England

In the right place at the right time

by Jax 5th Jun 2014 - England

Arrows 1 090They say life is what happens while you’re busy making plans…well, if we weren’t so busy thinking about all of the things that we need to do before the boat leaves the UK, I might be able to pay attention to more of the things that are going on around us…and then when the Red Arrows scream overhead it wouldn’t take me by surprise.

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In all weathers…

by Jax 15th Feb 2014 - England

Maybe it’s not the right time of the year (or maybe it’s just not the right year!) for an Open-Air exhibition of photography, but if you happen to be in central London with any time to spare don’t let the elements put you off.

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Viewing this display of pictures in inclement weather only serves to highlight just what it is that the RNLI do.

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We wish you a Merry Christmas!

by Jax 18th Dec 2013 - England

We wish you a Merry Christmas

The Geek and the Girl would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2014.

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They think it’s going to be a little bit windy…

by Jax 26th Oct 2013 - England

It makes a pretty picture at the moment, but it looks like it’s going to be a bit hairy out there in the English Channel Sunday night/Monday morning. Oct_28_Weather.png With the media talking about amber warnings and winds of up to 80mph, and today’s outlook on the inshore weather forecast predicting winds increasing severe gale 9 to violent storm 11 for a time, it sounds like it’s time to batten down the hatches, or rather check your lines and sit tight.

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Summing up the Summer

by Jax 6th Sep 2013 - adventures

This is a representation of the route we took this summer:

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A total of 1,178 nautical miles taking in the south and South West of England, Wales, Cumbria, the briefest of flirtations with Scotland – merely kissing the South West and the Solway Firth – bouncing off the Isle of Man, before Ireland, by way of Dublin, then non-stop back to Poole harbour and finally completing the circuit back to Port Solent.

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Padstow

by Jax 2nd Aug 2013 - destinations

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Wherever else we ended up this summer there were 2 destinations that were non-negotiable – as in, if the conditions weren’t right, we’d just have to wait until they were – fortunately the weather played ball. The first of those places was Padstow. The geek had always wanted to sail to Padstow and to dry out on the very tempting sandbank right in front of the harbour entrance (exhibitionist!).

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High and dry

by Jax 28th Jul 2013 - adventures

Vagaris dried out in Padstow

For anyone who saw yesterday’s post, you might like to know that all went well. The tide went out – some helpful locals warned us we were anchored on the sand bank (thank you – we meant to anchor on the sandbank…), some other helpful people offered to tow us off the sandbank as the tide went out – no really, thank you, but we want to be on the sandbank…), the tide came in again and we floated off.

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Waiting for the tide to go out

by Adrian 27th Jul 2013 - adventures

We’re currently anchored over a sandbank just outside Padstow harbour in Cornwall. The depth is 1.3 meters and falling, and we’re waiting for the tide to go all the way out so we take the ground and dry out.

This will be the first time we’ve dried out, so it’s all a bit new. All going to plan do far…

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English summer

by Adrian 1st Jul 2013 - England

It is summer here in the UK.

If that wasn’t enough to be shocked about, we’re making the most of it by embarking on our sail to the West Country, Cornwall, Wales and up to Cumbria and back.

Our ARC crossing and Atlantic trip has been postponed for a year as I’m working with a communications startup that made me an offer that just wasn’t sensible to refuse.

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Towards Brighton

by Adrian 26th Sep 2012 - details

We had a cracking sail today on the way back from Portsmouth towards Brighton.

Squally rain and winds all day made for frequent genny reefing and unreefing.

Averaging over 7 knots through the water and 8-9 knots over the ground at 40-50° apparent in 15-22 knots of true wind. 1 reef in the main and one occasional turn around the genoa.

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