messing about in boats

About Time Too

Posted in Sailing by Joseph Moore on December 9, 2009

It feels like forever since I went sailing. At last, the weather this Sunday is for a steady F2-3, albeit a bit chilly. I can’t wait, the past two months have been heaven for kitesurfers I’m sure, but just a bit much for some lightweights in a performance catamaran.

Anyway, at least some people have been getting wet…

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Happy Birthday To Me

Posted in Everything Else by Joseph Moore on November 23, 2009

I turned the grand old age of 26 today. Sarah and I took a trip to see the sea, got blown around the Naze at Walton and stopped off at Brightlingsea on the way back. Very windy and a bit damp at times but nice to get some salty air and watch the boats bobbing around on their moorings.

Brightlingsea’s changed a lot since I was last there maybe 10 years ago. There’s now a huge great “marina” development next to the old town slipway. It looks very nice but I’m a little dubious of the U-shaped harbour squeezed in between the apartment blocks: It was southerly facing and not entirely sheltered.

Still, there was a cute little Corribee called ‘Elektra’ tucked away in the corner being thoroughly dwarfed by some shiny wine-tasting platforms with masts and the usual plethora of old wooden boats tucked away in boat sheds and hidden under tarps.

Autumn’s Here

Posted in Sailing by Joseph Moore on October 2, 2009

This is a screenshot of the weather forecast at Grafham Water tomorrow courtesy of – the chilly temperatures and lovely pink colours in the wind boxes mean autumn is well and truly here. Guess who’s going sailing! Looking at the 35 knot gusts I wonder if the lake’s even going to be open for dinghies. Better dig out a warmer wetsuit and take the windsurfing gear just in case.

Windy weather forecast at Grafham Water

Windy weather forecast at Grafham Water