In victory you deserve Champagne. In defeat, you need it

"Would monsieur care for another bottle of Chateau Latour?" "Ah yes, but no more 1966. Lets splurge! Bring us some fresh wine! The freshest you've got - this year! No more of this old stuff. He doesn't realize he's dealing with sophisticated people here." Ancient Chinese proverb: Is it not a brave man who [...]

In victory you deserve Champagne. In defeat, you need it2019-06-07T13:36:23+01:00

What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate. Some men you just can’t reach…or the When boats meet one.

SECTION A. RIGHT OF WAY. (what has this got to do with freedom? where's my sovereignty? Is sovereignty the same as freedom? did we vote?) A boat has right of way over another boat when the other boat is required to keep clear of her. Rule 10 ON OPPOSITE TACKS. When boats are on [...]

What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate. Some men you just can’t reach…or the When boats meet one.2019-05-24T09:44:06+01:00

Freedom or the “Bollinger! If it’s ’69 you were expecting me!” episode.

And now for something completly different: Free. adjective Able to act or be done as one wishes; not under the control of another. "I have no ambitions other than to have a happy life and be free" not or no longer confined or imprisoned. "the researchers set the birds free" synonyms: on the loose, [...]

Freedom or the “Bollinger! If it’s ’69 you were expecting me!” episode.2019-05-16T22:23:56+01:00

The M. O. B. one….. No that’s not men in black. That’s Man OverBoard!

Do you garden? Own an allotment? You find people offer you plants that you think you might want, but really they are just getting rid of a plant they can't control. So it came to the squibs; Matt had crewed a few times for a local owner David, at at Haven Ports Yacht Club. He [...]

The M. O. B. one….. No that’s not men in black. That’s Man OverBoard!2019-05-11T22:30:04+01:00

Early Spring 4 (the “will this wind” one?)

Early Spring 4.....it's hard to write anything for this as due to fitting out a Squib for the East Coast Championships this coming weekend (and protecting a failing spine) we were unable to get to the start line. It seems the horizontal rain and then sunshine and no wind, rain, sun, wind, no wind. [...]

Early Spring 4 (the “will this wind” one?)2019-05-09T07:40:06+01:00

Rule 2; Fair sailing (or early spring 2)

From the The Racing Rules of Sailing Fundamental rules 2. FAIR SAILING A boat and her owner shall compete in compliance with recognized principles of sportsmanship and fair play. A boat may be penalised under this rule only if it is clearly established that these principles have been violated. The penalty shall be either [...]

Rule 2; Fair sailing (or early spring 2)2019-05-03T16:48:39+01:00

Welcome back to the Wired World of Sports….

It takes one day to strip every rope and every fitting from a Merlin rocket. "Why would you do that?" You ask. At 2100 hrs the night before launching with drill in my hand, a broken drill bit in my finger....I wondered the same thing. The simple maths is. One day to remove all [...]

Welcome back to the Wired World of Sports….2019-04-18T13:51:05+01:00

Winning’s easy?

Is it? Well the guys at the front make it look easy, how do they do that? Parkstone yacht club held the Merlin Rocket silver tiller last weekend, a conversation over a beer at Cowes week led me to ask my brother to helm a Merlin for my ex. crew Matt, so we could grudge [...]

Winning’s easy?2018-10-04T08:24:26+01:00