A picture, sometimes two and the occasional video, from each of my trips, these are not necessarily my favourites or best - they are likely to be imbedded in blog posts about the trips. See the cruise index for all cruises, and buttons at the top for threads on longer cruises.
But first a couple of pictures from long ago -
The RAF Sailing Association's UFO34 "Black Arrow", named for treble one squadron - check out the RORC "members" sail number. We took her to the 1977 3/4 Ton Cup and two of us had an "interesting time" bringing her back from Las Rochelle to Gosport with no self steering in a boat set up for a crew of six, my first experience of short handed offshore sailing.
Here I am sitting on the rail of Brian and Pam Saffrey-Cooper's half tonner "Green Dragon" during the 1979 Round the Island Race. She was an incredibly successful racing boat winning a Royal Ocean Racing Club "Yacht of the Year award" in 79, plus the RORC divisional championship, the Solent Points series and BRLA Saturday and Sunday Series, 3 years running.
But she would be totally unsuitable for single handed sailing - the mast would come down pretty quickly without a dedicated person on the runners, she was built for the 1978 Half Ton cup (wining the UK trials and the team award in the world championships) when adjustable forestays were allowed, we could move the top of the mast back and forth by well over 6 feet, but it required nifty work on the runners that you could not handle by yourself. They banned adjustable forestays for the 79 season, when we were again in the three boat UK team at the world championships but retired during the long offshore race when the steering failed off of the Texal - it took up a day and a half to get to Ramsgate without a usable rudder.
|Going down the Hamble very early in the morning on my|
first longish trip on Sancerre, anti-clockwise around the
Isle of Wight in August.
|And another early start leaving for the second trip, this one to|
Swanage in September. The wind got up going down the Solent.
2018My first "proper" cruises in Sancerre.
|Dolphins having fun off Falmouth, May.|
|Fowey in July.|
|On my next trip in August, Fowey harbour was effectively full |
with boats rafted up on moorings that are close together - with only
one boat each its crowded - so I went round the corner for a peaceful
night anchored off Polkerris (next to Par sands).
|Inbound to Newlyn later in my August cruise,|
St Michael's Mount off the port bow.
|Braye harbour, Alderney in September.|
|Braye Harbour in March before the crowds arrived. Despite|
the lack of facilities (no dinghy pontoon, water taxi, showers etc.)
a most enjoyable trip in fantastic weather for the time of year.
And the mooring was free.
|Sailing in company with Suhaili on route|
to the 50th anniversary celebrations of
R N-J's round the world trip. April.
|Back to Alderney in May, France in the distance.|
|Lyme Regis coming home from an extended cruise of the west |
country in July. I sailed dinghies from here in the late 60s and
|The inshore route round Portland Bill, east bound returning from|
my July cruise.
|SBS going home for tea, formation keeping could be better :-)|
On-route to Fowey, September.
|Longships light with Lands End behind|
|Port Ellen, Islay|
|Sancerre in Stromness Harbour, on the left a "Stella" class boat |
from the 1960's
|A brief diversion watching this ship do a 90 degree turn into|
a narrow channel whilst I was stuck in Blyth for 12 days whilst
waiting for a weather window for the long legs to Lowestoft.
|Finally in the water after a couple of weeks hard graft after we|
were aloud to travel
|The Holy Island of Lindisfarne|
|Not what you want to pick up, the second time in 2 visits I|
had had a fouled anchor in the Lindisfarne anchorage. This
cost 18 metres of chain so I had to avoid deep anchorages for
the rest of the trip and later a new chain 😒
|Weather bound in Peterhead.|
|Running from Peterhead to Orkney under goose winged genoa|
and cruising chute.
|The old Man of Hoy with the Stromness - Scabster ferry in|
typical weather during this trip.
|The old Man of Stoer.|
|The final approach to Stornoway marina.|
|Aultbea anchorage, Loch Ewe|
|Loch Shieldaig and the entrance to upper Loch Torridon.|
|Leaving Loch Shieldaig.|
|At anchor off Plockton|
|Locking into the Crinan Canal.|
|Waiting to move into lock 12.|
|Hurst Castle not that long after the collapse.|
Isles of Scilly, August.
|Hugh Town harbour, St Mary's.|
|Passing St Martin's on the way home.|