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May 2016

Night trip from Ramsgate to Dover

This evenings plan was to hop on a train after work down to Ramsgate, get Excalibur to Dover in the early hours, grab some sleep and train it back to London the next morning. Back at my desk for 9am, no one the wiser! I met a Scottish chap who’s sailing to the Caribbean or... Author: Tim Butler

Rams-u-gate

Rams-u-gate It was a clear black night, a clear white moon Excalibur was on the water, trying to consume some wind for the eve, so I can get some funk just rollin on the tide, chillin all alone Just hit the Eastside of the Thames Estuary on a mission trying to find buoys 1, 2... Author: Tim Butler

Brightlingsea – Burnham – Ramsgate

Brightlingsea to Burnham-on-Crouch This weekend Trina came aboard. We took the train to Wivenhoe, and found a pub nearest the station to have a pint in whilst waiting for a taxi. The taxi turned up remarkably quickly, so we sculled our drinks off we went to Brightlingsea. The taxi driver gave us inside tips about... Author: Tim Butler

Downwind rig and gennaker test

Excalibur was launched on a Friday morning. The stern gland leaked a fair amount, but one of the guys from the yard was able to tighten it up and the dripping stopped. I had the stern gland repacked less than two years ago, so this will forever be on my mind until its changed for... Author: Tim Butler