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Tammy Norie and I are both alive

Hello friends and followers of my adventures on Tammy Norie. I’ve had several messages asking after me. I thought I should give you a quick update!

I have been quite unwell for several months, and unable to make very much progress with plans and repairs to Tammy Norie, let alone launching and sailing her.  There are several stories to tell.  When Dad and I towed her south from Cambridge, both the offside wheels fell off the trailer. Tammy had to be rescued for the second time since I’ve had her. This time it wasn’t a salvage company, but a low loader that brought her home.  The studs holding on the wheels sheared.  There was no other damage or injury, though the traffic on the M25 was stopped for a few minutes while I retrieved one of the wheels. It has taken quite a bit of work to fix the trailer.

I’ve made repairs to two nasty dings in one of Tammy’s keels, and this weekend my girlfriend and I cleared her out completely and gave her a good clean. I’m hoping to get her re-launched within a week, so that we can enjoy some relaxed sailing around Purbeck this summer.

My health has necessarily limited my plans a great deal this year. You’re probably wondering what’s wrong with me. So is everyone else! I’ve been extraordinarily fatigued and weak for months. In March and April I only had a few hours each day awake, and those felt like I had severe jet lag. I seem to be recovering though, and I’m sure getting out in the sun on the sea will have a positive effect.

So, expect some new stories, pictures, and video.

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Beaulieu Boat Jumble

I will be at the Beaulieu Boat Jumble tomorrow with a boot-load of bits and pieces to sell. Do let me know if you’d like to meet.

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I promise I’ll write a longer update this week!

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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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The way back

I’ve spent two days in Harlingen making repairs to Tammy Norie, one very wet, one dry and so hot that I couldn’t touch some of my tools. I’ve been waiting for the winds to change, and now it looks like I’ll have north easterlies from Saturday night through Sunday. It’s time to get home.

Tomorrow I’ll sail to Den Helder. In the evening I’ll meet Martin Roberts, who asked to join me on the passage home. I’d planned to do it solo but with the Hebridean not yet reliable I think I’d prefer some back up on the tiller. What’s more I’ve achieved my goal of a 24h solo passage (and then some) on the way here.

If we get away promptly the tide and wind will help carry us south as we head west. I’m looking forward to being out at sea again.

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Netherlands plans

I’m writing as Tammy Norie is making a steady 4 knots hard on the wind heading northwest towards Goeree. I think she wants to escape Zeeland as much as I do. Though my dislike is no doubt partly because of the nasty wet weather, it also seems like an agri-industrial desert with very little to please the eye.

My plans for the rest of the cruise are:

  1. Reach IJmuiden by tomorrow morning for the opening of SAIL Amsterdam. Sail with the parade to Amsterdam. Since I won’t be able to berth in Amsterdam I’ll sail through to Naarden or Huizen.
  2. Meet CUYC friend Dan who is buying a boat from Amsterdam and sailing her back to the UK on Friday. Several friends on the crew too.
  3. Meet other friends in Amsterdam.
  4. Meet Antoine Maartens and his Coromandel Siskin for her maiden voyage (since his restoration) to Edam.
  5. Sail north to finally visit the Waddenzee and islands.
  6. Depart the Netherlands (maybe at Den Helder) for East Anglia, quite possibly Woodbridge on the Deben.
  7. Get back to work!

It’s quite likely that Tammy will get a bit of east coast sailing in September. Exactly how she’ll get back to Fareham is yet to be decided and depends a lot on the weather, but it could be another road trip back to Mum and Dad’s drive for winter work.

And now you’ll need to excuse me, it’s getting dark, visibility is poor, it’s started to rain again, and there’s land in the way in all directions.

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Setting off for the Netherlands

I’m setting off this Sunday morning for my Netherlands cruise.

High tide at Fareham is at 07:06, so I can be out of Portmouth on the ebb by around 08:15.  The tidal streams will be helpful for most of the day.

The winds don’t look so great.  PassageWeather.com shows light westerlies until Tuesday, veering into northerlies and then westerlies later in the week.  I may get stuck in a few days time, but there’s nothing I can do about that except get off the boat and enjoy wherever I am.

On Saturday I’ll be making last-minute preparations:

  1. gluing together the trunk of the Hebridean self steering gear
  2. mounting the antenna of my new VHF so that I can get AIS warnings of approaching ships
  3. buying food

I’m not going to be able to make detailed posts with photos or video until I get back, since these are all edited on my desktop computer, but I hope to make short posts and show you the occasional photo.

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Netherlands Cruise

With the self steering almost complete, it’s time to plan my summer cruise — to the Netherlands.  I have plenty of reasons to go there — several sets of friends, islands, inland waterways, lovely people, and cheese — but also, Antoine Maartens (often seen commenting on this blog) is stepping the past of his Coromandel Siksin this weekend.  Siskin and Tammy Norie will meet.  Sister ships and birds together.

I’m hoping to make about 45 nautical miles per day on the prevailing westerlies, with overnight stops in ports. I was making 40 to 50 NM days last summer without too much difficulty. Of course it will all depend on conditions. I might get ambitious and try a longer leg while sleeping on self steering, but I’m not keen to do that in the English Channel, still the worlds busiest seaway with over 500 ships per day.

Here’s my outline passage plan:

  1. Fareham to Brighton
  2. Brighton to Rye
  3. Rye to Calais
  4. Calais to Ostend
  5. Ostend to the Rhine delta

At this point I’m in the Netherlands.  Since the coast between Rotterdam and IJmuiden looks quite boring, I’m interested in trying the inland waterways to get to Amsterdam via Leiden.  Then it’s around the corner to Edam to meet Antoine on Siskin, and off across the inland Markermeer and IJsselmeer to the Waddenzee, and the islands of Frisia, with no fixed plan.

I need to be back at work before the beginning of September, when my Swedish clients kick off their new work year. My plans for returning are not fixed, but roughly in order of preference, they are:

  1. Passage from Den Helder to Ipswich (140NM) or Lowestoft (115NM).
  2. Leave Tammy Norie in the Netherlands.
  3. Sail back to Fareham.

The long passage, done solo, would be a good warm-up for the Jester Azores Challenge 2016.

I’ll set out this coming weekend, as soon as conditions are favourable.

If you’d like to join me for any part of the journey, or meet me somewhere, please let me know!

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