Ollie goes sailing
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Author:  Ollie [ Sat May 30, 2009 9:55 am ]
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Hi all,
On Sunday, from 11:00 - 17:00hrs, the watersports club I am a member of is having an open day. It is free entry and you get to try out sailing and power boats also some angling stuff. It is at Stewartby near Bedford. so if you live in the Herts, Beds, Bucks area feel free to pop along. Have a look at the web site: http://www.swsc.org.uk/

I will be there giving rides on the cat.

Stewartby Water Sports Club Limited
The Clubhouse
Stewartby Lake
Green Lane
MK43 9LY


Author:  Ollie [ Fri Jun 05, 2009 7:44 pm ]
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Russell wrote:
:ar! Swallows & Amasons :ar!

i sailed a bit but just a wayfarer 2man otter lazer and a topper i loved the topper it was sooooooo easy to handle

Russell. If you ever fancy a spin?

Author:  Ollie [ Fri Jun 05, 2009 7:48 pm ]
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Old wobbler wrote:
Got into sailing about 3 years ago after 40 years as a sea fisherman. Now use the works sports clubs yacht out of Essex. (Najad 38 :mrgreen: )

Currently working towards my day skipper ticket and have been looking at buying a small 26ft Westerly Centaur as a starter boat.

OW good to hear. As an island nation I think we should all have a go at the old sailing lark. If you ever need a crew I'm keen.

Author:  Finbar [ Sat Jun 06, 2009 12:20 pm ]
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Never done any proper sailing myself, although it does look a bit good. Especially when they are hanging out on a trapeeze at about 90deg. to the water. :o

I did used to work with an ol' guy in Southampton, Bob Parker was his name, who used to crew on the 'J class yachts' in the 30's. I think he was on Tommy Liptons boat. He was what they called a mast head boy. That was, he had to climb to the top of the mast to set the flag. All for 9d. a week extra.
He was a master at knot tying. If you left your hammer lying around, he would tie a Turks Head round the shaft in no time at all. A very interesting guy. ^:)^

Author:  millie [ Thu Jun 18, 2009 8:23 pm ]
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hi ollie did u go to the meldreth bike show nr royston it was a good night out

Author:  Ollie [ Sat Jun 20, 2009 8:26 am ]
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No millie I didn't know about this one. If you know of any other stuff like this drop me a line and post in the events ride out section.


Author:  Ollie [ Fri Oct 09, 2009 3:27 pm ]
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Hi all,
I did a bit of instructing back in September down on the Essex coast. The venue was Brightlingsea and I took along my camera. Unfortunately the batteries were flat. Luckily someone else had a camera and sent me this today:


I am at the bow of the boat controlling the spinaker. The lady at the stern was only a level 1 when we started in the morning and by the afternoon we were flying a kite. Thats great progress for a beginner.


Author:  Ollie [ Thu Sep 09, 2010 8:45 pm ]
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Re the above post.
Catching up on the BBC Coast series I spotted this:

On that day there was a chopper buzzing around and although I can't make out the number on the boat I am pretty sure it is me in the boat on the left. (yes the one with the collapsed kite).

Author:  Ollie [ Wed Sep 22, 2010 4:03 pm ]
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Been off the grid recently due to a sailing oppurtunity I could not turn down.
Got the chance to crew on a 72ft Challenger (of the BT Global Challenge fame). These boats have been around the world the wrong way twice and 4 of them are in the hands of a charity called 'The Tall Ships Adventures'.

With a crew of 16 we set off from Portsmouth and sailed the Solent for a get to know the boat session and overnighted in Yarmouth, Isle of Wight.
Early next day we set sail across the channel to spend the night in Cherbourg. Then it was on to the Channel islands. Our next night stop was in Alderney where we drank the pub dry. Next morning we sailed round to Sark to anchor for a few hours ready for a night sail back across the channel for our final destination Weymouth.

I found the trip was an experience of a life time and well worth the £400 (inc. travel) cost.
It was damn hard work and the night sail required a watch of 3 hours on 3 hours off that completely sapped the remains of my energy but we were all grinning and laughing all the way through the trip which made it worth the bruises.

Some photos of the trip:

Sunset in Sark

Cherbourg Marina

Cockpit & boom

The sister ship Challenger 3

Looking up the mast

Looking back from the Snake Pit to the Helm cockpit

Looking toward the bow with the Stay sail & yankee sail hard in

Alderney harbour

Sunrise in Alderney

Author:  jaz66 [ Wed Sep 22, 2010 4:11 pm ]
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Cross Channel........ :-?

Where is the pic of the Duty Free................... :ymhug:


looks like a good trip ollie..and worth the money

Like the pics mate.... :thumright:

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