The story of Topaz Rival

16 June 2019 | Portland
15 June 2019 | Weymouth
14 June 2019 | Brixham
11 June 2019 | Bristol
01 June 2019 | Torquay to Dartmouth
31 May 2019 | Torquay
26 May 2019 | Salcombe to Noss Marina
25 May 2019 | Salcombe
12 May 2019 | Dartmouth
21 April 2019 | Dittisham
20 April 2019 | Brixham to Noss
19 April 2019 | Brixham
12 April 2019 | Offshore Dartmouth
11 April 2019 | Totnes
22 March 2019 | Noss Marina
21 March 2019 | Weymouth
20 March 2019 | Poole Harbour
20 February 2019 | Lymington Yacht Haven
18 February 2019 | Swanwick Marina
14 February 2019 | Lymington

Winter berth

04 October 2021 | Hayling Island
Martin Whitfield | F4W squally
Buzz and I made the short journey from Itchenor to Hayling Island today to where Topaz Rival is planned to stay for the winter. We left the visitors’ pontoon at Itchenor under the watchful eye of the Harbour Patrol as I asked if she would just stand by because there was a strong tide and decent wind both from astern and I was sandwiched between two other boats. I feared once I let off the forward line I wouldn’t have time to dash back to the engine control before moving forward too fast towards the boat in front. Luckily, all went well but she said she would much rather be asked than be called in later. The channel up to Hayling Island Yacht Company is very shallow with a few twists and turns but we arrived safely just before high tide.

Near the end of this year’s journey

27 September 2021 | Itchenor
Martin Whitfield | F7 SW
We arrived in Chichester Harbour last night - just in time as a storm rolled through during the night. The place is as delightful as ever, but was crowded with every type of craft as we swept up the channel to Itchenor on a rising tide. The sail down from Warsash was lovely with a F4 behind and in bright sunshine - a good end to the season. The visitors' mooring buoys were half occupied by fishing boats which seemed a bit odd, but we moved a bit further up the Harbour to tie up on the visitors' mid stream pontoon. Up with the dinghy and a dog walk ashore before a rewarding pint in the Ship. Will be here for a few days as the access to the Hayling Island Yacht Company's berths needs a good spring tide - the next one is in a week. Still, there are worse places to stay.

Moving again at last

25 September 2021 | Warsash
Martin Whitfield | F5 W
Nice though Lymington is (my favour South Coast marina), after a week even its attractions start to fade and the expense of staying among such posh facilities starts to add up. I won’t go into the story of the new propeller as that needs a separate entry all by itself, but suffice it to say, I am extremely grateful for all those at Darglow for making me not one, but two new propellers - I told you it needed a story on its own. Anyway, the journey east continued in brilliant Autumn sunshine and a F5 wind behind as I sailed on genoa only to the River Hamble and tied up at the River Authority’s visitor pontoon at Warsash. A change from the big marinas and great fun to watch the steam of yachts leaving in the morning and returning at night.

Clunk, blade falls off propeller

16 September 2021 | Lymington
Martin Whitfield | Sunny
As we were motor sailing across Christchurch Bay, there was a loud clunk and then vibrations from down in the engine. A quick check found that the shaft was vibrating over about 1,000 rpm. Nick (engine) suggested we may have got something wrapped around the propeller and to proceed very slowly until we could find out what was going on. Jonas, who had joined at Chapman’s Pool volunteered to dive down and have a look and found that the three-blade propeller was now only a two-blade option. A further dive armed with the Go Pro camera added pictorial evidence which was then sent to Bruntons who said the best solution was a new propeller. Not very happy about that as paid them nearly £500 to have the propeller serviced fully at the beginning of last year. Negotiations are proceeding and we are stuck in Lymington!

Under the cliffs

15 September 2021 | Chapman’s Pool
Martin Whitfield | F2N
A short hop from Weymouth left us anchored in Chapman’s Pool, just west of St Alban’s Head. Matt was quite keen to see the dinghy in operation and we went ashore to meet Jonas who had come down from London for the trip to Lymington today. Very steep dog walks up the cliff. A very peaceful location and a starry night.

We go racing

14 September 2021 | Weymouth
Martin Whitfield | F4E
We met up with Joan, who sailed down from the UK to Portugal with me last year and who also happens to live in Weymouth. Over last winter she has acquired a Hanse 31 which she races as part of the Weymouth Sailing Club. As it happens she was racing in the last evening race of the season and asked Matt and I if we would like to come along. So we joined Joan and friend Christine for a lively sail around the cans in about 20 knots of wind! Great to see Joan again and do a little proper sailing.

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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