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Members’ Cruising Logs

Over the years members have written accounts (logs) of their cruises far and wide. The web gives us the opportunity to publish some of these to a wider audience. They are all good yarns and you may find inspiration here when planning your own cruises.

We remain keen to continue to publish cruising logs here, but some members have preferred to run their own websites or blogs of their cruises. Notable among these are:

Logs submitted to this site by members are listed below:

Summer Cruise 2014 – Schuuper – Part 3

24th July – 16th August. Gairloch to Blyth via Orkney After a great ECSW and many family affairs we found our way to Newcastle station for the complex return trip to Baddachro – and the train was running late, which meant we would miss all our connections aaghh ! A little known fact that we […]

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2014 Summer Cruise – Schuuper – Part 2

Read part 1 of this log June 23rd – 12th July. The Irish side of the Irish Sea We returned to Schuuper on early morning flight accompanied by Ian, Sue’s brother. Weather was hot and sunny but no wind, so headed into Dublin for the evening. Caught the Luas along with 500+ teenagers returning from […]

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2014 Summer Cruise – Schuuper – Part 1

Our cruise this year was broadly 3 x 3 week sections, giving us 9 wonderful weeks onboard. A rewarding first Summer of Retirement – and our introduction to The Magic Carpet! Part 1 May 18th – 8th June. Scotland/IOM/Wales/Ireland (should have got a Celtic nations flag) A strong Southerly with rain was not the best […]

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Log of Bolivar 1979 – Summer Cruise to the River Tay

Summer Cruise to the River Tay Thursday 2nd August 1979 Katie was three months to the day as we cleared Blyth at 07.55 heading North, hopefully for Perth up the Tay, and Johnshaven and Gourdon, the three main targets, but hopefully many additional places as well.  The anticipation, planning and dreaming is half the fun […]

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Log of Bolivar 1979 – Holy Island Weekend

13th – 13th July The Holy Island weekend seems fated! Again it was organized for big spring tides which would be foul through the Farnes from 03.00 Saturday for going North and 10.00 Sunday for coming South! It also was arranged only one week before the Holland Race. There was the usuall small fleet: Bolivar, […]

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Log of Bolivar 1979 – The Granton Race

The Boat Bolivar is a, 4 ton Hillyard, built in 1935 and sailed since then on the North East Coast.  With her large areas of varnished teak, bowsprit, and bumkin she looks rather old fashioned even for her time and the layout while extremely comfortable for two cannot be claimed to make maximum use of […]

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Log of Summer Cruise in Stella Peacock 1983

Log of Summer Cruise in Stella Peacock 1983 The plan of cruising the Orkneys and Shetland in Peacock had germinated the previous autumn, had taken root by Christmas and had blossomed during the spring. Charts were borrowed and bought, sailing directions, guide books, maps and almanacs obtained, crews and transport scheduled and the boat prepared, stowed, fuelled […]

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Josephine of Hoo’s Cruise to Scotland 1987

Blyth to Clachnaharry Josephine received no more than a perfunctory lick of varnish, and a coat of anti-fouling, for her winter re-fit in 1986/87. There was much more work to be done on her “tender”, a Mirror Dinghy called M-T. M-T had suffered a stove-in bow in a collision with the safety boat during Cadet Week 1986. In case anyone […]

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Josephine of Hoo’s Cruise to the Shetlands 1986

Blyth to Kirkwall The crew for Josephine‘s 1986 cruise were my brother, Colin, with whom, many years ago, I used to sail on an old GP14 dinghy, and Edward Chester, who readers of Josephine‘s previous logs, will have encountered on her cruise to Denmark in 1984, and to the Dutch Provinces in 1985. This year we decided to forgo […]

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Josephine of Hoo’s Cruise to the Netherlands 1985

Blyth to Ijmuiden (via Whitby) In 1984, Josephine of Hoo cruised extensively in Danish waters. Her crew became so enamoured of flat, tideless seas, sunshine and soft winds, that in 1985 the decision was made to re-sample the luxury of continental sailing, by visiting Holland. The crew were to be Edward Chester and Don MacFaul, […]

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Josephine of Hoo’s Farœs Cruise 1982

  1. Planning 2. The first leg – Blyth to Kirkwall 3. Orkney to Farœ 4. Torshavn 5. Klaksvik, Eidi, Vestmanhavn 6. Farœ to Orkney 7. Skarabrae and Maeshowe 1. Planning We did not choose to cruise to the Farœ Islands in the same year as the Falklands Crisis, but the coincidence demonstrated that most people have […]

