Bermuda Bound

My personal blog about my sailing hobby and generally interesting things I enjoy about living in Bermuda.

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Been oh so busy

04 October 2019
Adrian Lawrence
This summer has been crazy busy for me, I've made many trips back to the UK to sort our a family issue, which is now finalised. It really has limited my sailing time and the opportunity of even enjoying the summer here.

The UK is nothing like Bermuda in the weather stakes that is for sure.

Anyway I am back to sailing again for the first time in six months this weekend, I'll take pics and share very soon.

Keep in touch all my friends.

PS see my blogger blog

Flickr pics

13 May 2019
Adrian Lawrence
I love boats and yachts of all shapes and sizes, I've been spending a bit of time browsing the popular Flickr websites, there are some really great yacht pics on there.

Here are a few of my favs so far

Yacht 1

yacht 2

yacht 3

yacht 4

Yacht 5

Flickr is great as there are now literally millions of pics, I have my own galleries covering my interests

Bermy - Bermuda as
locals call it.

Las Vegas - really just pics that remind me of my last trip there in 2019

My Flickr profile can be found here

How to sail small dingies

11 May 2019
Adrian Lawrence
Another controbution to the Learn sailing blog

The craft you would be sailing are generally between 3.0m to 5.0m in length which can be sailed single handed or two plus crew, some types of sailing dinghy that spring to mind are for the single hander; Contender, Comet, Laser, Laser Funboat, Laser Pico, and Topper.

For the slightly larger dinghies for two or more crew you would have more of a chose from the following; Albacore, Bosun, Comet Duo, Flying Fifteen, Gull, Hornet, Laser 2000, Mirror, and RS400.

These craft are manufactured from, Wood, GRP (Glass Reinforced Plastic), inflatable's and Ribs, they normally come with a two or four wheel trailer dependent on the boats size. The trailer is used to launch the dinghy from; sailing clubs will have a launching jetty designed for this purpose.

When starting out on the water you will need to go out with someone who can teach you the basic's on sailing and how sailing dinghy actually works, plus learning the terminology that goes with that. Once you have done that and taken your turn at sailing the dinghy under tuition, it is now time for you to go out on your own.

When you first do this it is the most exhilarating and exciting part of learning this great sport and not forgetting that you are actually on the move and it is free, there's no cost for the prime mover, wind! It's a question I always raise when talking to motor boat owners when I take them out sailing on my sailing boat!

Sailing blog

Bermy Businesses

11 May 2019
Adrian Lawrence
I am always interested to hear of Bermudian companies involved with the UK (where I am from originally)

Bermuda Ltd seems to be based in Macclesfield Cheshire which is near Manchester

Bermuda Import Export ltd sadly seems to be inactive.

Bermuda Digital Printing interesting to know if they do any printing here in Bermy - I doubt it given the high costs here!

Bermuda Developments Ltd Another interesting sounding oufit.

I'll keep an eye on all of these as I like to deal with UK companies myself where possible.

Gibing

11 May 2019
Adrian Lawrence
I am writing a piece for a learn to sail blog at the moment, here are some of my ideas

Gibing
Gibing is a very skillful technique of maneuvering your sailboat. This is a team effort and every crew should remain aware of specific roles assigned to him or her while gibing. This maneuvering technique requires accurate timing and precision to carry out the action smoothly. It is important to maintain perfect balance of your sailboat while gibing to avoid any untoward incident of capsizing. The main sheet should be pull in as tight as possible without losing boat speed, when the signal is given to gibing the wind direction will pass over the stern of the boat, at the stage when the wind load on the sail is reduced the main sheet should be released and left to run. The wind will fill the sail and the main sheet can then be pulled in to its optimum position.

Docking & Mooring

Docking is another important and essential maneuvering technique. Successful docking depends on various associated factors like wind conditions, boat features, high tide or low tide, presence of other boats in the vicinity, and how best you can tackle available conditions to go through a smooth docking process.

While learning to dock your sailboat, you should try to practice in a quiet harbor where number of sailboats is few or almost nil. Before starting with docking process, plan every action considering available weather and harbor conditions. While docking, it is best to work into the wind. This provides a natural brake if maneuvering is not very successful. However, going along a strong wind can cause difficulties, as your sailboat would then move towards other boats or dock when you do not want it to do so.

Presence of tides and tide movements play an important role in mooring techniques. While tying up your boat in a mooring, be sure of length of mooring line. The drop between high and low tide could vary between few inches to around forty feet. Incorrect mooring could cause your boat to remain swinging in mid-air when the tide goes out.

While docking, it is necessary to reverse briefly to slow momentum and keep engine on so that you are able to monitor the boats movements perfectly. When docking a larger sailboat it is normal to place on the outside edge of the hull, fenders. These are inflated rubber sausage in shape of items complete with attaching line, to attach to the boats handrail. Consider and keep note of wind conditions before approaching or leaving the dock.

Mooring to a mooring buoy within a harbor or river, can sometimes be easier than docking to a pontoon. To moor a boat, you should approach the buoy bow first with crew ready with a boat hook. The mooring buoy will have a short length of rope with a float attached; this should be picked up using the boat hook and attached to your sailboats deck cleat. The buoy is anchored to the sea or river bed by a large diameter rope and then chain fixed to a concrete block.

If you are learning to sail then this article will help you understand how you can manoeuver, dock and moor a sailing boat or yacht before you even venture out on the water. I am a great believer that if you know the basics before you go out and practise anything, then you are half way there

Learn to Sail blog contribution

Attractions

11 May 2019
Adrian Lawrence
Found a good section on Brasskangaroo which is a sort of community publishing website run by an old friend of mine in the UK.

They feature a number of Bermuda related topics I read a good one just about the Top Attractions in Bermuda.

What is also cool to find out is that they are fund raising at the moment, I am going to sign up with Kickstarter myself and make a small pledge to help them along.

Their funding raising gig or whatever it is known of is here.

I read about their plans on their blog section

They have also produced a short but fun You Tube promo video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0O5K6vv8GE its a little limited but gives an idea of their offering at least.

It really would be nice to see them making good progress.
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