The story of Topaz Rival

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

Ready to head North

Horta at last

A few miles from Flores

First leg, second place

Welcome to Bermuda

Nearly ready

Waiting outside

Nothing like a clean bottom

Shirley Heights

Galleon’s’ Beach

Green Island

Rest day in Jolly Harbour


English Harbour

Barbuda and back II

Jolly good

Quick trip to Barbuda

Deep Bay

Green Island

Mamora Bay resort

Racing to Falmouth

Arrival Antigua


Rain, rain, rain


A few days in Terre de Haut

Hitchhikers leave in rolly Portsmouth

Dinghy blues

Fort de France

Lucky in Le Marin

English translation

Fruit delivery

Anse d’Arlet

Dawn in Martinique

Happy New Year

A few days quietly at anchor

Alone in St Lucia

Marigot Bay, St Lucia

Lobster Bay

Saline Island

Sandy Island

Tyrell Bay


Rolly night

Entertaining Northern Light

New liferaft

Mid Atlantic picture

Reflections of a first-timer. From Jessie.

We have arrived!

Almost smelling land

The last stretch

Leg Two to Grenada, Day 14

Leg Two to Grenada, Day 13

Leg Two to Grenada, Day 11

Leg Two to Grenada,Day six

Leg Two to Grenada,Day five

Leg Two to Grenada,Day four

Bon appetit!

Leg Two to Grenada,Day two

Leg Two to Grenada,Day one

Ready to go again

Arrived in the Cape Verdes

Ready to go

ARC+ media star


Fifth day to Canaries

Fourth day to Canaries

Third day to Canaries

Second day to the Canaries

First day to the Canaries

Exciting news - off to the Caribbean

Out of the water

All calm in the anchorage

Some good sailing with Gus

Culatra is busy

Normal service resumed

Top of the river for me

Further up river

Away for a week

Drifting along the river

Cool Cadiz

Out of the Mediterranean

A short stop in Motril

Cala d’hort

Cala de Portinatx


Richard leaves for home

Cala Ratjada

Ciutadella historico

Sheltering in Cala Morell

Cala Sant Vicenc

Santa Ponca


Oh no, not again,

Mallorca in sights (almost)


Mooring ball at Moraira

Alicante at last

Outside Torrevieja

Fuel cleaning on Monday

New mechanic, new solution

Still stuck in Garrucha

Anchored again

Waiting for a mechanic

Bad day at the office

Robin goes home

Windy in Adra

Rolly anchor

Costa del Sol

Holiday hot spots

Old dog, new tricks

Into the Mediterranean

Safely in Gibraltar

Orca alley


A quick stop in Rota

The attractions of Ayamonte

Good to be moving again

Getting ready

First sail of 2023. Good to be out!

Feel the heat

High in the sky

Happy New Year

Winter in Lagos

Albufeira for the first time

Droning on

Real Rain

Travelling by boat

The left bank

Sticky river

Return to the river

Birthday celebrations

Portimao and Brexit madness again

Busy time in Ferragudo

Turning the corner

Under the cliffs

A short hop

Orcas or fishing pots?