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Goddess Freya’s Orkney Cruise 1979

The boat and her crew Goddess Freya is a Folkboat, 25′ LOA, 7′.2 Beam and 4′ Draft. Long keeled and with the legendary sea-kindliness of her class, she seemed a good boat for the trip, even if the absence of both a self-draining cockpit or a reliable auxiliary motor added to the hazards of longer […]

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The Log of the Iolanthe 1930

The Skipper: A Johnson Crewed by Geoffrey and Robin The gaff sloop Iolanthe was a double-ender built at Kolbjornsvik, Arendal in Norway in 1915. This, the third of Arthur Johnson’s logs, and his last on board Iolanthe, recounts a cruise in company with Brunette from the River Tyne towards Aberdeen. 9/8/30 Iolanthe took her departure […]

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The Log of the Iolanthe 1928

The Skipper: A Johnson 1st Mate and Purser: R Davy A.B.: L Davy Cabin Boy: T Thackary The gaff sloop Iolanthe was built at Kolbjornsvik, Arendal in Norway in 1915. In 1928 her owner, Arthur Johnson, was a member of Tynemouth Sailing Club. He joined the Northumberland Yacht Club later. This log recounts a cruise […]

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The Log of the Iolanthe 1927

The Skipper: A Johnson The crew: R Davy The double-ended gaff sloop Iolanthe was built at Kolbjornsvik, Arendal in Norway in 1915. In 1927 her owner, Arthur Johnson, was a member of Tynemouth Sailing Club. He joined the Northumberland Yacht Club later. In common with other yachts of the time, Iolanthe was laid up in […]

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The Log of the Rowena: Oban to Blyth 1931

By Manus O’Donnell Leaving home at Cullercoats on Friday morning 7th August 1931, for Newcastle where an hour was spent in attending to necessary business, a start was made for Carlisle. Unfortunately our Armstrong Siddeley when a few miles on the way proclaimed the fact that she had a broken spring, which necessitated slow running […]

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Through Patagonia with Lista Light

Brian Lowrie When our son David and his wife Katharine invited us to join them to take their old wooden gaff ketch, Lista Light, through the Chilean channels of Patagonia, we couldn’t refuse.  Lista Light is a 75 year old, 50ft converted Norwegian fishing vessel with a 13ft bowsprit which they had purchased in UK in 2008. They […]

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RYA Practical Cruise, Clyde – Dipper

Angus Robson Those abandoning all hope were Mike Bradley- Course Skipper Mike Shipway- Coastal Skipper Practical Chris Eggett- Coastal Skipper Practical James Robson- Competent Crew Angus Robson- Competent Crew Our Vessel Dipper a 38ft Jeanneau Sunshine class Sat 16th April Arrived Largs  12.30 and met with the lovely Avril from Flamingo Charters, from whom myself and James had […]

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Sheevra’ing in Shetland

Jonathan, Pippa, Hugo and Elizabeth Wallis (How we saw the green flash.) This year was an even year which meant we turned left on leaving Blyth. Destination Muckle Flugga? We left at 1930 on 9th July and close reached up the coast until wind began to die when we were off Boulmer, so engine on and […]

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Sheevra’s Summer Adventure

Sheevra was launched in Harwich in 1969, 40th hull out of the mould to a 1966 design by Olin Stephens. The first UK based boat named Casse Tete II was number 3 out of the mould and famously in 1967 was the only boat yet to win every race in her class at Cowes week.  Casse Tete was bought a […]

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Sheevra’s Scottish West Coast Cruise

Jonathan Wallis (photographs by Hugo Wallis) In 2007 we went south to Harwich to find the sun, and found a deal of rain and wind. Clearly we did not go far enough south. So in 2008 we decided to turn left and head for Scotland on the grounds that it could not be much worse […]

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RYA Practical, Clyde – Firebird

The RNYC Easter Cruise 2007 Following the pre-cruise briefing a fortnight earlier, the crew of Firebird, a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 32 sloop, met up and shared a lift up to Largs in order to get to know each other. Simon, an Accountant, Roger, a Nurse Practitioner, and Steve, a former Royal Marine, were all doing Day […]

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Farne’s World Cruise, Cape Town

Brian Lowrie We arrived in Durban on the 10th Nov after 6000 miles in the turbulent Indian Ocean. What delight to wander ashore from the joint moorings of the Royal Natal Yacht Club (reciprocal membership with our RNYC) and the Point Yacht Club to eat, drink and socialise with friendly locals and other cruisers. But […]

