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A trip to Oare in June

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Oare in June

Clouds and light in the Swale towards evening. Click on
the images for larger photographs

We took a trip to Oare this weekend and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, as despite a less than wonderful weather forecast we had some near perfect sailing conditions, interesting light and cloud, and some good looking old boats. I can’t imagine a more powerful reminder of why we like to sail.

Oare in June

Julie’s shot of the Thames barge Mirosa. The object on Horse Sand
to the left is a beached yacht with someone on board – hopefully
they were there to clean its bottom rather than simply stuck.
I should add that a sizeable group of seals were basking on the
beach just 100 yards away from him. I wonder if he or they knew
about each other?

Oare in June

Julie’s photo of the (hopefully) careened yacht

Oare in June

How about this? Barge yachts are a rare sight nowadays,
but were popular in the 1920s and 30s. I’m sorry I couldn’t
get closer, but we were moored at the time. I’d love to hear
more about the boat – is she the one that
Classic Boat
featured some years ago?

Oare in June

Thames sailing barge Will

Oare in June

Will and Mirosa moored in the Swale

Oare in June

On the way home we dropped into Lower Halstow to check
out a cruising destination and found a pleasant, out-of-the-way
sort of place, with some fine old buildings, an old quay
next to the church, and the barge
Edith May in the process of being
restored. I don’t know who’s doing it, but good luck and
more power to their elbows!

Oare in June

Oare in June

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Modest celebrities Bill Serjeant and Nigel Davidson pass by on their way to the West

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Bill Serjeant’s Faith under sail

Bill’s little boat Faith. Click on the image to see his videos showing her
making way

Bill Serjeant is currently sailing his remarkable little heavyweight 14-ft Paradox cruiser Faith from its home port at Burnham on Crouch along the South Coast down to the West Country, where he intends to meet and sail in company with another Paradox sailor Al Law.

As Bill’s weblog records, along the way he anchored for a time in our sailing ground, the Swale, before sailing out along the North Kent Coast. However, over the last couple of days he’s been waiting out some bad weather in Ramsgate Harbour, where he met Nigel Davidson, who is currently circumnavigating the UK in his pretty 24ft Hillyard-built yacht Patsy Rye. For an earlier post about Nigel and his journey, click here. Huge good luck to both of them!

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Bob Telford’s first race sailing a dinghy with a standing lug

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Standing lug sail from W P Stephens classic Canoe and
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Bob Telford called by the yard currently restoring his impressive Maurice Griffiths-designed Idle Duck (type the word Idle Duck into the search box top left for more on this boat), only to find himself roped in to what sounded like an interesting round-the-buoys outing. Instead, though, it turned out to be a learning experience…

‘I knew something was afoot when I trundled into the inner sanctum known to some as Alan’s Community Center, for Retired Shipwrights, Dockyard Mateys and Associated Layabouts, and saw him and Peter look up, saying ’just the man…d’you fancy sailing in the Swale Match in me dinghy?

‘”Yes,” says I, without thinking.

‘The boat is a 10-ft lug rigged clinker job, so there I was, on my own, in a dinghy I had never rigged, let alone sailed, heading for the line for a race against four 16-ft fully crewed gaff-rigged dayboats.

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