The story of Topaz Rival

04 October 2021 | Hayling Island
27 September 2021 | Itchenor
25 September 2021 | Warsash
16 September 2021 | Lymington
15 September 2021 | Chapman’s Pool
14 September 2021 | Weymouth
13 September 2021 | Weymouth
11 September 2021 | Bridport
10 September 2021 | Brixham
06 September 2021 | Dartmouth
05 September 2021 | Dartmouth
04 September 2021 | Dartmouth
02 September 2021 | Plymouth
31 August 2021 | Polkerris
29 August 2021 | Malpas
28 August 2021 | Falmouth
28 August 2021 | Helford River
27 August 2021 | St Michael’s Mount
23 August 2021 | Crosshaven
22 August 2021 | Approaching Ireland

The Guinness tasted good

23 August 2021 | Crosshaven
Martin Whitfield
We arrived in Crosshaven last night after four and a half days and 555 miles. Timed perfectly to catch a couple of pints of Guinness and some tasty fish and chips in the harbour. We were met around five miles offshore by an Irish customs cutter and speedy rib who checked through our passports and wished us on our way. The powers of AIS meant they knew we had come from Spain before we had a chance to tell them. Crosshaven is perfectly peaceful today and the staff at the Boatyard Marina very relaxed and helpful. Topped up with a full Irish breakfast at a cafe overlooking the harbour, I changed the engine oil and am now getting the boat ready for Ewart to join tomorrow after Joel left for Switzerland this morning. It looks like a new boom will be required following the crossing damage and hopefully this can be supplied by Allspars in Plymouth on the way along the South Coast.

Vessel Name: Topaz Rival
Vessel Make/Model: Rival 36
Hailing Port: Dartmouth
Crew: Martin Whitfield
About: Plus dog Buzz
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...
50 Photos
Created 30 March 2021
Post Covid sailing
5 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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