The story of Topaz Rival

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

Heading south

The first 70 miles of the journey south are complete with a windy and bumpy ride from Lymington to Alderney. The nasty following sea caught up with me about half way with a bout of male de mer, but both Richard and Didi were fine. The advantage was that we...

Something you hope you never use

Richard and I went to see the first stages of Topaz's liferaft service and saw it inflated. Looks a very small space for four people. But good to see our actual raft after trying out another brand on our sea survival course. With departure day approaching with...

Long life batteries

Richard and I had a weightlifting exercise loading four new Rolls AGM batteries to replace the ones I have somehow destroyed in record time. We took Topaz Rival to Port Solent Marina to allow loading from a pontoon connected to the shore rather than having to...

Boys on board

Great fun yesterday when Beth, my niece, and Richard, her partner, brought their two boys down to the boat for a day on the water. Noah and Gus had done a bit of kayaking and waterboarding, but this was their first time on a big boat. Lovely weather with the...

Getting wet and lifelong learning

Have spent the last couple of days in the classroom and swimming pool doing a refresher for the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) Sea Survival course, plus the World Sailing/RYA Offshore Safety Course. The main lessons are don’t fall overboard and only use...


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