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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