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NormanKlipspringer is a group administrator NormanKlipspringer says:

Moved my boat at long last to Swansea marina yesterday (Mon 31 Mar 2014). I have been looking for a weather window since Christmas but it has been useless. Even yesterday I had to use the engine most of the way - wind on the nose and punching tide, but the rain held off. Got wet from spray not rain. When we were able to sail for a while we ended up in a bit of a squall with winds up to F6.
Anyone planning a visit to Swansea get in touch.
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pjbharrison says:

Had first sail of 2014 yesterday. Crewed on a friend's Moody 29 Bilge keeler from Malahide to Skerries. Sunny, wind 6-10knts E/SE sailed for an hour or so and then engine as wind died. Had pleasant lunch on board while awaiting tide to ebb enough for us to walk ashore. Nice start to season
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Red Marlin says:

My season starts tomorrow when I fly out to Turkey and Jan comes next week. We will stay in Didim till 18th July as we have family coming out and we want to spend a bit more time in Turkey. Then we start back. Jan has now agreed to sail with me and this will make a big difference as I have gone off single handed a bit. How far will we get this summer ?? Do not know - Italy ? France ? If we make it to the canals need to be aware of flow rates down the Rhone.
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NormanKlipspringer is a group administrator NormanKlipspringer says:

Three great days of sailing from Swansea. Thurs (15), Fri(16) and Sat(17). My cruising chute came into its own in the conditions and was working well with my bowsprit.
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Fast Lex says:

3 days of sailing also for myself, (16 till 19.05) including night sailing on the IJsselmeer ( is a shallow artificial lake of 1100 km² in the central Netherlands). Tried out VHF, plotter and auto pilot, all working very well. Next friday last weekend of " training" before I start preparations for Small Ships Race ! On the 29/30 .05 intend sailing to Ijmuiden and leave the boat there till the dep day, 5th June.
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NormanKlipspringer is a group administrator NormanKlipspringer says:

Good luck and good sailing on your trip. I hope you have some decent weather. Please let us know how you get on with photos If possible.
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Fast Lex says:

Another weekend of training, 30 hours in a row. Everything went well apart from the fact that suddenly my navigation lights went dark, just a fuse replacement.
Coming Friday taking La Vallette to the dutch coast at Ijmuiden. I guess it will take me 2 days to get there since there are a lot of slots and bridges on inland waters. Weather forecast for departure date (05.06) is looking great, +/- wind force 4 , direction SSE. keeping you updated, regards Alex
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bengunn2 says:

Ahhhh! forecasts, if only they became reality. Fingers crossed Alex and good luck, all your work and preparations will be rewarded. Did you find the cause of the blown fuse??

regards Ian.
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Amrum 9171Y says:

Sorry for being 'out of the loop' a lot this year - one of the reasons is this www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/176515/Wayfarer-Round-Britain
On which I am 'Router Rob'. The trip starts on Saturday, and can be followed on www.xtremedinghycruising.com where there is a Yellow Brick tracker. (Don't tell me they're quite mad - I know!!)
I'm also preparing for the ARC + in November on the Najad 460 I helped bring back from Sweden 20 months ago, and have put together a syndicate to buy an Impala 28 for racing in the Bristol Channel. I'll post a photo of her shortly. Lovely boats to sail.
And after repairing Amrum's skeg, she goes back in the water tomorrow so I can do some cruising.
How did I ever fit in time for work?
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busy home [deleted] says:

Beats collecting stamps.
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Amrum 9171Y says:

So true!
I can't wait to get Amrum going again, though. After an Impala she is real luxury! The Impala is fully equipped with 6 bunks, cushions, heads, meths twin burner cooker, etc, etc, but she is not tidy down below, although her controls on deck are great. Tweaker on the main sheet, traveller and back stay led back each side of the cockpit, and Cunningham and kicker each side of the coach roof, so one can fiddle with everything to one's heart's content! It's the 3rd Impala at the club, so we are starting to get some great one design racing, although we are usually 3rd at present.
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busy home [deleted] says:

Get a Hustler 25.5 and come first!
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Amrum 9171Y says:

