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I post full information that I find on the Fay Marine information site, accessed through www.faymarine.com/ and I can be emailed at paul@faymarine.com.

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Happy sailing,

Paul Fay

Friday, 30 September 2016


We left Yarmouth on Tuesday 27th and had a good sail all the way to Chichester. We had to leave a little late because of the tides but arrived and anchored in Thorney Channel long before dark.

This is a good anchorage with excellent holding in thick gloopy mud, which it needs to be as the whole area is flat with no shelter from the wind and it blew a 7 for one night. Did mean that the wind genny kept the batteries charged.

Saturday is the first of the month and so we will be going into the marina for the winter.

After our time in Falmouth we are both looking forward to cycling on flat roads, not pushing the bike up a hill and free-wheeling down the other side!!

Also looking forward to meeting up with old friends from the Emsworth sailing club.


Monday, 26 September 2016

Onto the isle of Wight

We left Poole after a couple of nights and with a forecast of light winds were thankful that we had cleaned Ti Gitu's bottom. Well the forecast was wrong. We had a 'fast n frilling' creaming along at an average of 7 knots to the needles but once in the channel the seas calmed and we headed for the Newtown River.

This is a very tight anchorage and we decided to pick up a mooring for the night. The area is a nature reserve run by The national Trust. A few decades ago many yachtsmen helped the National Trust to purchase the area when a power station was threatened.

Now the National Trust charged us £21.50 for a night on a mooring. Obviously we scarpered to Yarmouth where we could lay alongside a pontoon for £16.50 a night but a bit more on Friday and Saturday nights.

Will I be supporting the National Trust in the future???

Yarmouth has been great. We met up with an old Fire Brigade friend - Martin - who now supplies fire engines for the film industry - http://www.cinifiretech.co.uk/  - Martin and wife Sue took us on a wonderful tour of the island for which we thank them profusely.

Ti Gitu will be heading for Chichester very soon although the tides are slightly wrong for an easy sail being against us until 2pm in the afternoon but we should be able to reach Chichester if we leave about 1pm on Tuesday. We'll plug the tide for the first hour and then hope things work out OK with the wind for a reasonable passage to arrive before it gets dark.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Dartmouth and East.

While in Plymouth a quick look at 'Bogey Knights' site on EBay showed that he was selling some epoxy exactly right to re paint the bottom of Ti Gitu so we went alongside the little quay near the store and it was delivered to us.

The only problem then was where to store two 20 litre drums and associated tins of hardener. It 'shoe horned' under the forward cabin berth.

The next day we left Plymouth for Dartmouth and had light winds which meant motor sailing all the way.

Dartmouth is like many of the South coast harbours and charges exorbitant amounts for visiting yachts. Amazing that just across the channel the prices are about half or less than what British harbours and marinas charge. Rip off Britain again.

We had a nice visit with Tom and Lorraine who are building a perfect motor boat. We take out hats off to them.

Spent just two nights in Dartmouth and then headed for Portland. Light winds but sailed most of the way. We anchored in the North of the harbour and as Ti Gitu's speed had been about 20% down started to look for somewhere to dry out and scrub the bottom.

We noticed there is a sand bar which totally dries out at the North end and on my birthday we put Ti Gitu on the sand and had an unpleasant time scrubbing. As it was my birthday I'd got a bottle of amber nectar which helped with the aches over the next couple of days.

Took the bus into Weymouth on the Monday but still think that it isn't somewhere we would want to stay. Much too 'kiss me quick' in the summer and dead in the winter.

A few days later made the move along to Poole harbour in light winds but Ti Gitu slipped along as designed with her freshly scrubbed bottom.

We anchored East of Brownsea Island. With the marinas wanting enormous amounts anchoring is a good option and we re found a hole in the mud flats where we could stay afloat.

We noticed some strange noises from the engine when we had motor sailed and traced them to the engine mounts. These were changed about seven years ago after the originals had done about seven years, so as soon as we are in for the winter these will be changed. For now we are just trying to be gentle with the engine.

Ti Gitu is nearly 15 years old and I have changed all the other plastic and rubber parts on the engine but didn't give the mountings or the flexible coupling a thought. This sort of thing, like the camshaft belt, need writing in the maintenance log, highlighting in advance when they need changing. This can save many problems when sailing.

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Along towards Chichester.

We left Falmouth at the beginning of September after an exciting year health wise. The management and staff at Falmouth Marina have been fantastic to us and we want to thank them all profusely.

