Adventures of Eowyn of Hamble

Log of Eowyn's sailing adventures. Plan for 2021 is sail around Great Britain, if COVID allows enough ports to open!

18 April 2021 | Mercury Marina, R Hamble
16 April 2021
10 April 2021
09 April 2021
08 April 2021
31 March 2021 | Mercury Marina, R Hamble
30 March 2021 | Home
29 March 2021 | Mercury Marina, R Hamble

Oh the glamour!

18 April 2021 | Mercury Marina, R Hamble
Martin Crick
Sailing boats are not always very glamorous.

The non return valve on the toilet wasn't working, so water in the outlet pipe going up to the top of the holding tank would flow back into the bowl. As long as you'd flushed thoroughly, just meant water in the bowl could slosh out under sail, but if someone didn't flush thoroughly enough... Suffice to say it needed sorting out!

The valve is under the bowl and can only be removed when the whole toilet is removed. Grrrr. Fortunately, as I'd expected, the problem was scale. So remove the valve, put it in a container of kettle descaler for an hour, rinse and refit. What a lovely way to spend a sunny, windless, Sunday.

Moved on board!

16 April 2021
Martin Crick
Well, the forecast is still giving easterly winds for the foreseeable future, but I have now moved on board. By which I mean the car is at home, the home fridge and freezer are empty and turned off; my kit is aboard and the boat fridge is stocked!

This week has been attending to lots of little but important jobs. I’ve just finished treating the water system - first a cleaning, then a rinse, then a refill, and change the carbon filter. Since the system holds 345 litres, it takes a long time to do this!

It just remains to collect the spray hood and cockpit awning, which had to have a zip replaced, and I should be ready to go.

Now, about that wind...

What does "prevailing wind" mean?

11 April 2021
Martin Crick
I had a beautiful passage plan worked out. Sail to Littlehampton on Thursday or Friday, and then do the long haul to Dover on Saturday. The tides are perfect - I'd leave Littlehampton at about 6am, fight a slight inshore tide for the first couple of hours, then pick up the beginning of the flood round Beachey Head and ride it all the way, gaining about 2kts most of the way.

Then I got the wind forecast shown in the image. ENE to NE, 10-20kts. From Thursday til at least Sunday. Bang on the nose. Supposedly the prevailing wind in the English Channel is SW, so it figures that when I want to go east, I get an easterly wind!

Oh well. The point of having several months for the trip was to pick weather windows...

Bells or Boats?

10 April 2021
Martin Crick
My two main hobbies are pretty much incompatible - change ringing on tower bells is not possible at sea! This was the theme of my birthday card from my brother back in March.

Today was a case in point. It was my honour and privilege to toll the tenor bell at St Mary Magdalene, Richmond, in tribute to and thanksgiving for the life of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Whatever happened to ...

09 April 2021
Martin Crick
Baby steps, but an important one - updated the Almanac. It seems even the book titles are trying to obliterate the memory of 2020!

Further passage planning

08 April 2021
Martin Crick
Turns out there isn't any reason Brighton and Eastbourne marinas couldn't open - since Littlehampton and Dover are open! Only to yachts with holding tanks, as facilities on shore remain closed, but that's not a problem.

So now I'm trying to figure out a passage plan from Littlehampton round to Dover. It's a long passage - about 75nm - but if I get the tides right I should be able to go the whole way with it.

Down to Eowyn again tomorrow to get the mainsail cover back with its new zip, clean up and reinstall the carpets.
Vessel Name: Eowyn of Hamble
Vessel Make/Model: Hallberg-Rassy 36 Mk1 1993
Hailing Port: Hamble
Crew: Martin Crick
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