Torquay back to Hayling Island

Having left Hejira in Torquay Marina for a month while Paula and I took holidays in the Caribbean and Italy (what an indulgent summer!), I took the train back down to Devon on the Bank Holiday Monday to sail her back. I had long since harboured an interest in ‘single handing’ and had taken Karisma,... Continue Reading →

Malpas to Torquay

Big thanks to Bob and Dave who worked their fingers to the bone in our massive clean in preparation for the arrival of Paula. We had moved up  river from Falmouth to a mid river visitor pontoon at Malpas, just short of Truro which should have been an easy location for our rendezvous at the... Continue Reading →

Kinsale to Malpas via the Scillies

It has been some time since my last ‘missive’ and so much has happened. Having decided to hire a car to explore beyond what would have been possible by yacht, I thought I would try to ‘look up’ the family of friends of my parents who had moved to Ireland and I last saw when... Continue Reading →

Milford Haven to Kinsale

The last mail was optimistic about catching up lost time and getting back on track. Although we have experienced some of that emotion, it has been balanced by disappointment as the days have slipped by and our targets have drawn in. Bob and Stephen arrived in Milford Haven proudly bearing the replacement Windlass which we... Continue Reading →

Padstow to Milford Haven

Since my last mail, we ‘sat out’ the ‘blow’ in Padstow which tied our hands somewhat, so, with a paucity of havens suited to the weather, we stayed put which took us to our next crew change. As this was not in Bristol as planned, this presented something of a problem for John Morris who... Continue Reading →

Newlyn to Padstow

Well, the weather has indeed interrupted again. We are currently sheltering from gales in Padstow – and, on the bright side, there are worse places to be storm bound ! The whole plan was structured to avoid deadlines and the travelling to wherever we are by car for the in/out on the mainland was intended... Continue Reading →

Catch up to Newlyn

At last some signal and a partially working lap top so a quick resume on the cruise so far. Slipped from Northney on Hayling Island on Friday 17th May with a crew of Ollie and his friends Ashley and Raph. We sailed west spending nights in Newtown River on the IOW, Studland Bay outside Poole... Continue Reading →

Chichester to Newtown River

This is the first substantial cruise in my 'new to me' yacht renamed 'Hejira'. The account is prior to proper 'blogging' and does not reflect the later efforts which become (hopefully) a little more interesting. For this first leg from Northney Marina in Chichester Harbour, the crew is my son Ollie and two of his... Continue Reading →

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