The story of Topaz Rival

01 December 2019 | Totnes
18 November 2019 | Totnes
08 November 2019 | Totnes
09 October 2019 | Totnes
03 October 2019 | Totnes
30 August 2019 | Bristol
28 August 2019 | Noss Marina
27 August 2019 | Salcombe
25 August 2019 | Plymouth
24 August 2019 | Fowey
23 August 2019 | River Yealm
28 July 2019 | Dartmouth
27 July 2019 | Dartmouth
26 July 2019 | Brixham
12 July 2019 | Dartmouth
11 July 2019 | Weymouth
10 July 2019 | Lymington
09 July 2019 | Hayling Island
08 July 2019 | Gosport
07 July 2019 | Swanage

Disaster plucked from success

28 July 2019 | Dartmouth
Martin Whitfield | W F3
The idea was to get the cruising shute sailing for the first time. This would be new to me, new to Stephen and Colin who was on board as well, and new to the sail itself which was still prestine in its sail bag circa 1997. New blocks were acquired at Darthaven Marina and we tried to work out all the lines before leaving the dock at Noss. All was going well in a flakey wind and we had just sorted out the correct way the lines should run when the wind dropped and as we tried to find it, a slight error in going up rather than down wind meant the sail got wrapped around the steps on the mast and the sheet around the prop! We all recovered well. The tear was not too bad when we got it down and Stephen bravely unwrapped the remaining line on the prop back at Noss. The rope cutter on the prop did its job so it could have been a lot worse. This is how lessons are learned and we’ll know better next time.
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Vessel Name: Topaz Rival
Vessel Make/Model: Rival 36
Hailing Port: Dartmouth
Crew: Martin Whitfield and Dawn Kelly
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...
 
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Winter refit at Baltic Wharf
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Created 2 November 2019
A selection of pictures from sailing in 2019
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Created 1 August 2019
Topaz Rival at or about the time of survey in December 2018
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Created 8 May 2019