It is time for me to pass on the ‘bateau’ on to a new owner. Work commitments, blah..de..blah.. But she deserves to be used and should never be neglected. She is aRead More…
I am really glad that I managed to find ‘hibernation’ for Mary over the lock-down. But it is time to get her back in the water enjoy a sail and make sureRead More…
In my previous blog I spoke of bringing Mary home because the maintenance backlog was exceeding holiday expectations. Well that kind of thing. So now Mary is in Suffolk Yacht Harbour under her lovely cover with the expectation that I address the
I have driven past Genoa and La Spezia a number of times and although the west of Genoa has some beautiful driving roads. Well they were before they filled them with carsRead More…
We , and I say we, because our Nick joined me, had a delay before we could get into the water. So we spent the day in Florence drinking stupidly expensive beerRead More…
As you will know from Nicks posts I have had a cover made for Mary. As described by the Pisa Marina owner ‘she is beautiful’.
After leaving Bosa I decided the next overwintering would be Pisa. I would go up the eastern side of Corsica and head to the mainland. I think the distances around Sardinia wereRead More…
Well I have finally managed to put Mary back in the water and I think the plan is basically to find my way home. The distances here are too great and the contradiction between waiting out mistral and having to fighter 3 weeks holiday once a year has
2015 Mary check in Bosa.
Photo: new keel box seals. I managed to get new blocking plates made by a local carpenter. By all accounts a good man
This blog covers a 2 1/2 week holiday I spent in Sardinia working on Mary.
Before reading this look back at the condition of Mary when I sailed out of Portland in October 2012. During 2013 she was exposed to a lot of strong UV. With the a
As you may remember I managed to damage the bubble just forward of the hatch. After damaging and repairing the hatch itself. This repair scared me far more as a hash job here would be a significant scar on my self confidence.
2014 Winter check on A102 in Bosa.
Photo: Check on Mary. I went back to check on Mary as I wasn’t there when she was hauled out. Although I w
2013 Atalanta Mary lays up in Bosa.
2013 Atalanta Mary Alghero to Bosa, Sardinia.
Photo: Alghero – making do. I guess it is not to compete with a fast cat but getting the most ou
2013 A102 – Corsica!.
Photo: Corsica. I have arrived after an epic 36 hour haul on the motor today but a good 4 hours on spinaker yesterday.
2013 A102 – Out into the Mediterranean.
Photo: Med. I will update the blog soon as I am expecting bad weather. 50km winds. I am anchored in
2013 A102 – Lyon and The Rhone.
2013 A102 – Into the Rhone Valley & R.Saone.
Photo: The Rhone valley. Today I crossed over from the Marne valley to the Rhone valley passing t