The story of Topaz Rival

25 July 2020 | Weymouth
22 July 2020 | Lymington
21 July 2020 | Itchenor
20 July 2020 | Port Solent
18 July 2020 | Osborne Bay
12 July 2020 | Lymington
06 July 2020 | Dartmouth
02 July 2020 | Bristol
27 June 2020 | Noss Trots
17 June 2020 | Noss Trots
04 June 2020 | Noss Trots
02 June 2020 | Noss Marina
28 May 2020 | Totnes
16 May 2020 | Bristol
15 April 2020 | Bristol
01 April 2020 | Bristol
25 March 2020 | Bristol
24 March 2020 | Bristol
04 March 2020 | Totnes
07 February 2020 | Totnes

Weather bound in Weymouth

25 July 2020 | Weymouth
Martin Whitfield | F5 W rain
Raining here in Weymouth and things not really likely to improve enough to get to Dartmouth until Tuesday. Clare and I had early start (5am) in Lymington to get through the Needles with the tide. Had to motor to St Alban’s Head but then good sailing in the afternoon sunshine to Weymouth, passing all the anchored cruise ships in the bay.

Great sailing

22 July 2020 | Lymington
Martin Whitfield | F4 NW
Left Chichester Harbour against the tide but then had the flow with us all the way to Lymington! Big smiles as Topaz Rival was flying along at seven knots in 13 knots of wind. The breeze got flaky around Southampton Water but then picked up again so we sailed to within a half a mile of the Lymington channel. It’s been great to be sailing with Dawn again and we had a lovely few days out on the water and got lots of little jobs done at the same time. Dawn left after fish and chips in Lymington and Clare is due tomorrow for the trip down to Dartmouth. PS Topaz Rival has a name!

Anchor at Itchenor

21 July 2020 | Itchenor
Martin Whitfield | Sunny
Perfect weather for our first overnight anchor with Topaz Rival at Itchenor. Calm and sunny with complete silence on the riverbank apart from the bird calls. Arrived just before low tide so waited for it to turn before heading to the Itchenor dinghy pontoon for dog walking. A quick stop at the Ship on the way back and a peaceful night’s sleep.

Stocking up at Port Solent

20 July 2020 | Port Solent
Martin Whitfield
We spent the forecast wet day at Port Solent where we stocked up on groceries and eventually managed to get the battens back on the mainsail. We also found a great walking spot for the dogs very close by. Only real problem was the long walk to the huge supermarket
for even a pint of milk - you would think that Port Solent would support a little shop.

Lunch with Victoria

18 July 2020 | Osborne Bay
Martin Whitfield | W F4
Having left Swanwick with a new traveller for the boom outhaul We popped over to Osborne Bay, Queen Victoria's favourite, to test the anchor for lunch. All went well in a very busy anchorage and another piece of equipment passed its initial test. With not very nice weather forecast for Sunday Dawn and I decided to opt for the comfort of Port Solent for a couple of nights. Perfect sailing weather meant we were touching 7.5 knots on the way over with full sail and downwind with the genoa on the leg to Port Solent.

Back to Lymington

12 July 2020 | Lymington
Martin Whitfield
Great few days sailing from Dartmouth to Lymington via Brixham, Weymouth and Swanage. Here to meet Sanders Sails tomorrow for the measuring of a new sprayhood. Sailed with Chris on this trip and the weather was mostly sunny but occasionally cold when the wind got up at the end of the day. Finally managed to get the sails back on with Dawn working the mainsail at Totnes and Chris the Genoa in Dartmouth. The journey to Brixham was genoa only as dead downwind but from there to Swanage was full sail with up to seven knots through the water. Lovely to be in Weymouth again and Swanage Sailing Club moorings are excellent although one day we must actually venture into the club.
Vessel Name: Topaz Rival
Vessel Make/Model: Rival 36
Hailing Port: Dartmouth
Crew: Martin Whitfield and Dawn Kelly
About: Plus dogs Buzz and Bonnie
Topaz Rival's Photos - Topaz Rival as purchased (Main)
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Topaz on her original berth: She has been here for 20 years or more
The quarter berth: No to sure whether to believe this, but was told this was the original plastic cover!
Instrument panel: The depth and autopilot work, not so sure about the GPS!
Bukh 36: I’m told that Bukh paint is first class. Well this engine is 29-years-old...
Survey lift shows keel shape: Topaz is the scheel keel version 1.5m draft
Rudder and skeg: As Tom Cunliffe says “a wholesome compromise between precise steering at sea, comfort, and athletic steering in harbour”. We’ll see about the latter...
Dirt and mould: An image of neglect
Deck: Nothing that a good clean can’t solve
Crazy portlights: There are 10 of these...
Post Covid sailing
4 Photos
Created 11 June 2020
Winter refit at Baltic Wharf
38 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 2 November 2019
A selection of pictures from sailing in 2019
31 Photos
Created 1 August 2019
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