Video: Round the Island Race 2016

The annual Round the island Race, round the Isle of Wight, that is, took place this year on 2 July. We entered, as usual, with some friends, having sailed the Solent for the previous few days.

Conditions were challenging, at times, but the big disappointment was the genoa jamming as we tried to take it […]

High Speed Sailing

RTIR 2012 Team Photo

A new website, Faces of Britain, is collecting portraits to commemorate the events of 2012. My team photo from the Round the Island Race made it into the Isle of Wight section!


Round The Island 2011

I’m so proud of my team.

After waking up in Swanwick Marina at 0350 we motored across to the start line at Cowes for our 0640 start. Conditions were pretty tough. We experienced Force 7 most of the day and we sailed with two reefs in the main until the last couple of […]


I’ve just discovered Windguru. It’s a weather forecast website aimed at sailors of all types.

There are highly detailed forecasts for many areas, and best of all, the basic service is free!

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Splash (boat name!)

Taken at Port Hamble Marina

Sailing Finished (For A Bit)

Yachtmaster (Offshore) Course complete, followed by Powerboat Level 2 and Powerboat Advanced. That’s all the sailing until we pick up our charter boat for our Greek holiday.

Thanks to all the Hot Liquid and Duck-2-Water Instructors for their patience, and all the new friends I’ve made along the way.

Some recent photos:

Chilling on the […]

Sailing Photos

Not much in the way of blogging recently, I’m in the middle of a seven-week Yachtmaster Course. Here are a few images taken in the Solent, the English Channel, Cherbourg and the Channel Islands.

Solent Sunset Passage Planning Force 7 Neil Tim Team, Week 2 Formation Flying Dan Cherbourg Cherbourg Sunset Place Napoleon, Cherbourg Alderney […]

Round The Island Race 2010

0445 – sailing out of Cowes South of the Isle of Wight South of the Isle of Wight Beating up towards Bembridge Beating up towards Bembridge The last leg Racing for the finishing line Racing for the finishing line Racing for the finishing line The Team The Party The Route

We had a magnificent […]

When Should I Tack?

Any sailing wizzes out there who can answer this?

I’m wondering whether I’m leaving it too late to tack, and thereby covering more ground.

Tack 1


Our Best Day’s Sailing

(I posted this on posterous last week but hang-out was down so it didn’t appear here.)

22 September – our best day’s sailing – 39 miles from Bandol to Hyeres, all on the sail. Force 4 to 6 winds gave us 6 to 7 knots most of the time. Great fun!

Bandol to Hyères-sur-Plage


Il Pleut Toujours

It’s still raining.

Today’s forecast was showers and Force 2 to 4. We decided to sail from Île de Porquerolles to Sanary, between Toulon and Marseille. Half an hour after slipping out of the harbour the rain started. There was a big, stationary, thunderstorm to the west of our track and we were catching the […]