My wife wanted a table and a loo that was not a bucket. Mignonne
gave way to Gamine - a brand new Jaguar 25 with a proper heads,. a table and a
bigger outboard with a 6 gallon fuel tank. (This picture is not of Gamine but a
similar Jaguar 25 also orange. That spring she broke her
rudder blade in a 6-7 off Alderney Race and I was towed for 12 hours into
Cherbourg by a French Frigate. My wife who was on board at the time was not
impressed and after that I started single handing! Got the repairs done and in-between directing a sequel
to SECRET ARMY called KESSLER in Belgium I sailed her back to the Solent.
Needed a bigger sturdier boat and purchased an ELIZABETHAN
31 called LIZELLE. Wonderful yacht. Long keel - well built. She
taught me to sail. Went all over northern France and the channel Islands. Down
to Brittany then to Amsterdam. One winter I set of from Amsterdam down the canal
system to PORT ST LOUIS in the French Mediterranean. Exquisitely beautiful
and interesting trip -
cannot recommend it enough. Had a few weeks in the Med then work came up and in
the end had her shipped back by lorry. These are superb boats. Lizelle has now
been re-named White Heather and last I heard was a sailing school boat
Because I had found living in a 31 footer a bit cramped and I
intended to do some longer cruises I purchased the ketch SOUTHERN CHANCER
an extended Maurice Griffith GOLDEN HIND in steel with a 40ft LOA.
Took Southern Chancer across Biscay to the Med in late September/October and
later down to the Canaries. I found the maintenance on a steel boat trying and
she was a bit slow. Sailed her back to the Med along the Spanish coast to
Sete in the South of France. Took her masts down and spent a pleasant 3 weeks
motoring her up the canals then the Seine through Paris to Le Havre.
Sold her in London and purchased
Primrose Moody 36 with a center cockpit and a huge aft cabin. Wonderful value
for money. I took her across Biscay and into the Med in early spring and
spent the next 3 years cruising from Gibraltar to Turkey - Tunisia to Morocco - Balearics
- Greek Islands - France then across the Atlantic to Trinidad - USA - Panama -
South Pacific - New Zealand - Australia - Indonesia - Asia - Red Sea - across
the Med again and up the Portuguese coast North to home.
Been hit by lightning - attacked by pirates - All without
harming me or my crew and had the most wonderful voyage you can imagine. Sheer
f you are coming up the Red Sea then you may be interested in
the notes on my passage.
If you are worried about Pirates then
do have a look at the Pirates page and what being Attacked
by pirates is like is a revised reprint of the Yachting Monthly magazine
If you are worried about being hit by
then this may interest you.
If you have not crossed the Atlantic before and would be
interested in the log I wrote at the time of my first crossing then
is perhaps worth a visit. Following that page are how I plan water and food for
long trips Victual and as mainly a single-hander how I
have found people to help with Crewing. Also there
are my thoughts on Watch Keeping that are personal but may be useful.