The story of Topaz Rival

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
05 February 2020 | Bristol
26 January 2020 | Totnes
09 January 2020 | Totnes
01 December 2019 | Totnes
18 November 2019 | Totnes

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.

Leaving Noss

06 July 2020 | Dartmouth
Martin Whitfield
Topaz Rival is now in Dartmouth after leaving Noss Trots. No problem getting off this time as Darren came to help Dawn and I in strong winds. We celebrated being on the move again with a socially distanced cold beer outside the Floating Bridge. Tasted very good indeed. Still a bit of work to do as too windy again to get the sails up. Hoping it might be quieter up in Totnes tomorrow morning where we are going for a couple of things to be measured at Baltic Wharf and to pick up the new emergency tiller.

Change of plan

02 July 2020 | Bristol
Martin Whitfield
We have taken the decision to postpone the ARC+ this year until 2021. The latest update from the World Cruising Club confirmed that the rally would go ahead, but there were lots of ifs and buts, including the chance that it would not stop in the Cape Verde islands. A big part of the ARC is the party atmosphere and it is hard to see how that will all work with the remainder of the virus still hanging about. Socially distanced seminars and parties just don't sound right. Anyway, decision made and we have provisionally booked six months berthing in Lagos Marina in the south of Portugal. We stayed there for a couple of weeks in 2015 and is not a bad place to overwinter. The marina is very sheltered and secure. Now we just have to get there before the autumn weather systems start to roll in from the Atlantic. Target some time in October should be OK, leaving the UK in August. Here is a picture of Lagos Marina....

Getting ready for sailing

27 June 2020 | Noss Trots
Martin Whitfield
A week today and we can go sailing again! More preparation at the boat on the trots yesterday with additional sorting out of all the equipment. However, quite a bit still needs to be done - it was too windy to put up the sails for example. We also have to go back up to Totnes to have the protective box measured to fit around the new autopilot linear drive. Without it there would be the risk that anything put in the stern locker would interfere with the pilot’s operation. The old sprayhood is back up for the trip to Lymington and a new liferaft has been ordered from Ocean Safety - delivery in about three weeks, again to Totnes for Baltic Wharf to fit. As you can see, the Bluetooth battery monitor shows the solar panel and wind turbine were outpacing the fridge yesterday (+5.01A) even though it wasn’t particularly sunny.

Sun and wind

17 June 2020 | Noss Trots
Martin Whitfield
Popped down to the boat again today to move her back to the trots after Nick (electrician) has finished work. You can see the new solar panels and wind turbine in the picture which should give us a reasonable amount of energy - certainly enough for everything, maybe apart from the fridge and even that if hours are limited. Also popped on the new main and spinnaker halyards and took some other lines off ready to be replaced. The wind was in the wrong direction to put the sails back on, particularly as I was on my own. Looking forward to sailing properly next month (fingers crossed).

On the Trots

04 June 2020 | Noss Trots
Martin Whitfield
Topaz Rival is now at her new home on the Noss Trots for the next month at least. Hopefully next month we will be able to stay overnight and thus move about a bit. However, the Trots are rather beautiful and extremely peaceful in the middle of the river. Before we left the marina, a trip was made back to Totnes to unload all the items held in a storage bin and put them back on the boat. Hard work indeed, but much easier when the boat is alongside. Everything is stuffed up in the forecabin while the remainder of the electrical work is finished and it will be a fine job sorting everything out and putting it in the right place. Ideal work for semi-lockdown.

Topaz has to go back to the marina on Monday as Nick (electrician) has a few things to finish off and we will get the cleaned and repaired sails delivered at the same time.
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
3 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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