Monthly Archives: September 2015

Jester Ipswich Challenge

Poor Tammy Norie has been sitting in the mud at Woodbridge for a few weeks since the North Sea crossing back from the Netherlands.  Suddenly I have a lot of work requests from clients and very little time to sail. I’m having something of a three bus problem at work.

This Saturday night there’ll be a dinner for Jester Challengers at Fox’s Marina in Ipswich. There’s a big morning high tide at Woodbridge on Saturday, pleasant weather and a fair wind, so it looks good to get off the mud at about 10:30, sail down the Deben, around the corner at Felixstowe, and up to Fox’s.

Sunday is not quite so convenient. There’s a very high (4.4m) tide at Woodbridge at 00:44 on Monday, so I should be able to get back on to the dock at about 23:15, then head back to Cambridge in the morning.

As usual, do let me know if you’d like to meet up or join in!

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Michel’s videos of Tammy Norie

Antoine Maartens has uploaded a few videos of Tammy Norie taken by his brother Michel.

Sailing past Dulcibella on the way from Huizen to Kinselmeer.

Sailing in to Kinselmeer to meet Siskin and Dulcibella, with commentary in Dutch by Michel. Shows me coming alongside under sail, and how easy it is to do with the junk rig.

You can also see some videos of Tammy’s sister Siskin over on Antoine’s channel.

Thank you Antoine and Michel!

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2015-09-22 · 08:15

Southampton Boat Show tomorrow

I will be at the Southampton Boat Show tomorrow. If you happen to be there and would like to meet please leave a comment and I’ll send you my phone number.

Tammy Norie will sadly not be in attendance.

In the evening I’ll be at the Jester Challenge south coast meet up.

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A Trip to St Kilda on The “Wylde Swan” 17th July 2015

Years ago I started teaching myself to play the mandolin, and downloaded a few of Kevin MacLeod’s tracks from Mandolin Café. When I made my video about the trials of my Hebridean recently I wrote to Kevin and asked him if I might use one of his tracks. He kindly agreed. Since then I’ve had a poke around on his site and discovered numerous sailing videos in my favourite cruising grounds.  Take a look at this, and just as importantly, listen to that heavenly music!

Note that Kevin MacLeod isn’t Kevin MacLeod.

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2015-09-15 · 23:15

The Trials of my Hebridean

I have finally edited the video footage of my various trials of my Hebridean self steering system during and after my Netherlands cruise. This is a system I built over two weeks in July. Here’s the result.

Here are a few things I mention in the video that are worth repeating.

  • When I set off, my Hebridean was not complete and I had no experience with wind vanes.
  • This is a story about my Hebridean on my boat.
  • Very small boats and junk rigs may require mods to the plans.
  • I should have spent more time experimenting with the bungee.
  • Don’t copy me until you have tried the system according to the plans.

Thank you everyone for your help and support with this project. Special thanks to John Fleming for showing great patience when dealing with me. Paul Thompson for keen technical insight. And Stephen Crowther for useful observations and support.

I’m sure the story’s not over yet, but part one is complete.

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2015-09-14 · 21:42

To Netherland

I have quite a lot of video from my Netherlands cruise, but not much where I’m talking about the journey or the boat. So I’ve decided to put together some “flavour” videos to frame everything. Here’s the first, with highlights of the outward journey.

Music is the excellent Flying Journey by Reasy.

More to come.  I do have some talking video too and I’ll edit that too.

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2015-09-13 · 23:18

A tour of Siskin

Here are a few notes and photos about the Newbridge Coromandel Siskin, owned by Antoine Maartens. They might be of interest to other Coromandel owners, and worth comparing with my previous notes about Gaspar and Sinobee.

Siskin seems to be pretty much in original condition, except for the mast.  Here are port and starboard views of her in dock at Huizen.

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She has this mysterious addition that Antoine described as “useless” but I was never quite sure what it was for. Antoine?

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Antoine said the mast had some strange modifications. It has a label from Proctor masts (like Tammy Norie’s) but was apparently made of two parts grafted and rivetted together.  I don’t have any pictures of this, but Antoine might be able to contribute some. He divided the mast and installed a hinge similar to Tammy Norie’s with a sleeve over the top. I don’t have photos of that either, I’m afraid. We were quite busy doing the rigging when we met.

I do have these pictures of Siskin’s mast step.

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This has been considerably reinforced from the simple bracket and bolt that appears on Tammy Norie and Gaspar.

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Siskin also has some carefully crafted blocks at the mast partners, that can barely be called wedges at all.

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Sinobee has something similar.

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Siskin’s mast cone also shows signs of repair and reinforcement. That’s the third Coromandel I’ve seen with this a reinforced cone. I recommend that all Corormandel owners reinforce their cones!

Those are the main interesting points I saw when looking at Siskin. I’m hoping Antoine will write up an account of the work he had done to her. He said that when he first got her home she was in a terrible state. I’d like to read the story in more detail.

I’ve put all the photos I have of Siskin in the Flickr album “Newbridge Coromandel Siskin” so that you can study them.

Do post questions in the comments section.  Antoine reads this blog and will likely answer them.

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