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Happy sailing,

Paul Fay

Wednesday, 25 August 2021

Portland to the Isle of Wight

Portland was good and we had several night there and for the first time the harbourmaster came for harbour dues. £9.70 seems a bit excessive but we have had lots of free nights there so can’t complain too much.

The wind was forecast to go Easterly for quite a while so we headed to Swanage for one night and then on to Yarmouth on the isle of Wight where we stayed on the unattached pontoon and used the dinghy to get ashore. I have to say that the berthing masters are really helpful and expert at helping boats into spots in the really crowded marina.

Ashore we went and looked at Fort Victoria and saw the show in the planetarium which was good.

After a couple of nights Ti Gitu moved on to Newtown Creek. This is incredibly busy, especially during the day when ‘day tripper’ boats enter to anchor for a while.

At low water we watched a Westerly 33 come in and anchor close to us and fitted a fender to trip the anchor which it did really well at midnight, which was high tide, and drifted down to hit Ti Gitu. There were three chaps aboard who didn’t seem to have a clue and took ages to disentangle their boat from us before attempting to re anchor. First attempt at re anchoring was too close to us, second was too close to another yacht and the third attempt in the entrance to the creek succeeded and we all went back to bed.

The next morning they just upped anchor and left without talking to us or asking if there was any damage so if you have a Westerly 33ft ketch called Celtic Dawn  anywhere near you’d best beware!!

There is no damage to Ti Gitu as far as we can see but we are keeping our fenders down!

Next we will move onto Newport for another visit for a few days where we can get out on our bikes again and catch up with an old friend.



Thursday, 19 August 2021


The sail to Portland started off slow but picked up during the day to another ‘fast n frillin’ sail. In the end we averaged 5 knots and this time went outside the Portland race. We have always been via the inshore passage before either going to or coming from in Lyme bay, this time we went straight across so decided to go outside. It was all fine and despite having a good force 6 we never saw any rougher water than we had seen for half the passage.

We went and anchored at the North end of the harbour not far from Small Mouth Bay at the North end of the causeway where we have gone ashore on several visits before. The bus stops very close so getting places is fairly easy. Only thing is that this little bay can be a bit muddy at some states of the tide and the dinghy needs to be pulled up to be tied to the railings. We always do it in bare feet and then find a sandy bit to rinse ourselves off.

The weather is still being decidedly Autumn like and we would like to visit Lulworth Cove but don’t know if the weather will be favourable in the next few days. Just have to wait and see.

Meanwhile we will go to Castletown and look at the castle and the D Day museum which are just South of the Marina.


Plymouth, Dartmouth and Torquay

We spent several days in the Lynher river which was quite boisterous at times in the strong SW winds over the incoming spring tides and eventually went for one night on the Saltash pontoon which is now charged £25.00 a night for but it was worth it for a good nights sleep and to get some shopping before spending one night in Cawsand and then making for Dartmouth.

Dartmouth was good. We went on a brand new pontoon close to the harbour steps and as it is only 0.50p per person to go ashore in the water taxi we didn’t even bother to put the dinghy in the water.

We had a good look round and went to the castle at the entrance to Dartmouth before heading to Torquay.

We went on the town pontoon again for four days and Mo washed and washed and washed everything, catching up on the last few weeks. I did lots of little maintenance jobs on Ti Gitu and then we headed off on the 50 mile trip to Portland


Saturday, 7 August 2021

Mevagissey to Plymouth

So we went to pay at the Mevagissey harbour office and told the harbourmaster that we had been hitting the yacht in front of us and had to pull ourselves back at 1am.

Not really interested. Told me that we were moored the wrong way round. Doouure!! Not sure I understand that. When I went to school 40ft was 40ft whichever way round it was. Then told that if another boat was filling the gap between Ti Gitu and the motor boat it would be fine. Boats had not hit each other in the 6 months since he had been running the place.

The moorings appear to have been placed 44ft apart and some idiot seems to think that this makes it fine for 44ft boats to moor there. Perhaps I should lend the harbour authority my surveying book on moorings.

Years ago we had a pleasant visit to Mevagissey, laying along the harbour wall. It was not pleasant this time and the next morning we left in a very brisk SW wind and had a very ‘fast and frillin’ sail to Plymouth. We both thought the slightly rough ride much better than staying in Mevagissey.

We anchored in Cawsand but it was a bit rolley and gusty and we weren’t sure about how we were holding so decided to buck the tide up to the Lynher river. Dandy hole looked packed so along with several other yachts we just anchored in the river which did get slightly lumpy in the SW 7 but the holding seems good so it has been OK so far.


Thursday, 5 August 2021

Percuil River and on to Mevagissey

After the storm we decided to go up the river Past St Mawes. This is the Perquil River and a mile up there is a pool where at neap tides a boat can anchor. When we first discovered this there were very few boats that found it, this time it was packed with boats. Progress huh.

We took the dinghy to St Mawes a couple of times and met up with old friends John and Pam having an enormous meal in the Rising Sun pub which John and I just managed.

We saw that another depression was coming and that the weather didn’t look good for going to the Isles of Scilly for quite a while so decided to take a slow trip back to Emsworth.

We phoned Mevagissey harbour and they sail that the moorings in the harbour would take Ti Gitu fine so we headed there on 4th August.

There are 5 mooring buoys in a trot which allegedly take boats between 24 and 45 feet. These are not in special condition with some of the strops missing. This made picking up a mooring very difficult and a chap on a motor boat who had his dinghy handy gave us help.

The problem that these moorings are not spaced apart enough for larger boats became apparent and at 1am we were hitting the yacht in front of us.

There was a space between Ti Gitu and the motor boat and so ropes were laid out to hold Ti Gitu back from the yacht. This was where yet another boat could moor and where locals had been going through with their dinghy’s so we tied strips of white cloth every couple of metres and put a small buoy in the middle to make it obvious what was there.

I wonder what the harbour master will say about this when we go to pay this morning?



While drilling the hole for the new fridge cooling shoe a new stern gland was also fitted. This is a Vetus double lip seal which from Vetus costs around £90. These need replacing every few years and I noticed that the latest simply had ordinary type oil seals so having the part number from the seals I had the old one machined and fitted seals myself. Two seals for under £10 and I now have a supply of them.

We left Plymouth and went directly to Falmouth anchoring in the Truro river and went to work fitting the new fridge. It took a couple of days but all went well and it appears to work well. We just need to find the correct thermometer adjustment to stop the fridge part freezing as well.

Storm Evert was forecast. Unusual for there to be storm force winds in a British summer, just a sign of global warming I suppose.

Anyway it looked impossible to get onto one of the pontoons in the river so we laid out two anchor’s and had a really difficult night but did ride it out fine. Later, retrieving the anchors they were found to be really well buried. CQR’s still work!!!


Tuesday, 20 July 2021

Hole in the bottom

Voyager boatyard were really great. We dried out on their slip and drilled the two inch hole and fitted the new ‘keel cooler’ for the fridge. Slept on the settee until nearly 2am and then gently moved Ti Gitu out onto the pontoon. The next afternoon we headed back up to the Lynher river and will look at the weather over the next few days to get a fair slant to go to Falmouth.