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RYA Practical Cruise, Clyde – Jay

Hugh Stephenson Yacht Jay, a Bavaria 38 Most things these days start on a Web Site. This was no exception. The course notice on the RNYC site gave a glowing description of the Clyde as a sailing area and, if you couldn’t resist, you downloaded an application form. When you got the invitation to the pre-course […]

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RYA Practical Cruise, Clyde – Skua

Kevin Milburn Three Five Men in a Boat Saturday 22nd April. It took three and a half hours to drive to Largs marina where I met up with the rest of the crew of Skua, a 37ft Bavaria. Rob, Ben and Steve all had a lot of cruising experience prior to the start of the course […]

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Farne’s World Cruise – Indian Ocean

Brian Lowrie Early September 2005 found us checking out of Australia, anxious to collect our new EPIRB and get on our way westward. On 12 September we beat our way out of Darwin Bay. We were keen to have a final look at the Kimberleys – a remote area in NW Australia with river gorges […]

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RYA Practical, Full Moon, Clyde

Nick, Steve, Damian & Ian “There’s a full moon out tonight” The infamous voyage of Full Moon. 22nd to the 29th April 2006 in the Clyde Estuary The crew of Full Moon were as follows: Damian and Steve, two friends who had mistakenly booked the wrong holiday on the Internet whilst looking for Ibiza uncensored and found themselves […]

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Farne’s World Cruise – Australia

Brian Lowrie After nearly a week in the Louisiade Archipelago of Papua New Guinea we needed to get going west again. After a BBQ on a deserted island with three Aussie yachts the previous evening we set off through the surrounding reefs, into deep water and towards Australia’s “Top End”. We had considered avoiding Australia […]

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Summer Wine in the Baltic

Diane Carr Skipper: Colin Davidson (Foggy) Crew: Mary Ryder (Edie), John White (Barry ), Brian Cordiner (Cleggy  ), Diane Carr (Marina  ) Location: Copenhagen Day 1 July 25th 2004 Arrived late evening at Kastrup Lystebehavn after a very easy and inexpensive  Easyjet flight and a short taxi ride.  Colin was impressed by the low marina […]

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RYA Practical Cruise – Kookaburra

Keith Cameron Saturday May 28 Bob and I were first to arrive in a very wet car park at Craobh Marina. We chatted with the owners of Kookaburra, the Jeanneau Sunrise 34 that was to be our home for the next week, while we waited for the rest of the squad to turn up. We […]

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RYA Practical Cruise – Jay

Caroline Bellerby The RNYC’s practical course this year was extremely eventful, especially aboard our yacht Jay, a nicely appointed 40 ft Bavaria that, unfortunately, did not handle quite as well as she looked. There were four of us students on board – Shirley, Keith, Andrew and me – all doing Coastal Skipper – and our […]

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RYA Practical Cruise – Flamingo

Gordon Bellerby We were a motley bunch, the crew of yacht Flamingo. Jason a policeman, John a surgeon, Jim a radio engineer and myself a farmer, all doing Day Skipper, and then there was Pete, our instructor, whose long and varied life had encompassed most of our individual skills and more. We were ready for […]

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Orkney re-visited

Linda Lane Thornton It is a truth universally acknowledged that yachties possessing a wish to cruise to Orkney must be in want of fair weather. We’d been very lucky in 2003 and had spent some time wondering whether it was too much to think that we’d get good weather two years running when others had […]

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RYA Practical Cruise

Mike Farrell A Competent Crew’s Tale I should have realised at the pre-meeting that things would be cramped. Tony, the gallant captain casually suggested that his car may not be up to the journey to Largs. I therefore volunteered mine, a Renault Scenic where the seats can be taken out. I saw the glint in […]

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Farne’s World Cruise

Anne Lowrie Message sent Friday, October 08, 2004 3:50 AM This was written during our crossing to new Zealand last week and is sent from Whangarei. We are just crossing the South New Hebrides Trench on our way from Fiji to NZ, 400 miles out on the last of our passages for this year, the […]

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Big Cat in the Caribbean

Diane Carr The boat: Leopard 47 ‘Local Hero’ Based at: TMM, Blue Lagoon, St Vincent The skipper/owner: Phil Lever Crewed by: Neil and Pam Bell, John Westwell, Brian Cordiner and Diane Carr Day 1 February 23rd Blue Lagoon Brian and I finally arrived at St Vincent airport (one shack) about 9pm local time after a long […]

