Cowes to Chichester

Log ? 6th-7th October 2012 The journey to Cowes from London is rather spoiled by the poor link between the train and the ferry. I get the impression that Southampton would rather you stayed in town instead of spending your money on the Isle of Wight. In theory there is a free bus link between the train […]

Lymington to Cowes

Log ?? 22nd September 2012The forecast was for a delightful Saturday and a beastly Sunday so I decided it may be best to make the most of the good day and give Sunday a complete miss. My nephew, Alexander and his girlfriend, Kerry were to be my crew. Alexander had sailed with me to Scotland […]

Weymouth to Swanage and Lymington

Log ??? 15th September 2012I took the train to Weymouth with Nicky, a good friend of Grits. Nicky had completed her Competent Crew course in 2010 but hadn’t had much of an opportunity to use it after a planned voyage had fallen through. Terry Newman, who built Sumara and lives in Weymouth, would join us in the morning. […]

Dartmouth to Weymouth

28th August 2012 Log 8773 We sat on the boat on Monday evening in Dartmouth wondering if the weather would improve. It was wet and squally, well very wet and squally. The forecast was poor, SW 4-5 but 5-7 later, although the grib files showed a good chance of a pleasant sail in mainly force […]


Another appalling day of constant rain and strong winds so we decided to go for a walk out around the headland. We visited the very highly recommended Alf Resco cafe but it was packed with queues on the street so we had to give it a miss.     We stopped off to look at […]

Plymouth to Dartmouth

26th August 2012 Log 8744 Approx. Distance 38nm Grit caught the train back to London on Saturday morning and Gudrun was coming down in the evening.  It rained stair rods all day so I wasn’t missing out on anything. A few boaty jobs got done and then I donned full foul weather gear to meet Gudrun at […]

TR2 Theatre Royal Plymouth Workshops

As we were in Plymouth Grit and I thought it would be really nice to visit the TR2 centre which is the impressive workshop base for the Theatre Royal Plymouth. We phoned Julie Perrin who is actually a freelance scenic artist who leases the large paint frame. TR2 was immediately very impressive, new, and on […]

Falmouth to Plymouth

Log 8710. Distance approximately 40nm. Again the forecast was slightly uncertain. The shipping forecast said SW force 6-7 later but I could see no sign of it troubling our trip. The grib files showed light winds for at least 24 hours. So we decided to leave at 0645 GMT. Baro 1004. There wasn’t enough wind […]

Falmouth Art Gallery

  This was a very pleasant suprise. A relatively small gallery but with some fine works interspersed with quirky working models with wind up handles. These acted as a great “eye rest” from viewing too many paintings. I particulary liked a painting by Sir Frank Brangwyn called Construction of South Pier Mevagissey. There were some […]

Aberystwyth towards Falmouth

Log 8498 Distance approx 230nm Grit and I arrived in Aber (as they call it) on Thursday 17th August to have a day preparing and provisioning before setting off towards Falmouth. We went to the Christopher Williams exhibition again where I was surprised to meet Jannicke (I’ll put up a nice picture of her later). […]