Perfect summer weather at last, at least for a few days. My first night on board this year, for a variety of reasons. I sailed out into Poole Bay and around Studland. Then back in to anchor off Jerrie's Point, with just two other boats in sight.
In the morning I failed to get away in time and ended up firmly aground just yards from where I had been anchored. I was going to be stuck for a good two hours, so as it was a firm bottom, I got out and scrubbed the boat before going for a walk to Studland peninsula to one of the beautiful lakes in the heath. Many birds around including large egrets, which I have never seen there before, but have seen in India man times.
Eventually I got underway for Christchurch, but there was so little wind I gave up on that, with no desire to motor all day. I motored across Poole Bay to Old harry Rocks and anchored there. Swimming and snorkeling in clear water. then I rowed my dinghy around No Man's Island and Old Harry, cutting through one of the natural arches on the way. Felt very small. Then sailed slowly to Studland beach for a walk and a swim. Sailed down wind under main and mizzen alone, and she held her course remarkably well. Finally motored from Studland back to my mooring. I have been using the Navionics charts on my mobile phone, which worked very well, but too small to see, and I can't find any way of uploading them to a useful place for viewing. Not a fully developed product.
Next week I am taking Daisy G out of the water and over to Suffolk for the English Raid. Should be interesting.
25 July 2012
21 July 2012
I am planning to build a canoe in the Autumn and my favourite is a linen covered one, sealed with a UV cured linseed oil resin. The kit is produced by a local farmer which makes it interesting. This is a video of one he has just built, which I had a paddle in. It is very stable and goes like a rocket with a double paddle. The skin is semi-transparent, which makes it interesting.
16 July 2012
It was a nice day out, but sun and warmth would be welcome. In July!
13 July 2012
Damaged the cabin hatch when I was leaning hard against it. A strip of plywood cracked off the back. Not serious and I shall reglue it when I have her back home.
8 July 2012
The weather has been so poor that I have not been out for nearly two weeks. The outlook is still bad. My sail bag has arrived and is all ready to be fitted to the boom. I hope that I will get down there again soon.