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Achilles owners East coast mini rally

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Mike A1 says:

Since Malcolm suggested the idea, we could aim to coincide with the dates of his and Linda's cruise, so I suppose that would be the weekend of 20/21st June.

Somewhere on the Orwell would suit me best but I could get to the Blackwater too. I can think of several possibilities for either of these. It would be nice to do some sailing together but we could also meet somewhere that would suit anyone who wanted to come by car.

Anyone else interested? If the dates/locations I proposed don't suit then feel free to suggest others...
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Skykomish E29 says:

that sounds good Mike we shall endeavour to get to the Orwell for that weekend... or an alternative if it comes up in the meantime.
I think we have a couple of members in that areaish I think Neptunes Nephew is at Walton Backwaters???????
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Skykomish E29 says:

looks like it might be just the two of us Mike...the smallest Rally in history..hahaha!
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craig48uk says:

Not quite, I'm going to be out on my own next week!
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Skykomish E29 says:

oh yes I forgot the BVI Achilles owners Rally...hahahah
Mike Xantho has flickr mailed me and may well be coming along with another A24, so that would be 4 possibly 5 boats getting a nice group together....
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trojan soldier says:

hello all,
I have just been reading the comments regarding a meet on the East coast, may I ask where you intend to gather? Sorry for not contributing anything for a while but have not been sailing for quite a time. Regarding sail numbers my 9m is 045 & named Trojan, we are located in Brightlingsea.
best regards,
Rod
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Skykomish E29 says:

Welcome back Rod, so far the suggestion is somewhere on the Orwell but we are all flexible it seems.
We (Linda and I) are cruising up from the Swale and spending a week exploring the various East Coast rivers with the ultimate aim of being on the Orwell for the W/E 20th/21st june as this was a suggestion from Mike who is based there for us to meet.
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trojan soldier says:

Hi,
Thank you for the information, I hope the weather is kind to you both for your criuse. Sailing up the coast to the Orwell and beyond sounds very nice. I would recommend trying for the Deben if you have time, its a really nice river to sail and explore. I will try and get up to meet you for the 20/21st of June, I will probably be single handing but its not too far if the weather is right. By the way I have some articles concerning the Achilles 9M, prehaps you might like to look over them, for the website!
Can you give me your call sign or yacht ID? I can give your a shout on CH16 nearer the weekend mentioned. If you call into B/sea harbour , my berth is on the inside of the North pontoon between the 4th & 5th pile, look for a washed out Yellow hulled Achilles.
Rod
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Skykomish E29 says:

Boats name is Aeolus we will probably be calling into Brightlingsea enroute anyway not sure when but seems a popular stop off point for cruisers.
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Mike A1 says:

It's good to hear that there are few more boats and people that may be able to come along. My suggestion for a location is Shotley marina on Saturday 20th but if anyone has any alternative ideas then that's fine with me.

Brightlingsea is a nice place to visit (as are lots of other places in the Blackwater/Colne area). Very helpful harbourmaster - give him a call on the VHF once you are in the harbour and he will sort you out a berth on the pontoons.
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Skykomish E29 says:

Rod, Are you able to scan them into your computer, the artcles I mean, if so Norman is your man as he is constructing the website, so drop him a line and I am sure that he would be delighted to hear from you.
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pjbharrison says:

Good morning, Malcolm.
Up at dawn again I see! Is it an early start or night shift?
Enjoy the cruise - wish I could attend the rally
Paul
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Skykomish E29 says:

early start then a few days off..yippeeee!! We shall try we have been trying to do this for the past couple of summers and been beaten by time and weather combination hopefully better luck this time!!
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trojan soldier says:

hi Malcolm/ a24 aeolus,
Will try and get my daughter to scan the articles and post to Norman. I'm not too computer lierate you see.
Rod.
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Skykomish E29 says:

No probs Rod, I am sure that if your daughter can scan them onto your computer you could then post them to here and Norman could do the rest for you
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NormanKlipspringer is a group administrator NormanKlipspringer says:

Yes just scan them in and post to the group. I can then link to them from the main web site.
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cat5cable says:

Malcolm if your in the orwell maybe a trip to ipswich docks and an overnight stay, loads of places to eat and breakfast at neptune cafe, if you do get to ipswich we are in neptune marina berth e13 give us a call solar logus ufo 31.

timmy
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Skykomish E29 says:

will do Tim, I must say I was tempted to go all the way to Ipswich as i did a training course there many years ago and loved the town, lots of very pretty girls, not that I will be able to appreciate them with Linda in tow
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Mike A1 says:

I'm still planning to meet up with Malcolm and Linda at Shotley Marina on Saturday evening. It will be great if other owners and boats can join us.