We decided to make the short trip along to Mevagissy and had a near perfect sail. We knew that an Easterly was coming but didn't want to go to Fowey so sat out the swell in the harbour. The harbour staff were great to us and after two nights we left bound for Plymouth.

The wind was West and our course was 085 degrees. A few miles out a 30 footish dark blue yacht began to overhaul us probably on a course of about 070 degrees. Instead of keeping clear of Ti Gitu he decided to hold his course and was cutting across our course from starboard forcing us to take avoiding action. We still came within about 10 feet of hitting him. PRAT!!!!

But he was flying the biggest WHITE ENSIGN I have ever seen except on a warship.

Just explains exactly why many of us avoid yachts flying one of those ensigns designed to prove just how competent the skippers are!!!

Anchored in Dandy Hole up the St Germans river the next day a blue yacht came up to anchor and I promise I didn't laugh as I watched it go aground!! (I keep telling you there is a god.)

Anyway, the trip from Mevagissy was definitely 'fast an frillin' with a strong breeze from the West and we anchored in Cawsand for a couple of hours waiting for the tide to take us up to Dandy Hole. Spending a few days here before heading for Dartmouth to visit old friends who are building a new yacht.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Sister ship visit.

Falmouth saw the visit of Fayka which is the sister ship to Ti Gitu. Fayka has been built by Slawek in Poland and hasn't he made a great job of building her. Fayka is 40ft and a twin keeled version.

Slawek has photographed every stage of the building which he has published at http://www.ciunczyk.com/slawek/Fayka/

Currently Slawek and Fayka are completing a circuit of the UK having sailed from Gdansk out of the Baltic to Norway, then the Scottish islands, down the Irish Sea and then along the English Channel, through the Kiel Canal and home to Gdansk.

It was really great to see both Slawek and Fayka and hopefully we will meet up again soon.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Leaving soon

Ti Gitu is still in Falmouth. We didn't want to stay so long and expected that after the knee operation we would be off sailing this summer. However fate played a hand as Mo was taken ill just as we were thinking of leaving so in the end it was good that we had booked in for the whole year.

Mo has made a really good recovery and although it will be a very short sailing season we will leave the marina at the end of August.

Not sure where we will go, perhaps the Isles of Scilly for a while before going to a winter berth more central along the South coast.

Falmouth Marina has treated us fantastically well. All the staff are really nice and very caring so we will be sad not to be here for next winter but Falmouth is a long way from everywhere. It takes me over seven hours by train to get to Gravesend to visit family.

The health service has been great. My knee op is a great success and Mo's treatment has worked out very well. I really don't know what the government is talking about when they claim that we don't have a seven day a week service. Mo ended up in two different hospitals over two weekends and the service was excellent. I'm with the doctors!!

Ti Gitu is doing well but will need the bilges painting this coming winter and eventually in the next few years will need the bottom blasting and re painting, but the paint has lasted for 14 years so far and that is onto bead blasted steel which isn't anywhere as good as grit blasted steel. The grit makes a much rougher surface for the epoxy paint to grip while the bead blasting is much smoother.

Lots of things to do but it stops life becoming boring!!

Monday, 19 October 2015

On Crutches

For many years my left knee has been slowly failing and at the beginning of this year the specialist at Trelissick in Truro told me that the remedy was a complete new knee.

After discussing things with him we agreed that we would go and cruise Brittany for the summer returning in time for an operation at the beginning of the winter.

I went for a 'pre operation check' in September and was cleared to have the operation in St Michaels hospital in Hayle. You need to be perfectly fit for an operation in one of these smaller hospitals, I presume because they don't have the emergency facilities of the larger hospitals. Anyway I was fit enough.

I suddenly had a call as there was an appointment for the 6th October. This was just a week away so I didn't have as much abstinence time as they had recommended!!!

Friends took Mo and I to the Hospital for 0700 and I was in having the op by 1030.

The surgeon and all the staff at St Michaels are wonderful.

No operation is something to be looked forward too but I found it to be an experience that far surpassed what I had expected in a good way.

I had very little pain and was out of bed the next morning walking with a 'Zimmer' frame and later crutches. By that night I could walk to the loo on my own and the next day was discharged being taken back to Ti Gitu by friends.

The nurses and physiotherapists said that as I had been doing strengthening exercises for the last two years that helped towards me recovering quickly.

So here we are in Falmouth and I am being looked after fantastically by Mo who takes Granddad for an airing along the pontoon on crutches a couple of times a day.

Hopefully all will continue to progress well and I will be back to normal in a few months. (Mo says not to threaten her!!!)