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Old 02-16-2010, 11:08 AM   #1
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Hello fellow salts!

I have just found this forum via the World Cruising Wiki - which is tremendous. I hope to do my bit by contributing to the UK entries - well at least the Channel part any way.

I sail a lovely dutch C-999 (bit like a Westerly for all you UK folk) and mostly trek around the English Channel. Those of you who know the English Channel and also the weather in the UK in recent years will realise that I sail in wet weather gear nearly all the time

My wife is my trusty first mate and she is entrusted to do anything dangerous on the boat while we are sailing - well someone has to do it - and I am the skipper, after all...

Having recently retired I find that I am adjusting slowly to the idea that I dont have to fit in a cruise to the Channel Islands or elsewhere into a 10 day window of "annual leave".... a most peculiar feeling.... I feel the mermaids beckoning... and hope that we will be able to depart on a truly extended cruise before too long.....

I am a bit of an electronics geek specialising now in tinkering with all things marine and electronic - i.e. the greatest single point of failure on a boat! I spent 35 years in IT, and have done just about every job in that industry from cable jockey to IT Director - if you would like to see my ramblings on the pitiful state of marine electronics I write a blog on the subject - but dont want to fall foul of the rules by posting a link here...

I would love to meet any other C-999 owners since they seem to be very rare outside of Holland - I have posted some video of "Enterprise" at work on <object width="425" height="355"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/yJLKYiN_3QA&hl=en"></param><param name="wmode" value="transparant"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/yJLKYiN_3QA&hl=en" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparant" width="425" height="355"></embed></object>- if anyone is bored....and want to see what summer is like in the English Channel
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Old 02-16-2010, 12:31 PM   #2
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Gosport to Cowes!! no wonder it's 'orrible. You need to get East of Selsey Bill. White sand beaches, coconuts on the trees and Hula girls...honest..

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Old 02-16-2010, 02:45 PM   #3
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Yes...well, its all right for you sunniing yourself somewhere in the Med!

I see you have a 33ft sloop what is it may I ask? The reason being that "Enterprise" is 32ft and some of the old lags at the yacht club have said its going to be too small, uncomfortable and slow crossing Biscay...... so many people seem to have 38 - 45 ft boats now especially the new French/German brigade - I presume you have found that size does not matter?
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Welcome aboard "Russab" - good to have you here.

Make yourself at home and we look forward to your contributions on both the forums and the Cruising Wiki.
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Welcome aboard! Thanks for the video and we'll be looking forward to hearing more from you about your plans and travels.

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Old 02-16-2010, 08:29 PM   #6
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Yes...well, its all right for you sunniing yourself somewhere in the Med!

I see you have a 33ft sloop what is it may I ask? The reason being that "Enterprise" is 32ft and some of the old lags at the yacht club have said its going to be too small, uncomfortable and slow crossing Biscay...... so many people seem to have 38 - 45 ft boats now......
I'm not a great one for statistics Russab but I think you'll find that certainly over the past 20 years the "average" size of pleasure yachts has crept ever upwards. Take the ARC Rally for instance, I think when that started the average size of boat in the rally was noticably smaller than today.

People can afford the mass produced larger size boats now, especially the marques that you refer to, so people get used to seeing rows and rows of white 35 foot plus boats in marinas and so they become the accepted thing. To own even a 30 foot boat once you needed to be fairly well off.

My reply to people who say "you need a big boat" is...Well Dr Peter Pye and his wife didn't with 'Moonraker' or Sir Robin Knox-Johnson with Suhali, what were they, Moonraker about 28 and Suhali 32 ? something like that anyway. And they were ocean sailors, as well as many others in boats that size.

My boat is a Nicholson 32, she's actually 33 feet on deck. Three and a half tons of lead inside her keel. The modern boats overhaul me in light winds and I catch them up when they're reefed right down with their lee rails under and my Nic's maybe got one reef in her main, Bet I know who's most comfortable them..

I'm always single handed, so plenty of room for me, but you shouldn't be too bad with just the two of you in your boat. Once you get down into the sunshine life is mostly spent in the cockpit anyway, and you won't need to stow so many wooly jumpers either...

It's horses for courses' really, I don't critisize the modern boats, but don't let people put you off mate. So, it takes you 6 days instead of 5 to cross Biscay, you're cruising not charging round the race markers in the Solent. As long as she's sound, her rig is in good order and you know your boat, then you'll be fine.

If it's any consolation to you there's a very nice Westerly Discus with a young couple on board on the next pontoon, what's she 32-33 feet? They're 3 years aboard now, ask them if they'd swop for a big modern boat...coo..they would say some very rude words..

Good luck Saxon.
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Welcome Russab. I am glad you like the wiki. We always can use some help there.
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