The story of Topaz Rival

06 July 2020 | Dartmouth
02 July 2020 | Bristol
27 June 2020 | Noss Trots
17 June 2020 | Noss Trots
04 June 2020 | Noss Trots
02 June 2020 | Noss Marina
28 May 2020 | Totnes
16 May 2020 | Bristol
15 April 2020 | Bristol
01 April 2020 | Bristol
25 March 2020 | Bristol
24 March 2020 | Bristol
04 March 2020 | Totnes
07 February 2020 | Totnes
05 February 2020 | Bristol
26 January 2020 | Totnes
09 January 2020 | Totnes
01 December 2019 | Totnes
18 November 2019 | Totnes
08 November 2019 | Totnes

Leaving Noss

06 July 2020 | Dartmouth
Martin Whitfield
Topaz Rival is now in Dartmouth after leaving Noss Trots. No problem getting off this time as Darren came to help Dawn and I in strong winds. We celebrated being on the move again with a socially distanced cold beer outside the Floating Bridge. Tasted very good indeed. Still a bit of work to do as too windy again to get the sails up. Hoping it might be quieter up in Totnes tomorrow morning where we are going for a couple of things to be measured at Baltic Wharf and to pick up the new emergency tiller.

Change of plan

02 July 2020 | Bristol
Martin Whitfield
We have taken the decision to postpone the ARC+ this year until 2021. The latest update from the World Cruising Club confirmed that the rally would go ahead, but there were lots of ifs and buts, including the chance that it would not stop in the Cape Verde islands. A big part of the ARC is the party atmosphere and it is hard to see how that will all work with the remainder of the virus still hanging about. Socially distanced seminars and parties just don't sound right. Anyway, decision made and we have provisionally booked six months berthing in Lagos Marina in the south of Portugal. We stayed there for a couple of weeks in 2015 and is not a bad place to overwinter. The marina is very sheltered and secure. Now we just have to get there before the autumn weather systems start to roll in from the Atlantic. Target some time in October should be OK, leaving the UK in August. Here is a picture of Lagos Marina....

Getting ready for sailing

27 June 2020 | Noss Trots
Martin Whitfield
A week today and we can go sailing again! More preparation at the boat on the trots yesterday with additional sorting out of all the equipment. However, quite a bit still needs to be done - it was too windy to put up the sails for example. We also have to go back up to Totnes to have the protective box measured to fit around the new autopilot linear drive. Without it there would be the risk that anything put in the stern locker would interfere with the pilot’s operation. The old sprayhood is back up for the trip to Lymington and a new liferaft has been ordered from Ocean Safety - delivery in about three weeks, again to Totnes for Baltic Wharf to fit. As you can see, the Bluetooth battery monitor shows the solar panel and wind turbine were outpacing the fridge yesterday (+5.01A) even though it wasn’t particularly sunny.

Sun and wind

17 June 2020 | Noss Trots
Martin Whitfield
Popped down to the boat again today to move her back to the trots after Nick (electrician) has finished work. You can see the new solar panels and wind turbine in the picture which should give us a reasonable amount of energy - certainly enough for everything, maybe apart from the fridge and even that if hours are limited. Also popped on the new main and spinnaker halyards and took some other lines off ready to be replaced. The wind was in the wrong direction to put the sails back on, particularly as I was on my own. Looking forward to sailing properly next month (fingers crossed).

On the Trots

04 June 2020 | Noss Trots
Martin Whitfield
Topaz Rival is now at her new home on the Noss Trots for the next month at least. Hopefully next month we will be able to stay overnight and thus move about a bit. However, the Trots are rather beautiful and extremely peaceful in the middle of the river. Before we left the marina, a trip was made back to Totnes to unload all the items held in a storage bin and put them back on the boat. Hard work indeed, but much easier when the boat is alongside. Everything is stuffed up in the forecabin while the remainder of the electrical work is finished and it will be a fine job sorting everything out and putting it in the right place. Ideal work for semi-lockdown.

Topaz has to go back to the marina on Monday as Nick (electrician) has a few things to finish off and we will get the cleaned and repaired sails delivered at the same time.

Back in the water

02 June 2020 | Noss Marina
Martin Whitfield
Topaz Rival is back in the water at last! Dawn and I and Nick Oxley from Oxley Marine had a wonderful trip down a virtually empty River Dart from Totnes to Noss Marina, arriving shortly after high tide. New engine working well and with a slippery hull we were doing six knots through the water with only around 1,000 rpm. Full throttle gave us more than 8 knots! Just had time to load some more stuff out of the storage locker in Totnes before having to leave the marina to observe the "no overnight stays" restrictions and retreat to Bristol. Will have to go back down on Thursday to move Topaz to the river trots. Anyway lots more to do on the boat - no sails at the moment for example - plus Nick (electrician) has yet to fit the solar panels and the wind turbine, plus other bits and pieces.
Vessel Name: Topaz Rival
Vessel Make/Model: Rival 36
Hailing Port: Dartmouth
Crew: Martin Whitfield and Dawn Kelly
About: Plus dogs Buzz and Bonnie
Topaz Rival's Photos - Refit
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Topaz Rival at or about the time of survey in December 2018
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