messing about in boats

Dinghy cruising in the Solent

Posted in Sailing by Joseph Moore on October 27, 2010

This is great: “The Solent Cruising Guide for Centreboard Boats” by Cliff Martin. I stumbled across it the other week (hopefully he doesn’t mind me reproducing it here) and it brings back great memories of trips around the Blackwater estuary when I was in the Scouts. Worth a read just to get a different perspective on sailing, even if you only own a boat with a huge lump of metal fixed to the bottom of it…

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Studland Bay Seahorses

Posted in Sailing by Joseph Moore on March 12, 2010

I guess anybody remotely involved with Studland Bay or the YBW forums will have noticed the fierce debate currently raging between the Seahorse Trust, boaters and local residents. I can’t say I’m involved, but I am keeping a close eye on it. There have even been speculations of corruption and misappropriation of grant money – all very exciting, like a bizarre marine soap opera. There’s a fairly good roundup of arguments on the Studland Bay Preservation Association blog if you care to read it, but the jist is that the Seahorse Trust are adamant that boats mooring in the bay are putting the seahorses at risk and many local residents and boaters are disputing the claims and opposing any kind of ban on anchoring in the bay. Crown Estates are currently undertaking a survey to find out what’s-what and the results will be available in 2012.

Studland was infact responsible for my love of cruising in larger boats. I remember being on holiday with my family at a fairly young age, carrying my little inflatable dinghy down the dirt track to the beach, which in itself was amazing – a beach without a horrid esplanade and amusement park behind it! The water was always dead calm and safe to play in provided you kept an eye out for the wash from the ferries which would surface as if from nowhere as it approached the beach and one time capsized a kayaker as it rose up right beside him. So I rowed my little boat around looking at the moored yachts for hours on end.

Then one day for a bit of a treat (as I’d recently taken up dinghy sailing) a friend of the family said he would take us kids for a trip on his yacht. She was only a little bilge keeler, but a boat was a boat and I remember jumping at the chance. We were dropped off at the boatyard in Poole and set sail for Studland in glorious sunshine with a gentle breeze with just the genoa up pulling us along nicely. Soon we were in the bay, set her up on the beach and let the tide go out. I still get that strange feeling when arriving somewhere on a boat. It’s different than the feeling after a long car journey; somehow a lot more special.

As I said above, I’m keeping out of the debate at the moment. I guess my support tends to lie with the local residents views that the moorings prevent much more damaging trawling by fishing boats. I visit Studland (as a land lubber) once a year if I’m lucky. South beach is a beautiful spot and I hope it remains so for everyone involved; including the land animals, birds and marine life.

Wiley Nautical Almanac

Posted in General Boating Stuff, Sailing by Joseph Moore on February 23, 2010

I’d never heard of it before, but for a freebie it’s got some useful info in there so worth a download. The general consensus is it’s pretty handy especially if your book’s on the boat and you’re sat at home wondering where to venture to next…

Wiley Almanac Download

Wiley Almanac Download

Sailing In Scilly

Posted in Sailing by Joseph Moore on February 21, 2010

Been watching scillypeter‘s “Sailing in Scilly” videos this afternoon. Beautiful place and a beautiful day for it! Hopefully I’ll get the opportunity to visit Scilly one day.

Somali Pirates

Posted in Sailing by Joseph Moore on October 29, 2009

I’ve been watching the news coverage about Paul and Rachel Chandler who were sailing their Rival 38A, ‘Lynn Rival’ from the Seychelles to Tanzania when they were attacked by Somali pirates. I’m not sure why, but whenever I hear tales of pirates these days they’re always from Somalia, maybe they’ve been watching too many movies. Anyway, the couple’s boat has been recovered, but no sign of her crew yet. Fingers crossed they turn up safe and sound before too long.

The couple have a blog charting their cruise so far which is well worth a look – there are some stunning photos.

Still, at least the pirates don’t always win

More Sailing Around Britain – On Kudu

Posted in Sailing by Joseph Moore on October 5, 2009

Been reading about Nathan’s Adventures on Kudu this weekend. Check it out, he’s taking quite a different approach to Dylan Winter but it’s ace nonetheless. I’m sure most sailors can empathise with the bits of boat breaking and the amazing ability sailing has to devour what little money you may have. Respect to Nathan for getting on with it, hopefully the adventure will continue next year with Kudu back on the water for the Jester Challenge.

Sailing Round Britain

Posted in Sailing by Joseph Moore on September 30, 2009

Credit goes to my US-based namesake (well, in blog terms anyway) for spotting Dylan Winter’s amazing sailing vlog keep turning left. Despite the cheesy music it’s really enjoyable and informative.

p.s. Sorry for nicking your blog name, Adam. Pure coincidence, I promise!