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by Alcyone
Mon Jul 11, 2011 7:11 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Grace
Replies: 2
Views: 1354

Re: Grace

Here's another. Gentleman skipper and member of this forum dives on friend's mooring to check chain quality. Meanwhile, gentleman skipper's missis rows ashore for provisions. Gentleman skipper finishes the dive and is enjoying a cuppa with boat owner when missis returns to their boat, rowing dinghy....
by Alcyone
Thu Jul 07, 2011 7:10 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Now the cat's away...
Replies: 24
Views: 5387

Re: Now the cat's away...

Nick wrote:.

No blog this year, will write up the cruise when we get back.


Pity, I enjoyed reading your exploits of your two week trip to Lochaline last year.
by Alcyone
Wed Jun 29, 2011 10:29 am
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: My existence on TOP is hanging by a snooksy thread
Replies: 18
Views: 3799

Re: My existence on TOP is hanging by a snooksy thread

(snip) I was 4 when sliced bread was launched in its current form. D'ya know, that's real sad. There's whole generations out there who've never known the delights of sitting in a pram with a loaf of fresh bread & pulling the crunchy crust off it & eating it in handfuls. Or the joys of cutti...
by Alcyone
Mon Jun 27, 2011 6:58 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: My existence on TOP is hanging by a snooksy thread
Replies: 18
Views: 3799

Re: My existence on TOP is hanging by a snooksy thread

I must admit, I imposed a ban on myself posting on forums (other than genuinely boaty and practical topics). It is in my nature to get wound up far too easily, so I have found that the best tactic is to ignore the posts or just go away and surf some porn....... errrr I mean work on the boat ! Er, i...
by Alcyone
Sun Jun 19, 2011 6:46 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: A sad end for Huggy
Replies: 2
Views: 1165

A sad end for Huggy

Apologies if this has been posted already - I did a search but couldn't find it. Seems Huggy Macarthur's voyages have come to an end. (Strong language in vid) http://www.youtube.com/user/huggy98#p/a/u/0/f2J81fD9jOk I, for one, have taken great enjoyment from his adventures, and he's made me laugh ou...
by Alcyone
Thu May 26, 2011 4:22 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: More pictures from Dunstaffnage
Replies: 9
Views: 2920

Re: More pictures from Dunstaffnage

That is scary. I've only sailed out of there once, but I agree, it's hard to imagine it being like that in there.
by Alcyone
Thu May 12, 2011 3:27 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Are canoists the new divers?
Replies: 11
Views: 3538

Re: Are canoists the new divers?

But as with everything else when a sport becomes popular, good paddlers make it look easy, so people who shouldn’t get involved do, and that’s when accidents start to happen. No different to sailing, the local papers here have regular articles of yachts in trouble, most I bet down to owner’s lack o...
by Alcyone
Wed May 11, 2011 4:17 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Are canoists the new divers?
Replies: 11
Views: 3538

Re: Are canoists the new divers?

Good to hear someone who knows Ramsey Sound. There are 57 recorded shipwrecks in there, you know, and a lifeboat was lost on the biitches, with all her crew. I've never dived the Bitches, but My missus has been through them, not by design....... I've dived Horse rock, many times. Both My missus and ...
by Alcyone
Wed May 11, 2011 10:53 am
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Are canoists the new divers?
Replies: 11
Views: 3538

Re: Are canoists the new divers?

I think that's a fair point. It does assume, as you say, that they know what they are doing. I guess my concern was skewed by my experience of some years back, when my friend, coxswain of the local lifeboat, set out at midnight to rescue two canoeists who'd gone off to the bitches in Ramsey sound in...
by Alcyone
Tue May 10, 2011 6:24 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Are canoists the new divers?
Replies: 11
Views: 3538

Re: Are canoists the new divers?

We were in a pub in Easdale a few years back, (I think they had a micro brewery). We had a meal there, in a room looking out across the sea. We hadn't dived for 2 days because of storms, and, when you've towed a boat to Scotland from Wales, you'll dive almost any conditions. The conditions were horr...
by Alcyone
Sat May 07, 2011 9:07 am
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: south wales to north wales by public transport
Replies: 5
Views: 1538

Re: south wales to north wales by public transport

As you've found out, Travel North-South is far harder than travelling East West. I did a delivery trip last year, taking a train from Cardiff to Bangor to pick up the yacht. That was reasonable, at around 3 hrs, IIRC, but then you'd have another couple of hrs from Cardiff to Milford. If it was on a ...
by Alcyone
Fri May 06, 2011 9:24 am
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Stevensons and Northern Lights Board.
Replies: 1
Views: 991

Re: Stevensons and Northern Lights Board.

Very good, I enjoyed it.

I nearly missed it, as I thought I'd seen it. Wasn't there another BBC documentary/Drama about Robert Stevenson and building the Bell rock lighthouse some years back?
by Alcyone
Tue May 03, 2011 9:24 am
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Weather School Musing...Next Weekend's Weather
Replies: 3
Views: 1711

Re: Weather School Musing...Next Weekend's Weather

I thought it was very good. I far prefer a forecast with pressure charts, the beeb has seemingly forgotten about them. For my eyes, the screen was a little small, but once I clicked 'full screen' it was much better. Thanks for taking the time to do that, and seeing the differences between modelling ...
by Alcyone
Thu Apr 28, 2011 8:42 am
Forum: Passages and Places
Topic: Passage from Cardiff to Milford Haven
Replies: 13
Views: 6506

Re: Passage from Cardiff to Milford Haven

That could well be Oxwich point behind you there Mark. Is it a Gurnard? If so, I've caught them there before now. They really are excellent eating, btw, don't be put off. It was either Oxwich or the next bad down, I'm 90pc sure Oxwich. Yup it was a Gurnard. It went back, I didn't know you could eat...
by Alcyone
Thu Apr 28, 2011 8:38 am
Forum: Passages and Places
Topic: Passage from Cardiff to Milford Haven
Replies: 13
Views: 6506

Re: Passage from Cardiff to Milford Haven

Did you sail her all the way back from Cardiff? Great trip that. I'm dying to get Ishtar up to teh West coast, but I need to get the missis to take a coupel of weeks off work. Another Dale Yacht, a Sigma 38, Kish I Noor did the trip last summer. Yes, from Cardiff up to The West Coast the first year...

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