Monday, 22 August 2016

Saellen Vaerre

Is a Marieholm folk boat, apart from needing a quick scrub around the waterline she's rigged and ready for the season.


The spray hood suggests she's a cruiser or at least the owner likes somewhere to shelter when things get cold and wet.


Nice.


Friday, 19 August 2016

The good ship "....."

I guess the owner is either a fisherman or owns the local fish and ship shop.


This probably wouldn't have caught my attention were it not for the fore deck rope work.


While I was thinking about he strange names motor boaters so often have for their boats, I passed this yacht, while not quite Passing Wind, or Breaking Wind, anything with wind is probably better avoided.


Monday, 8 August 2016

Matilda in good hands

Matilda Emile our First 21 moved up to her new home at Scarborough on the north east coast almost 2 years ago, but the new owner is still sending me pictures and she's looking great.


That pink spinnaker looks fantastic reflected on the calm, blue sea, apparently the picture made the local press.

Below Matilda or Valkyrie as she's now named leads the fleet.


Thanks to Roger for sending the pics which were taken by John Edmonds who hopefully won't mind me posting here and who has some great pictures of Scarborough on his web pages.

Friday, 5 August 2016

Itechenor views

A gaffer, looks like a Cape Cutter beating back up to Itchenor


A little later they approached Chichester marina under engine, presumably having given up beating against the big spring tide.



While out of the moorings this pretty double ender swings quietly to the tide.


Seen while cycling the Saltern's Way, I really need to get out and have a sail or row around Chichester harbour.

Monday, 1 August 2016

Pier Head Cafe

The old cafe building at Swanage pier head has some interesting graffiti. There's obviously a local controversy over the proposed development for which planning appears to have been granted back in 2012.


Edward Hooper's Nighthawks have come to Dorset in this side mural.


I'm in two minds about the proposed development, Swanage is a largely Victorian seaside town and while I quite like the new design, my personal opinion is that it's too much contemporary cookie cutter, glass and steel architecture with no attempt for the context and history of the pier head area.

Given that the planners made such a hash of the failed marina development back in the 1980's with the result that a bunch of Spanish style dwellings now grace the area beyond the pier I'm not at all sure they can be trusted with this.

Friday, 29 July 2016

Harbour Views - Keyhaven

I have to say Keyhaven is one of my favourites. It's a shallow, presumably natural harbour protected from the prevailing weather in pretty much most directions.


There's an interesting mix of  small day boats, motorboats, RIBs, local fishing boats and of course the Keyhaven SCOW fleet.

Always seems to be lots going on.