This boat almost too much character. However, you can tell from the fittings this is a loved boat.
Spending the night aboard SR. Sunny and warm and calm here in Gisport.
Fun video that shows that even Puget Sound can be rather fun and active:
As I was developing my winter work list, I came across Paul Heiney’s blog about his recent sail to South America in a Victoria 38. I had just finished his book “Last Man Across the Atlantic,” so it was good to read about his recent voyaging:
To note for us Rival owners is his “winners and losers” list about gear. Based on his info, I’ve added the following to the winter work list:
– replace my CAV fuel filter with a Racor spin on (sounds much easier and safer in a seaway)
– add some LED lights to the cabin (we already really like our LED anchor light)
– investigate the Walden boom brake, which sound very nice when short handed
–tune up the Monitor wind vane and finally learn how to use the thing
–ponder a watermaker location if we ever get the chance to go long distance
Here’s one example– the rest are on their Youtube channel:
We also enjoy Drake’s other videos, such as his crewing on Fiona.
I’ve just been reading Once is Enough by Miles Smeeton, a famous account of a Cape Horn attempt in 1956 by three in a 46 foot wood ketch. There is one or two surprises.
There are main references in the book to John Guzzwell shooting film in a cine camera during the trip, including from a dinghy towed behind Tzu Hang, their ketch. If you are curious, fair examples of that film are shown here:
It’s a great book– a classic.
This is fun:
The Isle of Wight Race had over 1,900 entries and some quite strong winds (and dis-mastings) at the start this year: