The story of Topaz Rival

Sailing adventures of one man and his dog. Please feel free to leave a comment!

Nautical Mr Whippy

Well there are things you don't expect to see out on the water and one of those is a Mr Whippy ice cream van. But this is Osbourne Bay in the Solent on a hot and largely windless day and what should appear over the horizon - a floating ice cream boat. They...

It’s a dog’s life

Itchenor is idyllic. Beautiful harbourside location, wildfowl everywhere, footpaths to all locations, green fields, a working pier, facilities and a wonderful pub. But this week the green fields were filled with the sound of a very loud automatic bird scarer,...

Sailing into Chichester Harbour

I've always admired those boat owners whom I have seen sail into Chichester Harbour and then follow the tide up river. Well today I became one of their number. Following a lovely downwind trip from Newtown Creek under genoa alone, I rode the tide all the way...

First solo of the season up the Creek

I failed to actually get a cockpit table at the end of the trip to Cobbs Quay in Poole Harbour. But at least we have been measured up ready for when new supplies of the mounting bracket are delivered by Lewmar. KT Howells, the makers of the tables say they...

Across Christchurch Bay

At least this time across Christchurch Bay, all the blades of the propellor stayed attached unlike in September when one fell off in the middle of the crossing. In fact, the propellor was hardly used as we sailed the vast majority of the trip from Lymington to...

We are a number

Topaz Rival now has her sail number back in place after Sanders Sails sewed it on to the new mainsail yesterday. We took advantage of a drop in the wind after dinner to put it back on complete with battens and reefing lines. Richard and I finished just before...

To Portsmouth Harbour

A great gentle sail yesterday to Wicor Yacht Haven in Portsmouth. Interesting place up Fareham Creek with a very long walk ashore pontoon. Perched right on the end berth which is fine. Debs, Howard and I had a big breakfast in the Salt Cafe and we are now...

First time for new sail

The first real sail of the season and the first outing for the new mainsail. Bit chilly with a bit of rain but we sailed all the way to the entrance of Chichester Harbour. The mainsail looked perfect, apart from the lack of the sail number of course. On board...

What a difference a day makes

The sun is shining. The sails are up. The birds are singing in the warm spring air. After yesterday’s rant over the cost of a couple of screws, all now seems more calm and peaceful. Looking forward to the first real sail of the season if Richard can join me...

The marine industry is nuts

It's not often I think of packing it all in, swallowing the anchor and retiring to a peaceful life ashore. But today was one of those times. While putting the mainsail up yesterday, we had to slot the sliding wheeled runners holding the sail into a groove on...


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