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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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Hebridean Cruise

Bruce Grant The Boat: Varis is a Rival 32. Her home mooring is at Ardoran Marine, in Loch Feochan, a mainland loch, lying to the south of Kerrera Sound near Oban, Argyllshire. The Crew: Skipper, Ed Chester; Crew, Bruce Grant both of Royal Northumberland YC. Saturday The cruise started on Saturday 24 August when we made a […]

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Pasu’s Cruise from the Hamble to the Balearics

Nigel Swanston This log won the Walker Cup for the best cruising log in 2002. Pasu is a Jeanneau Sun Oddessey 31 owned by the Swanston family. She was bought about 5 years ago in Devon, and has been sailed extensively on the Orwell and Hamble. We started at Hamble on 10 May and after […]

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Slipstream’s Maiden Voyage

Julie Elliott In 1993 when we got our first boat ExtroBitionist we decided to spend our summer holiday cruising the Northumberland coast. First stop was Amble where we promptly became storm bound for 3 days. For something to do we took the bus to Alnmouth and called at the Schooner for a drink. Friendly locals […]

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Percy’s Progress

Steve Green Six thirty am and the first tropical downpour of the day wakes me up. I am conscious of an unfilled promise to our rear commodore, Jim Swanston, to write an article for the newsletter and now, in the cool part of the day, seems like a good time to make a start. This […]

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RYA Training Cruise

Largs & the Clyde 22/29th April 2000 30 aspiring students and 6 brave instructors converged on Largs Marina one fine Saturday in April. Each of the six chartered yachts became melting pots of human talents and characters as the crews rapidly got to know each other in the cockpits and confined spaces below. Some had […]

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Coastal Skipper on the Clyde

Ann Brindle Day 1: Geoff and I joined RAKI III, a Westerly Fulmar at Largs Yacht Haven after a quick sandwich lunch with Joyce. We enjoyed the sunshine while packing our gear into the boat, and met the rest of the crew. John and Stuart seemed friendly and helpful, and our instructor Colin was obviously a […]

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Millennium Norway Race

David Morgan Albany Express skippered by David Morgan won the Millennium Race to Norway. Albany Express has now raced to Norway 3 times , 1994, 1997 and now 2000. We had a terrific start, leading the fleet across the line. It took ten minutes for the big boats Bright Eyes ” Oyster 41 ” and […]

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North Sea Crossing

Phil Walton Royal Northumberland Yacht Club Millennium Race from Blyth to Mandal It has been a lifetime ambition to cross the North Sea in a small boat ever since my first time to Norway by ferry forty years ago. My chance came with the Millennium race organised by the Royal Northumberland Yacht Club from Blyth […]

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I saw three ships…

Fiona Mathieson In September 1998 my subscription copy of Sailing Today arrived in the post, what I didn’t know then was that it would change my life. The magazine contained an article about a company called Square Sails shipyard based in Charlestown, Cornwall who run a fleet of 3 wooden square rigged ships. I was […]

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We went for a sail down under

Julie Elliott You can travel to the other end of the earth but it still looks like Scotland in the rain! This was the verdict on our first day sailing in the Whitsundays in Australia. We’d flown to Hamiliton Island from Sidney after 5 days of sightseeing, eating, drinking and me sneezing. I’d brought a […]

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“Lees a-helm” oops or is that “Helm’s a lee”?

Omer Tuzel (a Turkish diplomat) After a long and tiring journey from Vienna I finally dumped my rucksack in the cockpit of Kiwi, a Moody 31, and joined my shipmates, Cath, Mick and Andrew. Last year I had taken the Competent Crew course with Largs Sailing School under the instruction of Quentin Mitchell, who had kindly invited […]

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The seven year itch

Colin Davidson reports on his cruise in Border Reiver Wednesday 7th July 1999 – I am lying in bed, 6 a.m., in Hoorn in the Ijsselemeer. The sun is glinting on all shapes and sizes of houses around the harbour, heralding a beautiful day in prospect. I wonder why men bothered to leave this idyllic place to […]

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Tobago Race Week

If ever you are sitting on a yacht, with your feet in the North Sea, a view of Ashington power station, and a dream of embarking on one of the several Caribbean Regattas then…go for the dream! Six of us from Northumberland (four are members of the RNYC and the remaining two of us seemed to […]

