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

Topaz Rival comes to the rescue

13 September 2021 | Weymouth
Martin Whitfield | F2W
A big adventure yesterday as Topaz Rival responded to a Coastguard call to come to the rescue of a 31 ft sailing boat anchored in Lulworth Cove. The boat had a broken gearbox and could not move forwards or in reverse. Their anchor was also starting to drag. They were asking for a tow to Portland Marina for repairs. We were just approaching Weymouth and were about six miles from Lulworth. No other boats answered the call so we diverted to the cove. The plan formulated en route was to pull them alongside out of the narrow entrance to Lulworth and then astern on two bridles until near Portland where we would reverse the process to put them on the pontoon. Amazingly all went smoothly and we were lucky that the previous owner of Topaz Rival had left a long line perfect for the tow with a spliced loop in one end to which we attached our anchor bridle and a spliced plastic eye in the other for the rescue boat to thread its bridle. First time I have ever towed another boat but Matt and I agreed it was a good way to spend the afternoon (very little wind and a calm sea). Afterwards a rewarding drink in Weymouth courtesy of Galatea's owners who also made a small donation to the RNLI. Great fun!

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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