Monday, 29 December 2014

Clothing Snobs

Extract from Yacht Ate-a-Cake.

The couple in the boat rushing towards the anchorage are wearing matching brand new high-tech water proofs, gloves and life-jackets. Together they come forward to sort out the state-of-the-art anchor, and then they both go back to the cockpit to motor into position, back to the bow together to deploy the anchor then finally both back in the cockpit to reverse the engine to try to dig the hook into the sea bed. They stand side by side for five minutes and decide they are dragging and move forward as a pair again to the bow to retrieve the chain. Back to square one and the whole operation is repeated five or six times hand in hand. Finally they give up and motor back to their marina berth to tell friends of the wonderful day’s sailing they have had. They were probably newly-weds who have just taken up their new hobby together.

Next in complete contrast another boat arrives by sailing into the anchorage. A chap walks forward in an old shirt, the sails are dropped and then with a slippered foot kicks the old anchor over the bow roller, a small cloud of rust rushes out from the chain as it races into the depths. A lady appears in the cockpit and jams the engine in reverse to dig in. Then a quick look around, engine off and they disappear down below. Later you find out that someone managed to get them to spill the beans and admit that they have just completed a circumnavigation.

Don’t judge a sailor by his slippers.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Sometimes it's best not to know what is going on behind you!

While rounding Portland Bill towing our large dinghy the sea was confused and dangerous, we were having difficulty just getting Middaysun to go in a straight line while the dinghy was trying to brake free.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Internet Afloat

Things I do to get Ate-a-Cake on line!!!

An Interesting Situation

The End of the Season

At the end of the Season equipment is starting to get tired and a bit leaky, not worth fixing this season plenty of time to do it during the winter, (but inside you know it will all be left to the last minuet in the spring with a lot of searing and pulling out of hair)
All that crap that has found it's way on board has to be taken home. 

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Just be warned the little darlings were listening to you during the sailing holiday!!!

Introduction to Ate-a-cake

I have been sailing around the English Coast for a number of years and during travels I have seen other yachtsmen and women getting themselves in all kind of tricky and embarrassing situations just by their lack of knowledge of sailing protocol. A lot of the occurrences were noted in the log, (some of which were caused by us!)

All the boating courses and qualifications provided are all very good and I highly recommend them, but they seem to miss out on the etiquette of yachting. This got me thinking, writing and drawing. Slowly this guide started to emerge.