We don't have any other Hustlers to race against (more's the pity, as they are lovely boats), and it's the one design aspect I like - no trying to get a good handicap, just sailing skill on the water (although a good set of sails helps!)
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Amrum 9171Y says:

Hafren set sail this morning and can be tracked on www.xtremedinghycruising.com. The tracker was working last time I looked as they sail from Weymouth round Portland Bill and then on across Lyme Bay.
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Fast Lex says:

Hi Guys, on 1/06 left Zeewolde and sailed to Ijmuiden ( see photos) , took me +/- 9 hrs, mostly on engine since winds were very low and if any were from bow. Last preparations for the SSR2014, tomorrow (04/06) last few checks and at 20.00 the go/ no go decision meeting will be held . We leave on 5/06 at 06.00 hrs. Visibility is good, no showers, Wind SW 5BFT. On the whole should be a pleasent journey to Lowestoft, ETA +/- 13.00 Hrs on 6/06! Keeping you updated. Regards Alex
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b.mercer says:

Best of luck, Lex. Thursday looks like a great day . I think the stronger wind will have moved north ahead of you. Do be prepared to reef early and be clipped on especially at night as you get tired.
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bengunn2 says:

Good luck Lex,
We might even drive up to Lowestoft on Friday as we have very little water in Rye.
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pjbharrison says:

Sailing to Oban tomorrow, Thursday 5th June, from Craobh
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spearhead_027 says:

Aw heck! I've an all-day trip to Glasgow on Thursday....
Will you still be around on Friday morning?
Ian.
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Andreww500 says:

Hi Fast Lex, good. luck with the crossing, hope the weather holds for you.When do you expect to make land fall? Regards Andrew
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A264 Clytie says:

Good luck Lex, the boat - as usual - looks in great condition.
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pjbharrison says:

Hi Ian.
Skipper had a fall and injured his back. He has to fly home so I'm heading back to Dublin with the boat via Crinian canal tomorrow.
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busy home [deleted] says:

Ive been to the Crinian canal seven times( fourteen weeks)..(by land) we had friends who lived there..
STUNNING scenery .Loved it.
Easy to navigate . Suggest you stop for a night bout half way.
Ardrishaig .. they close the main road for you to get out.
Enjoy..
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BERT A24 says:

Sorry you had to cut your trip short Paul. If you get time call in to the bar at the Crinan Hotel for a beer and a bite to eat. Tell Nick that Bert from Lady Mystere was asking about him (used to be a regular haunt of ours for years every July) Also beautiful fresh bread from the coffee shop and bakery beside the basin.
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pjbharrison says:

Hitched a lift on a boat to Oban. Just arriving now. Will get a taxi back to Craobh tomorrow and start back
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Amrum 9171Y says:

Hafren has arrived in Holyhead at 0445 this morning having left Fishguard 24 hours ago. They made Portland Bill to Dale in one leg of 67 hours, then after a couple of days rest in the rain in mini tents in Dale went round to Fishguard. Not bad going so far in a Wayfarer!
If anyone is near their route in an Achilles as they pass, feel free to give them a shout, and I'm told that croissants are much appreciated in the early hours! You can track their progress under the Mapping heading on www.xtremedinghycruising.com.
They will be off to Port St Mary tomorrow early.
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Freebird 1011 says:

Coming late to this discussion as I have been unable to log in? (Operator stupidity) Freebird will be leaving Westport early tomorrow 9th Bound for Port Ellen, Islay then north as the wind blows possibly Oban? Anyone want to meet for a pint would be delighted to oblige.
Thinking of going through the Crinan canal Single handed. Anyone know if this is possible or should I just go round the Mull? need to be in Rothesay for my mums 80th on the 18th June
I will update as phone coverage, battery power and operator stupidity allow.
Duncan.
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busy home [deleted] says:

I seem to remember a chappy on a bike who was helping....... a fee perhaps?
Im sure help from other yachts would be forth coming.
Its very laid back.. no pressure,,, but think two people necessary to slack off as the water drops
A very beautiful place. well worth the effort,
The tide rip at the mull is spectacular.. !!!!!
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busy home [deleted] says:

