A trip to the Plymouth Breakwater

They must have a different kind of sea at Plymouth – for at the end of November, just a couple of weeks ago, fearless Will Stirling actually went swimming in it and survived, as the photos above show. Ugh!

Here’s what Will has to say about the escapade:

‘We visited the breakwater in the summer in our new expedition dinghy.

‘Our anchor fouled and I had to swim out to the boat and cut the rope. Last week we recovered the anchor which had become caught under a rock but was none the worse after four months in Mr D Jones’ locker.

‘Best wishes, Will’

Will reports that the construction of Plymouth Breakwater began in 1812 and completed in 1841. It is 1,560 metres long, 13 metres wide at the top and 65 metres at the base, lies in about 10 metres of water and is composed of 4 million tons of rock.

The beacon on the Eastern End has a spherical steel cage on top that can accomodate six shipwrecked sailors – though Will is dubious about the the benefits of dying slowly from exposure in the cage rather than dying quickly by drowning.

Thanks for the photos and the story Will!

Traditional yacht Builders and wooden boat repairers Stirling and Son Ltd are at the No 1 Covered Slip, South Yard, Devonport, Plymouth and has a website at www.stirlingandson.co.uk. The 14ft Expedition dinghy is one of the company’s range of handsome clinker-built dinghies.

The 2011 Plymouth Classics 29th July to 1st August

Plymouth Classics 2010, photo by Jane Bryan http://www.pinkfluffysnails.com

Plymouth Classics 2010, photo by Jane Bryan http://www.pinkfluffysnails.com Plymouth Classics 2010, photo by Jane Bryan http://www.pinkfluffysnails.com Plymouth Classics 2010, photo by Jane Bryan http://www.pinkfluffysnails.com

Photos from last year’s Plymouth Classics taken by Jane Bryan. Click on the images for much larger photos

The 2011 Plymouth Classic Boat Rally takes place from Friday the 29th July through to Monday 1st August 2011 at Sutton Harbour and more than 40 boats are expected.

This may be a surprise to some folks, who may remember the event being cancelled at an earlier stage, but it’s now back on thanks to the hard work of long-time supporters and the Devon Gaffers, and the help of Sutton Harbour.

Entries for racing will likely close on the 26th July to enable the race committee to complete their essential handicapping work, so if you’re going please get in touch quickly!

The details are on the Rally’s new website www.plymouthclassics.org.uk.


Bill Serjeant reaches Plymouth in epic 14ft boat voyage

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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

Those of us who have had our faith shattered by the election of the new comedy mayor of London can draw some comfort from the success of a much more modest celebrity: Bill Serjeant.

Brave Bill has now made the trip from Essex to Plymouth in his little 14ft boat Faith, and I say he and his little craft deserve applause all round!

Follow his progress on his weblog Bill’s Log.

For more posts featuring Bill, follow this link.