Category Archives: Sailing Log book

What’s an Essex girl’s favourite wine?

Before I start, I should say that Maria is a London girl rather than an Essex girl! That said our three daughters and our feline daughter were all born in Essex but this also doesn’t refer to them 🙂 The last summer bank holiday of the year saw a very still and warm forecast and […]
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A trip to Osea Island

With the boat back in the water and Maria’s upcoming workload as her projects go live, we had worked out that the only opportunity we had to get out for a few weeks was going to be the first weekend of August.  It had also been a long time since Lisa Jones had been with […]
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Problematic East coast weekend

We have spent the last two weekends away, firstly in Lymington, attending a seminar about blue water cruising and then to Italy to pay taxes, speak to builders and check out the house.  We therefore decided that we would have a weekend away somewhere quiet and decided that a few nights in the River Stour […]
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Relaxing in Harwich

We had such a good time at Easter that we have been keen to get the boat back out again.  This bank holiday weekend coincided with the sad anniversary of the death of Maria’s Dad and so we decided we wanted to be close to Harwich where her step-Mum lives. Early in the week, the […]
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Our 2017 season starts with a trip to Kent

Most years our season starts sometime in March but again this year the weather hasn’t been great and also we have had some things we needed to do so our season hasn’t started until the Easter weekend. That is more than six months since we last went out and we have had some work done […]
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Thames barge race weekend

So it is the midde of July and we have been out in the boat quite a few times already this year.  This has included a number of trips down the river, anchoring overnight in the stour or Orwell and returning late on Sunday.  On various of these trips we have had guests.  For the […]
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It’s all about the Bass, no trouble :)

Maria has known her friend Kay for nearly thirty years since they both worked at securicor together with Les, the twins father. Kay and her husband John have been very supportive and good friends and anyone that knows Kay will know that she is ever so slightly bonkers, not dissimilar to Maria then 🙂 however, […]
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Ramsgate for Dunkirk Little Ships weekend

Our standard each year is to go down to Ramsgate or across the channel for Easter. Easter was early this year and the weather awful so that put paid to that idea. We have also just had the navigation upgraded and wanted to check this out including the AIS so we also thought that a […]
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The summer has arrived, let’s hope that isn’t the whole summer!

Over the last few weeks we had a crisis of confidence with the engine due to the overheat in our first shakedown.  As you will have seen from other blog posts regarding the engine and engine room, we had gone through a process of regaining confidence and this weekend was to be our shakedown, sea […]
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Anchoring in the Stour

At the time we didn’t realise it would be our last time out of the year but with a summer holiday to Puglia and a wedding in Cyprus we were running out of weekends. We wanted to get some time away from it all, which after all was the reason we bought the boat! We […]
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