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Portland to The Sun
Vessel Name: Paradox of Plym
Vessel Make/Model: Freedom 39 Pilothouse Schooner converted to junk
Hailing Port: Brighton
About: Brian and Maddy Kerslake
About: We are ex teachers and semi-retired owners of an educational software company, Topologika Software Ltd. We have been sailing for over 35 years, starting with a Mirror Dinghy in 1972 and progressing to our current yacht, a Freedom 39ft which we have converted to a junk rig.
Extra: Members of the Junk Rig Association
Recent Blog Posts
29 September 2011 | East Cowes, Isle of Wight
We would have stayed for another night so that we could enter the Medina river on Monday when there would be less traffic, but the forecast wasn't good for anchoring, so we left around 0900, motoring on a favourable tide until we reached a point just west of Cowes where three large tankers were laid [...]
29 September 2011 | Isle of Wight
Next day we set off from Studland Bay for the Fairway Buoy at the entrance to the Needles Channel, homing in on it as a GPS waypoint, but regularly monitoring progress the old fashioned way, by compass. It was a lovely sail, and a treat to tackle this famous passage into the Western Solent, with the [...]
29 September 2011 | Weymouth
After a lot of setbacks - mainly to do with the new rig, poor weather and my back - we gave up the idea of crossing the Channel to France, Spain or Portugal this year, and decided to retreat to the Isle of Wight, East Cowes seeming to be a good place for a 6 month winter berth. Several sailors we met [...]
16 August 2011 | Portland Marina
Local stainless steel fabricators built us two boom crutches, the main sail one being shown here. Brian designed it so that we can use it for stowing the mainsail when in harbour, but it also stops the sheet decapitating the helmsman and provides a structure for a bimini and cockpit tent.
13 August 2011 | Portland Marina
Bent boom
13 July 2011 | Portland Marina
We have been in Portland Marina, a very smart new Dean and Reddyhoff marina for about nine months now. The Olympic Sailing events will take place from this marina next year. Best to get out before then, but it is taking much longer than we thought to convert our Freedom rig to junk. However, we have [...]
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