Saturday, June 8, 2019

Jester Challenge - Baltimore

Approaching the Fal, earlier this year.
Off very early on Monday 10th June towards Plymouth for the Jester (single handed) Challenge to Baltimore in southern Ireland which starts on the 16th. Light winds forecast getting stronger during the week so I will probably be motoring, at least to start with.

For Iridium position tracking (from Monday) in a new window click this link.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Pictures from the April 2009 cruise

And the 50th anniversary of Robin Knox Johnson's solo circumnavigation.

In company with Suhaili going from Gosport to Falmouth for the event.

Lots of pictures and some videos here:

Suhaili (right) and Sir Francis Chichester's Lively Lady (centre) at the start of the parade.

Some of the 50+ boats in the parade.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Iridium Go Satellite coms installed

Iridium Go Satellite coms installed and its getting a bit crowded on the chart table, even without the lap top.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Rain and Spray protection.

Hopefully this will keep at least some of the rain that gets past the hood out of the boat and off of the chart table. The curtain can be either side or both as shown. The overlapping acrylic strips are hung individually so in most conditions only 2 or 3 need to be in place.

The lot can be put up or taken down in 2 - 3 minutes. The galley is on the wet side for easy access, there is also a seat that fits in the hatch way so I can sit in comfort under the spray hood to see what is going on.

Originally posted on the Achilles flickr site.

Gantry, additional Solar panel and Wind generator.

With the wind generator and a total of 145 Watts of solar (115W rotatable fore and aft to about 70 degrees) I will hopefully not need to run the engine or go into a marina to recharge the domestic batteries.

Originally posted on the Achilles flickr site.

The revamped forepeak

Trial fit of Sancerre’s reworked forepeak. 
Removing the bunk cushions (5” thick and always damp in season from wet sails being stored on them) gives a significant increase in storage capacity up front, the large spinnaker now being able to fit under the chain locker, the wide angle lense makes it look deeper but shorter than it is.

It also gives access to the fresh water bladder to starboard and two other lockers without having to remove one or both cushions  which was not really practical at sea.

The cushions can be replaced but there would be a lot of bolts to remove.

The end result except for a few more tie downs added later.

Originally posted on the Achilles flickr site.

Monday, January 7, 2019

The Sancerre Blog

This is largely a place holder for tracking and communicating with the boat via satellite (see pages above) - but I may well be tempted to make some postings :)

Sancerre - Achilles 9 metre No 21 (1976/7)