Why do I have to log in more often now .. even when I ask to be kept logged in. Then my password is not recognised???
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busy home [deleted] says:

Where is Fast Lex?? Nothing on the net...... only a report on last year???
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Super Snoopy 050 says:

Looks as if the Lowestoft trip was cancelled due to high winds and they went somewhere else in the Netherlands.
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pjbharrison says:

Just came through the Crinian canal with just 2 on board. They no longer offer assisted passages to shorthanded boats. Don't try it with less than 3. It can be hard work. I wouldn't do it again. It's beautiful but not worth the effort for me. It's only open between 8.30 and 5 pm. Locks are closed outside these hours. Bring a horn for approaching bends and bridges. Staff are very pleasant and helpful. Fee for license to use canal is 91 pounds. Don't expect to pass through in a day. Staff try to pack a few boats into each lock to save water so you may have to wait for an hour for a boat behind you. Sides can be very shallow so slow to a crawl when meeting other boats. Expect idiots.
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Fast Lex says:

Hi guys, here a short update on what went on last weekend, as wind gales up to 30 knots were forecasted between Iijmuiden & Lowestoft, the SSR2014 was at first postponed from 06.00 at 11.00 hrs. At 11.00 hrs I had to take a decision and since the forecast was of 35 knts for the first 8 hrs before the night I decided to step down together with another 14 boats. The other 14 boats (3 solo) left IJmuiden at 12.00 hrs. By 16.00 hrs 5 had returned after 18 miles out at sea. 3 boats returned by 20.00 hours, which 1 (etappe 22) had to be rescued by Dutch coast guard because of a damaged rudder. Eventually during the night wind had gales up to 43 knots and by Friday morning 60 miles away from Lowestoft there was completly no wind. The first arrived by engine at 20.45 on Friday evening. In total 6 boats made it to the finish. So for the remainig +/- 20 boats at IJmuiden the organization made a new route, We would leave IJmuiden and head towards north Texel Island, saturday sail south to Enkhuizen, and Sunday up to everyone when to leave the group. I sailed all round till Enkhuizen and yesterday sailed back to my home harbour. The disappointment was great but I did not regret the decision I took, I would have never made it on my own with those weather conditions! I enjoyed my sailing weekend especially to see La Vallette for the first time in the north sea towards Texel. Everything went well, all preparations were not in vain and definately will try again next year!! Thanks for your support and will keep you updated with some photos during the journey! Regards to all , Alex
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spearhead_027 says:

Well done, Alex - you made the right choice.
It would have been a terrible shame if you had got wrecked after all that work.
You can indeed fight another day, perhaps choose another weekend with better weather.
Ian
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AchillesHeeled says:

Alex, how frustrating. I did think of you on Thursday and Friday as it was jolly windy here in Southampton. A gale in the North Sea is definitely best avoided!
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bengunn2 says:

Good decision Alex, are you happy with the way the Achilles has performed during your alternate voyage?
Ian
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Fast Lex says:

bengunn2:

Yes indeed Ian, I was very pleased to sail for the first time a Achilles in the choppy north sea. However I was surprised how slow it was, at wind force 4/5 I had a speed of 6.1 knots on my plotter. So I am wondering was I that heavy? With all the reserve gear and food for 5 days? Is there a table which tells me which speed I can reach at each gale? What about you guys at which maximum wind force did you push your Achilles and what speeds did you reach?
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NormanKlipspringer is a group administrator NormanKlipspringer says:

Your calculated hull speed is just under 6 knots. To go faster you have to have lots of power (motor or wind) and be pushing the water rather than sliding through it. our plotter is of course giving speed over the ground. You need to take into account any tide flowing at the time to get the rue speed over the water. At higher than 4/5 you will be reefing and so in my experience you won't go much faster. The fastest point of sail is approx. on a broad reach i.e. apparent wind on the beam. Hope this is helpful.
By the way well done on your sail - much braver than me.
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SHAMAL411 says:

Hi,
Well the theoretical hull speed for the A24 is about 5.9 knots ( sq root of the waterline in feet times 1.34 ) so with that wind I guess you were at maximum speed plus a bit of help from the tide .
The A24 is driven quite easily and we get about 5.5 knots in a F3 and at F4 are nearer to hull speed . Other variables are of course how much sail you have up and the sea state . In light winds being heavily laden can lead to a little loss of speed .
Our sense of speed is much more subjective and personally I find the A24 quite lively .
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A264 Clytie says:

Well done Lex, good decision.

