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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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