Sunday, 23 August 2015

I am sailing

Friday was my first long sail in Snarleyow, from Cobnor to Langstone to see a flotilla of WW2 canoes that took part in the Cockleshelll Heroes operation. They were transporting two blue plaques to commemorate Cdr Goulding, CO of the various naval establishments on Hayling Island that trained and operated waterborne special operations, including the original Special Boat Service.
Approaching Langstone I came up with Mike Gilbert out sculling, who took this picture of me looking very, very smug.
Then I went to the Royal Oak for a quick pint and returned tooking, if possible, even smugger. If that's a word.

8 comments:

Brian said...

Wonderful.

Steve-the-Wargamer said...

Magnifique.... I had the pleasure of (briefly) seeing Snarleyow the other weekend by the way.... my youngest works on Sundays at the kennels in Fishbourne...

Tillerman said...

Brilliant! I knew that if I followed you long enough this would turn into a sailing blog.

Patrick said...

New RFP rule? The skipper of the new Snarleyow is apparently a stickler for the wearing of PBAs. Unlike the previous bloke.

Bursledon Blogger said...

Welcome to the dark side. You'll be wanting a spinnaker soon.

Steve-the-Wargamer said...

An asymmetric cruising chute on a carbon fibre bowsprit at least??! :o))

Chris Partridge said...

Spinnakers are way overrated. If my limited experience over the weekend is typical, Snarleyow goes downwind at exactly the same speed as everyone else, including a large gaff cutter with both foresails set, a Victory with spinnaker and my chum Phil's Mirror. The only boat that really flew downwind was DCA President Roger Barnes's Ilur with its humungous dipping lugsail.

Chris Partridge said...

Steve - if you want a closer look at Snarleyow, feel free to knock on the door if you are dropping off the youngest.