Monday, 25 May 2009

Goose winged!

Apologies for the interruption to blog service folks - I promise you there's lots going on - it's just that there's not enough time to blog about them which in the grand scheme of things is probably the right way to go about life... do it and then blog!! So for your viewing pleasure the first of a few quick fire posts....

So - it's along weekend in the UK and most of it to date spent on the water - Saturday was a big race day at my local sailing club and I'd volunteered to man one of the rescue boats... bottom line I got to spend the day blasting all over the harbour in a nice comfortable rib, with a huge (for me) 40 horsepower outboard on the back, and better yet a nice little flag that meant the harbour master didn't mind me breaking the speed limit! Good day, though all the racing was delayed which meant we had a bit of a mud walk when we got back in...

Sunday though was a far more gentler experience as my littlest person and I took to the water in Papillon for the day... the outboard may be a tenth of the size, but it was an absolutely cracking day - we got the whole four hours of available tide, loads of sunshine, and although it was a little light at the beginning the wind soon filled in for some truly memorable sailing that had both me and little'un whooping... ace day... all capped off by a goose wing run from the bottom to the top of the harbour - and that has to be the most mellow experience known to man!

A little of what it was about.....

Distance: 8.5 miles (32 miles year to date)
Wind: None to Moderate (Nothing to force 3 perhaps gusting 4)


  1. I agree with recommending Iron Hulls, Iron Hearts I read it early last years after persuading my local library to buy it !! One interesting point among many is that if any Commonwealth unit was defeated by the Italians it was claimed to be the Germans. The was a good example of the NZ claiming this.

  2. Your little sailing video made me jealous!

    I nearly bought Under Enemy Colours the other day so now it looks like I should. For me there is nothing like reading one of these books in a bunk while anchored overnight somewehere like Beaulieu, Chichester or Newtown harbour. One for my summer holiday in Cowes I think!

  3. I am half way through Under Enemy Colours and enjoying it. My garden lounger cannot really compare with your boat but it was a v fine place to be on a sunny bank holiday afternoon with a good book, a long cool drink and no jobs.