Tag Archives: Sailing

A True River Cruiser

An inspiration came into my mind today, that of pursuing the role of my little plastic Tabur 320 (named Sophia) as a river cruiser, able to go under very low bridges and even be hauled out of the water for … Continue reading

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Fine Sailing

I took my smaller of the two boats out on the Seine, the one which has just undergone a re-rig. I launched from Poses, from the slipway that is closed with a padlock and a bar. Sophia , unlike Sarum … Continue reading

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Σοφíα is re-rigged

The Oppie sail arrived in the post today, and I finalised the length of the spars and the position of the sprit tightening pulley. I reinforced the mast step in the bottom of the boat and it is nice and … Continue reading

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Progress with Σοφíα

As mentioned two postings below, Σοφíα my first boat is getting a re-rig following her humiliation last August. Here she was in 2013. When I bought the Zef hull for Sarum, I transferred the rig to her and sorted out … Continue reading

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Gunkholing

Gunkholing – “is a boating term referring to a type of cruising in shallow or shoal water, meandering from place to place, spending the nights in coves. The term refers to the gunk, or mud, typical of the creeks, coves, … Continue reading

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Boom Preventer

Prevent us, O Lord, we beseech thee, by thy most gracious favour… No, this time, the word prevent is in the modern meaning – to impede, to stop something from happening. Sailing boats are notorious for people being hit over … Continue reading

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Homage à Jacques Sternberg

My thoughts are brought back to Jacques Sternberg who must have been quite a character. He was a journalist and novelist, and sailed a small boat in almost all weathers on the English Channel. Jacques Sternberg was born in Belgium … Continue reading

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