If anything changes in the next few days I'll add a message here. If you send me your mobile number by Flickr mail I'll pass on any last minute changes.
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b.mercer says:

Hi All,

I have got my boat round to West Mersea yesterday...... brilliant sail until we reached Bench Head and one of the genoa winches locked up and made very nasty noises. Unless I can find a way to remove the allen key fitting etc and find parts I am not at all sure I can attempt the Wallet again. Any advice?
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neptunesnephew says:

Hi there, Sorry to hear about your winch mishap. From my own experience, the waters around Bench Head have this effect on winches.
What make of winch is it as their construction differs slightly from make to make? My own recent experience is only with Lewmar winches. However, there are very few moving parts in a sheet winch, just a few cogs , some bearings and some spring loaded pawls which work in the ratchet system to prevent the winch from "going into reverse".
From what you say, it appears that the winch seized up suddenly. I would suspect that one of the springs operating on a pawl in the ratchet system, has either broken or become dislodged, thereby jamming the operation of the pawl and rest of the winch. There is very little else that can go wrong.
I would suggest that you first go on to the winch manufacturer's web site as, if they are still in business, many of them have downloadable service manuals with instructions on how to dismantle.
Hope this is of some help.
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busy home [deleted] says:

If its the original brass winch, its an Imperial allen key, which needs tapping in .. you can be in big trouble if you burr the screw up by slipping with a smaller metric key. When youve undone it the centre will pop out , or lift the whole thing off, Look at my exploded photos on here ... If the little fly springs are broken you are in big trouble , not much else will actually break,, They are very simple things dont panic, ...... When reassembling push pawls in and rotate ..
Parts are no longer available ,,
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Mike A1 says:

I had to dismantle my sheet winches a couple of weeks ago. Neither had given any problems before, but for some reason they both started jamming or slipping on exactly the same day. (I was nowhere near Bench Head at the time.) Mine are the original Barlow winches, and I needed to undo a large slotted screw to take them apart.

Alternatively, I suppose you could try squirting some WD 40 to see if that helps? Obviously not if something is actually broken, but it may make it easier to dismantle.

If it was an emergency, you may be able to take the sheet to the other winch, perhaps with a suitable block if the winch is really jammed.

Good luck!
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Mike A1 says:

I found out today that there are no spaces at Shotley Marina on Saturday. We should be able to get into Suffolk Yacht Harbour (Levington Marina) so I think we should aim to meet there.

Up to now there are 4 boats which should be coming, but if anyone else can join us send me a Flickr e-mail by 6pm tomorrow and I'll keep you updated with any further changes.
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Skykomish E29 says:

Hi all, We have arrived back home safely, pictures to follow , though as I see several have already made it to the site.
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and the weekend get together rounded it off a treat.
Thanks to those that came along it was nice to meet you all, hope that you too got home safely.
Linda and I are for an early night as we were up at 0245 a.m. to catch the 03.25 tide from the Owell, got back to Conyer 12.50 p.m. coompletely worn out.... had to motor all of the way due to virually zero wind and what there was proved dead on the nose.... I can still hear the drone of that outboard!!!!!!
We survived 10 days aboard an A24 without killing each other or gettin divorced.... however we are contemplating the possibility of an 840 or 9 m ... it would make just soooooo much difference!
I will post pictures and narrative when i have had some sleep.

Thanks again to all those who turned up at the weekend and were so friendly you are a great bunch.
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Daddsie says:

Just having returned from Cowes, Josie is contemplating a bigger boat after having to share with five blokes!
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NormanKlipspringer is a group administrator NormanKlipspringer says:

Glad to see you all had a good time on the east coast. I had a sort of small getting together when Bob Crane and Zephyrus (840) dropped in for a few days at Burry Port. Lovely to see him and Joan.
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busy home [deleted] says:

Lindas contemplating a bigger boat after having to share with one!!
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Skykomish E29 says:

What does that tell you Ron.?.. I'm as good as five blokes anytime...hahaha
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Skykomish E29 says:

WE got pipped to the post with a very nice 840 down in Chichester, looked a real dream with completely new equipment throughout to take part in this years Azores and back challenge, looked a bargain at £14750, but sold!
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