Friday, 31 October 2014

Lymington Quay

Well actually the slipway, but a great place to sit and watch the comings and goings on the river.

Sadly the cafe which is attached to the salt water swimming pool will be closing for the winter shortly.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014


It's probably a couple of miles to walk from Keyhaven to Hurst Castle, the worst of which is walking on top of the shingle bank which forms Hurst Spit. The stones are well compacted but they still shift under foot which makes walking hard going even on the flat.

By contrast launching the kayaks from the foreshore in Keyhaven it's a leisurely paddle through the moorings out to the Castle and lighthouse.

The spit means that the entire route is protected from the prevailing westerly winds, while one should always be aware of the dangers, tides and weather, it's was safe and pleasant spot to try out the new sit on top kayaks.

Originally  built in the reign of Henry VIII, the castle was at one time on of England's mos advanced artillery fortresses. Today it's preserved and operated by English Heritage, although we didn't do the full tour they did let is in far enough to find the icecream shop.

The castle became highly mechanised, presumably during Victorian times, note the railway which connects the dock to the fortress for transporting goods and ammunition. the sheer scale of the place is impressive, massively constructed, positioned as it is exposed to the full force of the Atlantic weather.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Bearded Lady

Continuing the recent circus theme and certainly not the Bursledon Eurovision entry -  maybe this should have been titled bearded pink lady.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Keyhaven Local?

This interesting dinghy has been out in the moorings at Keyhaven this year, I would guess the length at between 14 to 15 feet.

The raised decking is unusual and the deep coaming suggest that it will be fairly dry even in the steep chop that often comes up in the western Solent, which makes me wonder if it's a local boat?

Wednesday, 22 October 2014


It looks like a giant mackerel has been landed down at one of our local marinas.

Closer inspection shows that it's a fantastically realistic finish on one of the local meter class boats (a 12 Meter I'm guessing but I didn't have a tape measure).

Monday, 20 October 2014

Racers Return

As the nights draw in, the days grow shorter and cooler racing in autumn can often be a cold and gloomy experience.

But occasionally there is a fine weekend with late afternoon sunshine as the crews make their way back to harbour.

A good breeze is still blowing and the late afternoon sunlight becomes saturated with colour.

Barely 2 weeks ago the winter weather seems to be rushing in.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Fowey Classics

A few classic boats seen around Fowey.

 No idea what this boat is, long and lean she has classic long overhangs at bow and stern.

From a distance this looked like a Harrison Butler, but I've been nown to be wrong on more than one occasion.

One my all time favorites a Troy class ashore at Fowey Boat Yard and looking immaculate.

A Fowey River class out for a Sunday afternoon sail, it was pretty blustery so heading up river to the more sheltered stretches was probably a wise decision,