want to wait until the middle of the afternoon I had to get some skates on...

Got to the club about 9'ish, not enough water yet, cup of tea, made myself known to the lift team, noted very few other skippers around and a yard almost full of boats already, watched them trying to start the tractor (and without that I'd be staying put as it powers the hoist and does the towing..) until in the end they got round the burnt out relay by bridging a connection with a screw driver...

Got a lift to Sparrow on the club runabout - engine on and fired up and I then took 5 minutes to try and remove the pick up tackle bu…