Dock Like a Boss

March 27, 2016 at 7:29 pm

Love this…

Lifejacket, check… Kill chord, check… Dance moves, check…

Safety and experience before labels and the latest gear, a dude on his boat on his own…

Well done Norway.

99 Problems…

May 30, 2015 at 8:49 am

But a dragging anchor ain’t one…


This is an anchor ‘angel’ or ‘chum’. It’s a lump of lead weighing about 15 kilos. You tie a bowline through it and round your anchor line and lower it down the line til it touches the bottom. Then you tie it off tight. So theoretically under the water you have your anchor, set in well, then a line of chain (20m in my case) and the chum sits at the end of the chain before the rode  comes up to your boat.

The idea is that whatever forces are at play on your boat, the ‘angel’ has to be lifted before anything can start to move your chain, let alone get at your anchor.

Works a dream. I sat out a gusty, veering f7 yesterday swinging in a much reduced circle around the ‘angel’ whereas without it we’d have been all over the place and probably pulled the Danforth out.

Anchoring problems? What anchoring problems?

Back problems, maybe…

Jester Challenge Symposium 2015

March 1, 2015 at 8:21 pm

I’m a bit behind with this blogging, but I was lucky enough to attend the Jester Challenge Symposium and Dinner, over in Ipswich at the end of January.

Now on paper it should have been pretty darn intimidating rocking up there, but I have to tell you that I was warmly received and made to feel very welcomed by the Jester family.

We had a whole 4 hours of talks followed by a Q and A with the Trans Atlantic Jesters, which, again on paper should have been a mini endurance test all of its own (I’m a fidgeter, if you ever get a choice don’t sit next to me…) but it wasn’t at all; really great, useful stuff and insights from everyone. I left at the end of the evening feeling very positive indeed about the Challenge, and very motivated to get on with my preparations. Let’s do this!

Basil Panakis has done a great job of editing down the 4 hours to a very manageable half hour video. Great stuff:

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