After what has seemed like a long winter, the beautiful weather meant it was suddenly time to go sailing again, combining racing and cruising in the best possible way, linking Weymouth and Cherbourg for what promises to be another step forwards in liaison between the clubs.
Because I had replaced the flexible hoses in my gas system following a survey last year, my insurers wanted a ‘gas-safe’ certificate so that one of the things they are insuring me for doesn’t happen! Needless to say, I had left this till the last moment, but I was lucky to get hold of Stuart at the aptly-named Gas Safe Marine, who kindly agreed to test the system first thing on Monday morning; this meant an early passage to the Cove in the chilly Spring mist to meet up with him, and water up at the same time.
Well done to all that worked hard over the long winter evenings and successfully completed their Day skipper theory course.
A BIG thank you to Cathy who's perseverance carried us all over the finish line.
We the happy few are now qualified to go out in any vessels, go anywhere and get lost
As long as the sun is shining !
Last Thursday at Southampton, Feanor was loaded aboard a ship bound for the Carribean!
Feanor has been an inhabitant of Weymouth Sailing Club's moorings since 1988. Under the expert helmsmanship of her owner Jeremy Parkinson she has cruised nearly all the coasts of Europe and Scandinavia from Bergen in Norway to Göçek in Turkey.
Wandering around the Musée de la Marine in Paris the other day, waiting to meet the head of conservation for my research project, I came across the Trophée Jules Verne, which is one that, even if you won it, you couldn’t take home – nor would you want to, given its enormous size (about 10ft.).
The first photo shows club boats rigging and probably about to take part in one of the first club races.
The crane and house in the foreground were still there when I was a child; the crane was for lifting the wooden bridge out so that boats could use the slipway where the main yard now is. The corner of the stone house is still the corner in the path between the yards.
Previously... we seem to have spent the season chasing the resident Sigma 33, Carabot, both around the cans and in the Tour des Ports, to such an extent that my skipper Thierry Lecuru decided that he just had to have one. After some research in England, we found one closer to home, and all that remained to do was to bring it back. Now read on...
Captain’s log Friday morning 2 Sept - 0430 hrs off the Stone Pier for the first time in a few weeks in ‘Aliya’, sails set in a decent SW breeze which had filled in during the last Thursday evening race; Orion, ‘unerring herald of autumn,’ gleaming bright in partial cloud to the SE, right on the nose – France here we come..