Archive for December, 2003

RYA Day Skipper Practical Week, Largs

Nick Stevens As we set off on an ominously windy Saturday afternoon from Largs Yacht Haven, I think we all felt a little trepidation at what was to come in the following week. Little did we know what the next 24 hours would bring. Tony, our instructor, had proudly announced to us a couple of […]

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Log of Pasu

Nigel Swanston This log won the Walker Cup 2003. Menorca to Croatia, via Sardinia, Sicily, the Aeolian Islands and Southern Italy. Mahon (Menorca) to Portoscuso (Sardinia) 200 nms. July 15. On board are Sandy Waring and Tim Cox Leave Mahon late afternoon, NE 3 forecast, but by dusk are punching into a steadily freshening easterly […]

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Slipstream Summertime and the Sailing ain’t Easy

Julie Elliott I’d spent the past few weeks, and a small fortune on charts, preparing for our 3 week summer holiday on board Slipstream, our Beneteau First 31.7. We were aiming for the Orkneys and set off early on midsummer’s day in perfect westerly conditions. As we sailed out through the piers the sun came […]

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Layback in the Orkney Islands

Linda Lane Thornton Andy and I decided on the Orkney Islands as our holiday destination for 2003 some time around Easter, and had spent several evenings discussing passage plans. During the summer we noticed that the wind direction seemed to change every 3-4 days. Consequently, we had two plans. Plan A was a direct route […]

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Josephine’s Summer Cruise

Bruce Grant Josephine of Hoo is a stor Tumlaren designed to the 30 sq m Scandinavian handicap by Knud Reimers in the late 1930s. Tumlaren is Swedish for porpoise; stor is big to distinguish her from the designer’s smaller 20 sq m Tumlaren. She is a distinctive mahogany double ender 32′ LOA, 8′ beam, and 5’6″ […]

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