America’s Cup updates

19 MAR 2021 Joint statement from INEOS TEAM UK and Royal Yacht Squadron Racing INEOS TEAM UK and Royal Yacht Squadron Racing are pleased to confirm that the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, on behalf of the Defender Emirates Team New Zealand, accepted their Notice of Challenge for the 37th America’s Cup (AC37) and have... Continue Reading →

170 year losing streak

In the absence of any personal sailing adventure stories due the lack of access to Hejira moored in France (it is nearly a year since I last clapped eyes on her) and with the America’s Cup action shaping up to be ‘a cracker’, I hope you will forgive me a little indulgence. To whet your... Continue Reading →

Quiz Answers

What was the name of the ship commanded by Captain Pugwash ? The Black Pig In the Navy, what was a loblolly boy ? Surgeon’s assistant What Island inspired Robert Louis Stephenson’s Treasure Island ? Norman Island BVI – off Tortola In Nelson’s Navy, what element was used to treat syphilis? Mercury In Gerry Anderson’s... Continue Reading →

Lockdown Nautical Quiz

With the third lockdown stretching into the future and no prospect of visiting Hejira in Nice or even getting afloat in the baby T/T Hejira dinghy on the Thames, I thought that a Nautical Quiz might give a little welcome yachty diversion. I prepared this quiz for a ‘Bon Voyage’ party I threw for the... Continue Reading →

Scuppered !

With plans all made, equipment ready to pack and supplies all purchased, the adventure started to implode. First the new lockdown meant that the second and third nights had to be aborted much to the apparent disappointment of the crew – or was it relief? Assuming we would be okay before the lockdown came into... Continue Reading →

Wind in the Willows

In recent years, in my home village of Sunningdale, there has evolved a group of similarly obtuse, irreverent, but like-minded chaps who enjoy each other’s company, yarning over a pint and the occasional lunch. We have identified with the Kenneth Grahame classic ‘The Wind in the Willows’ as the individuals involved are very well suited... Continue Reading →


With France regressing into more stringent Covid restrictions, there is no imminent prospect of paying Hejira a visit and she remains as I left her, halfway through preparations for The Atlantic Project. I have however managed to secure a more formal ‘babysitting’ regime which should provide some comfort and help smooth my sleep patterns. I... Continue Reading →

Abandoned Plans

My sign off last year was ‘wishing everyone a healthy and happy new year’ having just escaped France (Hejira being moored near Nice) before a crippling strike in December. How very apposite this has turned out to be! To bring you up to date, Hejira was collected from her berth in January and taken to... Continue Reading →

Winter Talks

Preparations for the 2020 sailing season have stalled for the time being. The bad weather in the Med and the strikes which have brought France to a standstill (I was lucky to escape back to Blighty!) have contrived to prevent me moving Hejira to Antibes for a little TLC although neither factor can last forever... Continue Reading →


I really thought that the holidaying of Paula and her two friends would be the end of anything interesting to ‘blog about’ but I think I may have been wrong – you will be the judge... We had taken a berth in St. Laurent Du Var as our winter berth in Baie des Anges was... Continue Reading →

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