Monday, 3 August 2015

Barge at Mercury

This old sailing barge has been alongside at Mercury marina for some time so I took the opportunity of visiting some fiends to take some close up pictures.

We have some friends in Ghent in Belgium who have a similar old sailing barge, maybe slightly smaller at around 75 feet, but they sail her 2 handed and have voyaged all along the north sea coast of Belgium, Holland and Germany. Apart from the obvious high cost for mooring and maintenance, a barge like this would be fantastic for summer coastal cruising.

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Slipway Saturday - Swanwick Hard

The best local slipway for us is at Swanwick Hard, usable pretty much at any state of the tide.

The gradient is not very steep so boats with a deep draft often have to be detached from the tow vehicle and pushed down the shingle to launch and recovered with a very long rope.

Ideal place to launch rowing boats, canoes and small dinghies, a couple of wayfarere's getting ready to launch at the top there.

There's a free car park, but it all gets very busy on a sunny afternoon with cars parked on the slipway.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Sailing on a sparkling sea

Does summer sailing get any better than this.

Sadly I can't afford a helicopter like some of the professional yacht photographers, but took advantage of the elevation along Durlaston Head and optical magnification out to the max.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Petrel on the water

I wrote about Petrel when she was ashore being prepped for the season, so it was nice to see her cruising past as we had lunch at Itchenor recently.

It was a perfect day for a picnic and petrel looks the perfect boat for a potter down the habour and then find a quiet spot for lunch.

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Slipway Saturday - Dell Quay Yacht Yard

Up the Fishbourne Channel in Chichester harbour  is Dell Quay Yacht yard, they have a lomg concrete slipway which is suitable for launching at high water - I'm guessing +/- 2 hours depending on draft.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Say No - to Shark Fins

Saving sharks is perhaps a difficult message to get across, and I say this as a scuba diver who used to take every opportunity to dive with sharks. Ok, I never dived  with a great white, but certainly some of the close cousins, who have all got a rather bad press since that famous movie and are seen as less than cuddly creatures.

The practice of "finning" due to high demand is horribly cruel and seriously impacting these amazing creatures. So it was good to see this display bringing the message home at the airport in one of the largest consumer markets for shark fin.

Monday, 20 July 2015


Given the thunderstorms of the previous evening and more rain during the night it was perhaps hardly surprising that it was a bit windy when I went out next day for a lunch time run. The wind was blowing straight up the river and was especially strong along the open area by Bunny Meadows.

The picture doesn't really do justice, the trees were shaking and there were small waves forming across the river. It was a headwind all the way down to my turning point by the Chinese bridge, and then having to slow myself down on the way back.

If I had a wind speed app for my phone I could have told you exactly how strong it was.