Tin Tin's Sailing Calendar

Thursday, 28 April 2016

At last we are off on our adventure!

The last days have been nail biting as we waited to see whether generator parts would arrive in time to fix it before our depart.  Added to that the weather forecast looked bad for our first leg to Torquay, so I was concerned to get going a bit earlier while we could. in the end the generator was fixed and running smoothy at 3pm on Wednesday and 15 minutes later Mark and I were heading out to sea.
Mark at the helm as we leave the Needles behind in snow storm
 The weather was dramatic with towering snowstorms sweeping across the land, and we motored into a stiff breeze up the Solent and as far as Hurst Narrows before we could set sail and make our course.
Intense rainbows

Old Harry and Poole in snow and sleet

The sun sets behind the Purbecks with Portland Bill ahead
 By sunset we were out of a sleet storm and the most intense rainbows we had ever seen, and into clearing skies as the sun set behind St Alban Head, with Portland Bill lying dark against the red sky.

We stood three hour watches through the night, icy cold with a completely clear starlit sky, as Jupiter, Mars and Saturn made their way from horizon to horizon, dipping behind Torquay.  At 6 am the sun rose exactly behind Portland Bill astern of us, and we had much needed hot porridge to warm us up.
Sun rise, with Portland Bill just visible astern

Arctic conditions - hot porridge needed

Sketch of sunset over Portland Bill

Harbour porpoises came to greet us 
 As the wind backed from NW 3-4 to SW and strengthened to 5-7 we tacked into Tor Bay accompanied by Harbour porpoises, and made fast alongside the Town Quay, ready to receive Kyle and Rebecca this evening.
TinTin at Town Quay, Torquay

Monday, 25 April 2016

A clean start

A nice clean bottom to start the season -
Freshly anti-fouled

Test sailing the new Parasailor. The parafoil holds the sail open and reduces the need to use a spinnaker pole to hold it out.  It should give us a nice turn of speed on long downwind passages.

The Scallop 

Getting ready to set off Round Britain

We are in the final days of preparation before setting off westwards towards the Scilly Isles on the first leg of our Round Britain attempt.

Today Stuart brought down a beautiful handcrafted emergency tiller, made from the finest ash to be shock resistant with a nice octagonal section, nicely chamfered at the handle end to fit nicely.  It means that if we ever lose hydraulic power to the steering we can still navigate using the emergency tiller.