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Northumbrian Piper

Dave Ward Over twenty years ago I converted a Northumberland Barn into a house. With the vagaries of interest rates during the eighties, the task nearly broke us, but we stuck it out, and brought up our kids in it. Later, we were able to afford some sailing, which along with my daughter’s pony club […]

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RYA Training aboard Aquarelle

Don Gunton Our crew comprised one Coastal Skipper, three Day Skippers and one Competent Crew. Manoeuvers on Sunday morning in Rothesay Bay revealed that Aquarelle was fine going forward under engine but what as about as manoeuverable as a soap dish going astern. Under sail in light airs, however, the 20 year old Pele Peterson, […]

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A Jolly on the Clyde

Alex Tweddle Saturday Largs Marina was left behind as Kookaburra a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 34 with 2 ladies and 4 gents aboard looked for adventure on the Clyde. When we got to Rothesay we found the pontoon berth a little on the tight side. Exit was decided on by our mentor’s (Colin Grant) previous knowledge […]

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1998 – Katy’s Adventure

My Dad, me, David, Barbara and Jacob, were all going up in a car to Edinburgh, so we could sail David’s yacht “Orion” from Edinburgh down to Blyth. David and Barbara are married and have a son, Jacob, who is three. I’m called Katy and I’m eleven, this is how my sailing adventure began. Day […]

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Piracy in Millport

The RNYC RYA Easter Training Cruise 1998 Steve Overs Saturday PM We left Largs in a Moody 31 `Flamingo’, one of four boats. Snowflakes warned of the cold weather to come. Two hours and two tacks later we motored into a Rothesay harbour brimming with boats. It was low water so we couldn’t reach a […]

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Blyth to Orkney on Aquila

Peter Nicholson (original water colours by the author) Terry Taylor on ‘La Sympatia’, and myself on ‘Aquila’ sailed single handed, in ‘tandem’, to Holland in June ’97, and we decided we would do a similar cruise in 1998. Terry has to take his holiday to fit in with his work, and so he had to […]

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Sharon Day

Maurice Hughes I have always meant to keep the club informed about what we have been doing in Sharon Day, which has carried the Royal Northumberland burgee and pennant for many years and miles. Thinking the other day about where we have been and what we have done, I realised that we have done about 12,000 […]

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Mandal moments

North Sea Race The big event on the RNYC calendar this year was the race to Mandal on the Southernmost tip of Norway during the first week in August. There was an excellent turn out of 14 yachts, and the larger ones caught a fast weather window with stiff westerlies giving an exciting 50+ hour ride […]

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Cruising the Chesapeake

Julie Elliott Inspired by an article in the July Yachting Monthly, we decided to spend our summer holiday this year cruising the Chesapeake Bay on America’s east coast. We’ve had ExtroBitionist for 5 years now and enjoy cruising the Northumbrian coast. However each time we’ve attempted to head north for a sailing holiday in Scotland, we’ve been either […]

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The magical waterways of Blindleia

Joint Venture – Norway 1997 Brian Lowrie A quick North Sea Race time of just over two days to Mandal left us plenty of time to demolish the duty free, explore the town and relax in the sunshine. However we only had one week, and we were anxious to explore the Norwegian Coast. Our North […]

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With Percy across the pond.

Dick Bailey I wracked my small brain to invent an arresting title for this account of the 1996 ARC race in Kibito – I failed, but at least I found one, courtesy of Steve Green, to make your toes curl! Kibito (don’t ask what the name means – there isn’t time for the answer) is […]

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Gay Caroline’s Vertue Viking Cruise

Fiona Mathieson The written version of this Log was a Regional winner of the RYA Sail Cruising Committee’s Log Competition in 1997. No sooner had last year’s cruise finished and the salt spray dried on our decks than we’d began to plan this years cruise to Norway. We first heard the tall ships were going […]

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In Tandem

Peter Nicholson (original watercolours by the author) During the long winter of 1996-97 Terry Taylor and I attended the Shore-based Ocean Yachtmaster Course at South Shields Marine Technical College, working together on the homework. In the same winter, the first of my retirement, I enjoyed a trip from Holland with Kevin MacFarlane in his new […]

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What Katy did next

Bob Hopwood An account of Bob and Virginia Hopwood’s 1997 Breton Holiday with Trailer Sailer Manta 19 Katy Ginia loves the sunshine – we both love France and I love boats (Ginia has since been. converted to the cause). This was the recipe for attempting our target of towing Katy to France and sampling the delights of the […]

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