Top of the cliff

Topping up the ship’s stores

Sao Jacinto - near the trimaran

Porto in the sunshine

Interesting navigation

Not quite paradise

A day at anchor

Gentle sail to Baiona

Great sail to Ria de Vigo

Back in the sunshine

Gently at anchor

Turning the corner

A change of plan

Safely across Biscay and a dip for Buzz

Second day across Biscay

First day across Biscay

The Chenal du Four

Going west again

The exception proves the rule

Crew change at Roscoff

Heavy rain here in Lézardrieux

Nous sommes en France

Diversion to Jersey

Guernsey in the sunshine

Heading south

Something you hope you never use

Long life batteries

Boys on board

Getting wet and lifelong learning

This is why you have a dog on a boat

Cowes at last

Towards Cowes

We have the flag…

Nautical Mr Whippy

It’s a dog’s life

Sailing into Chichester Harbour

First solo of the season up the Creek

Across Christchurch Bay

We are a number

To Portsmouth Harbour

First time for new sail

What a difference a day makes

The marine industry is nuts

Nearly ready to get out and about

Out of the mud

Sleet and the mast back

Ashore again for a few days

Spring cleaning

Award Winning Diary

The Good Lord

Storm Eunice

Birthday boy gets a present

The Ocean in a Bucket

Crew 2022 - Join Topaz Rival

Safety service

Boom, boom

New Year and off with the mast

Merry Christmas from the mud

Propeller saga ends at last

Winter berth

Near the end of this year’s journey

Moving again at last

Clunk, blade falls off propeller

Under the cliffs

We go racing

Topaz Rival comes to the rescue

Waiting for the tide

Revved up but will it go?

Le Tour of Britain

Happy birthday

Scary rescue on the radio

New boom

New alternative to Fowey

Malpas - Buzz in his element

End of the trip for Dan and Ewart

Helford and Frenchman’s Creek

Back in Blighty

The Guinness tasted good

Fourth day across Biscay

Third day across Biscay

Second day across Biscay

First day across Biscay

A Coruna on a roll

Sailing to Camarinas

Muros in the sunshine

Baiona - anchored in the bay

Last stop in Portugal - Viana Do Castello

Dolphins come out to play

Figueira da Foz for the second time

Along up the coast


Long way to Sines

Windy in Sagres

Sagres - waiting for the wind

Lagos return

Portimao is burning

Another boat trip

Look what the anchor brought in!

What time is it?

Up river

Three days sailing

Final point east

Wash day in Mazagon


Relaxing back on Farol

A dirty problem in Culatra

Out and back

Sailing with other humans

All looks familiar

Back in Ferragudo

Today’s super hero

The island of Culatra

Using the sun

Day sail to Faro

At anchor in Farragudo

Covid vaccination at last

Buzz gets dual nationality

Sailing again - great to be out

COVID vaccination next month

No sailing this week

The advantages of a good bicycle

Sahara rain causes boat cleaning frenzy

Sailing next month?

More Brexit nonsense

Another Rival in town

Dog walking in Lagos

Healthy eating in lockdown

New Year in Lagos

Bumpy day trip

Anchoring in Alvor

Washing day

Arrived in Lagos

Sailing at last

Another day south

Nervous return to Porto

More motoring

Beautiful Baiona

A Coruña a second time

Across Biscay

Belle Ile


South Brittany first

Across the Channel

Another lesson learned

Return to Dartmouth

Plymouth solo

Dartmouth is hot

Anchor waiting for Baltic Wharf

Lively around the Bill

Weather bound in Weymouth

Great sailing

Anchor at Itchenor

Stocking up at Port Solent

Lunch with Victoria

Back to Lymington

Leaving Noss

Change of plan

Getting ready for sailing

Sun and wind

On the Trots

Back in the water

Splash next week

Time for sailing again?

Seeing the sun and stars

Some choices to discuss

Upgrade review

Stranded ashore

Looks like a boat now!

Shiny mast

Out with the old, in with the new

More progress

Shiny new bottom

Boat with no name

Inside the tent

Refit progress

Mast down, engine out

To Baltic Wharf

ARC+ 2020

Back to Noss

Salcombe again

Dropping off Ewart

Sunny days

Going West

Disaster plucked from success

Always good to have a Plan B or C

Stephen’s return

Back to Dartmouth

Rafted in Weymouth

Topaz goes Home

Hayling at Last

Gosport Premier

Bouncy Swanage

Towards Hayling

Fuel reckoning

Dave’s 60 miles


Lulworth Cove

Porta Bote and Portland

Second visit to Weymouth

Off to Brixham again, headed east

Portabote and Torqeedo

Torbay Air Show


Downwind sailing

Solo to Salcombe

Dart Music Festival

Easter Sunday lunch

Full crew on board

Brixham in the sunshine

Sailing at last

Checking out Baltic Wharf

Arrived at Noss

Weymouth Town

Taking Topaz to Dartmouth

Return to Lymington

Rig check

The first trip - 0.5 miles

Topaz as purchased

Why Topaz Rival?

Why a Rival

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