I agree with all comments about hull speed, however in a blow I would reduce sail as much as possible without compromising speed. Ie, no point having all sail up and doing 6 knots when a reefed main and a few turns on the roller reefing genny will provide the same speed from a safer, smaller sail area - especially in unpredictable conditions.
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busy home [deleted] says:

My Achilles all reached 6 kts + in a F3,,,,
Try dumping the sea anchor ... sorry out board to achieve an extra knot.
(the weight that far back is enough to dig the stern in and slow you right down)
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Andreww500 says:

Good effort Lex and as others have said you made the right decision. Had my eye on the forecast, did look a bit frisky. There's always next year. Regards Andrew
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Fast Lex says:

Thanks guys! Next SSR 2015 is on 21.05.2015!
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CaptainStarfire says:

last Sunday was my first solo sail in Aquarius. Being used to soloing a 2-man dinghy I thought "How hard can this be?" So off I went for a few bumps and grinds on the Thornbury jetty, followed by a quick once round the cans in the Severn, moor back up then off to the clubhouse for tea and medals. Like they say, an Achilles 24 will take care of you. Once I worked out how to lock the tiller to hold course just long enough for me to hoist the main using the roller reefing system it all went pretty well (meaning I didn't hit anything/fall overboard/sink/get yelled at by the dinghy racers). Tremendous fun in light winds. now for Cardiff!
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ronalddustow says:

Bicycle inner tube or climbers streechy rope ,jammed into to the auto pilot pin.
Welcome
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Fast Lex says:

CaptainStarfire:

Welcome James, what about some photos of your Achilles? Regards Alex
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SHAMAL411 says:

Welcome to Captain Starfire , we're also at the cappucino end of the Bristol Channel and based at Pill on the Avon,will keep an eye out for you .
Norman has entries giving advice on rigging up for going solo through locks . At Cardiff and Portishead locks the water can flood in at a ferocious rate especially if you are up front , and be prepared to raft up if its busy .
Cardiff Yacht Club is aways very welcoming and has free visitors pontoons that's our destination this coming weekend .
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Amrum 9171Y says:

Captain Starfire's Aquarius is ex-Julie 3, Pete Whiitingham's last Achilles, and a lovely boat. Peter lent it to me for a couple of months about 5 or 6 years ago, and I bought Snifter (also originally owned by Peter!) as a direct result. Great to see her back on the water and in good hands. We had a great sail up to Berkeley Pill last Friday in her. Lovely boat!
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PhilJazz says:

I was in East Lanion on Tuesday when I spotted an A24 called Canna. It brought back memories of 1984 (nothing to do with Orwell). At that time, I spoke to Chris Butler asking if he had any boats for charter. He had just taken Canna in px, and agreed to let me have her for a week. Me and my wife sailed from Swansea, past the Gower and along the Pembrokeshire coast, stopping at Tenby and Saundersfoot, including a circumnavigation of Caldey Island. It was a great first (second really) adventure as skipper in a sailing boat. Happy days!
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Amrum 9171Y says:

Great story, Phil Jazz. You remember those sails forever.
For anyone who may be interested, Hafren ( www.xtremedinghycruising.com ) Is leaving Felixstowe Ferry at about 0400 tomorrow to sail round the last British corner and get to Dover. If achieved, she will have taken 29 days so far, and then just has to get to Weymouth next week. There is an easterly forecast for Monday and Tuesday.
Why do I never get weather like that when I want to sail anywhere?
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Fast Lex says:

Last weekend, nice weather in the Netherlands, howerver very low winds hardly 3 bft, any way 2 full days of relaxation.
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NormanKlipspringer is a group administrator NormanKlipspringer says:

Yesterday, Sunday, I went for sail with my Tohatsu 8hp 2 stroke installed for the first time. Noticed how quiet it is compared to the 6hp 4 stroke. Also it seems to get to speed quicker except in reverse were it took longer to bite. This is probably the prop which is not the high thrust prop of the sailpro 6 hp. Going out through the Tawe lock a voice came to me from above. It was Louie (of Ed and Louie and A24 Shamal from Portishead). After my short sail I caught up with them in the marina. Lovely to meet up again. They certainly love to cruise the Bristol channel.
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busy home [deleted] says:

Glad your happy.
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NormanKlipspringer is a group administrator NormanKlipspringer says:

You're back in the land of living I see Ron. Did you have a good break?
More than happy with engine. Thanks for your help.
BTW saw 8.1 knots under sail on my chartplotter!!!!
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busy home [deleted] says:

We dont get 4kt tides down here...
Yes a few days asleep.. in the camper.
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PhilJazz says:

Amrum: yes, I have a few memorable sailing adventures. Nothing spectacular, no storms, no one lost overboard in the dark, just fantastic sailing. I'm in need of another good sail sooooon. The last good one was August 1012 when I did an overnight run from Penarth to Milford Haven. It was fantastic! If only I didn't have to work, I'd then have more time to sail ;-)
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pjbharrison says:

Only got Boomerang's engine running last Friday so I've only been taking part in bay races and not venturing further. Hopefully I'll get to make a few trips now.
Won the last 2 Wednesday evening races and Boomerang has been performing well with her new sails so can't really complain. She points really well and cuts through the waves in comfort.
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spearhead_027 says:

You'd better watch that you don't get your handicap sliced!
Ian
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hotfoot_24 says:

Brilliant days racing in Flushing regatta yesterday. Where are all the A-24's? There must be at least 6 in Carrick roads. We could have our own one-design class start ........
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Fast Lex says:

Last Thursday did some fantastic sailing, adjusted the main sail as adviced, reached 6.2 knots with wind force 4. We left at 19.00 hrs and returned past midnight. Temperature at the moment is great in Holland!! Will attach some pics in the group. rgs to all.
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Fast Lex says:

Thursday 31.07 I'm going on holiday, so probably not much interaction on La Vallette & Flickr.
Should return on the 11.08 and step on La Vallette for a sailing trip to Amsterdam with the whole family, of course if weather permits. Wishing you all a nice summer holiday! Alex
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Fast Lex says:

Hi All, just had a fantastic week, on a cruise ship Norwegian Jade, from Venice to Croatia, Greece, Turkey and back! This afternoon leaving on La Vallette with the whole family towards Amsterdam. Hopefully another nice week of cruising! :-)) regards to all Alex
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Amrum 9171Y says:

Arrived in Watchet yesterday having sailed over from Barry. The trip on Thursday was typical - thunder and lightning, torrential rain, F6 on the nose and heavily reefed through the worst, then sunshine, F1 and motoring at other times. Amrum was a joy apart from a slight problem with the saildrive, which resulted in a difficult entry to the Watchet berth. Looks like more expense, as if it is, the engine will need to come out again to get at it.
2 Achilles 9Ms, a 24, plus my 840 seen here so far, but 60 boats are booked in for the BCYA East Coast rally, so I'll look for more later.
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spearhead_027 says:

Grateful to hear any further info on the A9m's! I've just chickened out of attendance at an RHYC muster.....
Ian.
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Vidwatts says:

PhilJazz:

Canna currently listed for sale on eBay

www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Achilles-24-Sailing-Yacht-/14137794209...
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Amrum 9171Y says:

Great weekend in Watchet, and saw and spoke to Jobiska, Sailing Bye, Manana, and Spirit of Eirann. Sorry, Sailing Bye - I didn't have a chance to accept your invitation for a visit before you left. There was a spectacular fireworks display on Saturday night, lots of wind on Sunday and Monday for those who had to get back then, and a pleasant f3 to 5 on Tuesday for my sail over to Cardiff. Mike the engineer at Watchet found something he could fix on the engine controls, and it went fine on Tuesday, so hopefully I've avoided big expense for now. We'll see.
I left the boat at CYC for a couple of days, and return today for the Extreme 40s racing in Cardiff Bay over the weekend.
I'll post some pics shortly.
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Fast Lex says:

Well, Holidays are over ! We had first a fantastic cruise trough the Mediterreanean sea and last week passed it on La Vallette. We went all the way to Amsterdam ( from Zeewolde), spent 6 nights on the boat, and yes sometimes we felt like sardines ! :-)) . From tomorrow we can start sailing again on a daily basis. I 'll post some pics shortly! regards to all! Alex
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Fast Lex says:

Here 's a video on the Small Ships race 2014. Here it becomes quite visible why I decided not to leave Ijmuiden. But definately hope for a second chance next SSR 2015, May 22nd!
vimeo.com/107912919
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Amrum 9171Y says:

Great video. Looked a very tough race.
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pjbharrison says:

Perfect conditions for an Achilles!
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AchillesHeeled says:

Superbly produced video, and hats off to those who made it to Lowestoft. Alex - at the beginning of the video we see a lady looking at an isobar map on a tablet. Do you know which site or app she was using? Regards Rob
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pjbharrison says:

Hi Rob,
For Android I've used "PocketGrib Lite"
It's not as fancy as the one in the video but quite useful as you can zoom into a small area of interest and it downloads a 3 day video of expected winds and rain. The file size is tiny so it doesn't use much data.
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AchillesHeeled says:

Oh thank you, that's a great app!
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PhilJazz says:

Vidwatts: sorry I missed your post about Canna. When I sailed her the asking price was £7,500 (in 1984). At the time she had been taken in px by Achilles Yachts. How times change.
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Fast Lex says:

cejenika24:

I tought it is "Windguru" but will check and come back to you!
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Fast Lex says:

cejenika24:
Hello,
The Isobar map is an Android App called: Weather Pro. If you pay for the premium version you can see it. Regards Alex
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rothwell_neil says:

Notice Daddsie snuck into PBO on page 10, letting off dodgy flares by the look of it!
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AchillesHeeled says:

Thanks Alex, will have a look at it. Rob
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Fast Lex says:

Today a fantastic sailng sunday! Who would ever have tought that in the 3rd week of October we would have temperatures of 23 deg. and would be sailing with a t-shirt !
Fantastic wind force 4 and no swells. Posted some videos and photos in the group!
regards to all, Alex
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Fast Lex says:

So all nice things come to an end! Yesterday (23/11) was the last day for sailing La Vallette in 2014. It has been a fantastic year with 47 days of sailing. Will be taking it out of the water next saturday and start working on some maintenance troughout the winter.........................
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PhilJazz says:

Fast Lex: sounds like you had a good year. Mine was a disaster. First I had problems getting my boat out into the yard (my fault as I was not available due to work pressure) then because my insurer would not cover me until I pulled a keel bolt I was delayed getting back into the water. Having got back in I then crashed on my mountain bike putting me in hospital for 3 days with concision and multiple injuries and off work for 5 weeks (and I have a desk job). By the time I was able to crank a winch the season was over :( I have serious withdrawal symptoms! And this I think is going to be my last season with this boat (Achilles 840) as we want something bigger (and that can take the ground). So it is good to hear that someone had a good season. I'm jealous :)
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Fast Lex says:

www.pbo.co.uk/gear/14-tablet-navigation-apps/ interesting article!
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rothwell_neil says:

I have been using the Navionics for the UK and use the Europe version for chartering in Croatia and think it is the dogs. I also use it in the cockpit in a waterproof cover and now it has the nav module think it is even better. I know that a chart plotter is marinised but as you can have Navionics on the phone and tablet then at least you do have a back up.
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Fast Lex says:

Took out La Vallette out of the water last saturday (29/11), latest possible day because the crane would stop. The hull under the waterline is ok, just a few new osmosis blisters to be tackeld. However the keel needs a good clean up as its very rusty. The primer I used wasn't very good, will look up for better. The target date I have in mind is to have it ready by the 14th March, as this is the first working day of the crane!
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spearhead_027 says:

Bondaglass-Voss G4.
We command you to take Christmas Day off from boat work, so do enjoy it!
Ian
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A264 Clytie says:

Take Christmas Day off?? Never!! You've got to fit all the goodies Father Christmas brought you!! ;-)
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rothwell_neil says:

I am pleased with the condition of my keel, grit blasted, 5 coats of epoxy undercoat and then intercoat to bond the antifouling. Only spot of rust is where looks like I hit something, think it was a shopping trolley coming out of Whitehaven marina.
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spearhead_027 says:

Yes - so long as you don't chip it, an epoxy coating is excellent. However, when you do (and the bottom of the sea is very hard round here) the water gets under the remaining edges and rust follows.
G4 sticks better to cast iron (and concrete, for which it was originally designed) and retains a slight flexibility and good abrasion resistance. Just leave it to weather before you apply antifouling. Peter Poland put me onto it about 40 years ago!
Ian
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b.mercer says:

Ian, is this the pond sealer you are talking about ? Which product do you use and is there any preparation you need for the metal ...shiny as new like with epoxy ? I have just stripped my keel and skeg/rudder in preparation for using VC tar perhaps.
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BERT A24 says:

G4 Damp Seal
Description :

A moisture cured damp sealant, hard wearing concrete floor seal. When sheathing boat hulls, G4 is used as a bonding primer between the polyester resin and the wood and/or metal. The hull should be dry and down to the bare wood or metal, apply the G4, and leave until finger tacky (but no longer than 4 hours), then the GRP laminate can be applied. Consumption is approximately 200g/sq mt on wood and 165g/sq mt on metal.

G4 is recommended by all the major polyester resin manufactures as a bonding primer between polyester resin (G.R.P.) and materials such as wood, metal and concrete. It is widely used by roofing contractors when applying glassfibre roofs. Brush on a coat of G4 to the clean base substrate. As soon as it is finger tacky but within 4 hours apply the polyester resin and glassfibre (G.R.P) laminate.

Been using it for years. Only downside is if you have half a tin left decant it into a smaller container to exclude as much air as possible. Otherwise when you want to use it again a few months later it's only fit for the bin.
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spearhead_027 says:

Bob - it is indeed also sold as a pond sealer (so often obtainable from garden centres) and I always used it on top of well-abraded keel with a wipe of Jenolite first.
Bert - thank you for saving me a lot of typing!
Ian.
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rothwell_neil says:

Ok so you just paint this on then let it dry and then apply antifouling?
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spearhead_027 says:

2 or 3 coats, depending on smoothness/porosity of the casting; leave well alone for several weeks while you do everything else; optionally give a rub-down to any shiny bits; then apply the anti-fouling. Wunderbar......
If you anti-foul too soon, it goes all wrinkly!
Ian.
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Super Snoopy 050 says:

I wish I'd known about this last year when I put 5 coats of 2 pack epoxy and 2 coats of equally expensive primer onto my freshly exposed cast iron keel! Seems to have done the trick though.
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BERT A24 says:

See the G4 brochure here; www.cfsnet.co.uk/acatalog/G4_DampSeal_Brochure.pdf
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busy home [deleted] says:

I have a Origo 3000 in Carrie . It smells when lit.
Has anyone used EKO FUEL..
Does it smell as bad.?
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NormanKlipspringer is a group administrator NormanKlipspringer says:

I use meths in my Origo. Smells just great. Not tried EKO fuel.
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busy home [deleted] says:

What brand meths?
I m told some is less smelly?
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rothwell_neil says:

Surgical Spirit or Rubbing Alcohol burns best of all. 70% denatured alcohol and 30% iso propyl alcohol. No smell and best heat with lowest soot. Denatured alcohol also works well, both available from industrial cleaning/chemical suppliers for way less than meths. I paid £10 for a gallon.
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busy home [deleted] says:

Great! Thanks . Brilliant site aint it.
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NormanKlipspringer is a group administrator NormanKlipspringer says:

I have Barrettine. 5litres about £12.99 plus pp online. www.wood-finishes-direct.com/product/barrettine-meths. I like the smell!!!!
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