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Holiday take 2 – Channals Creek

One thing I haven’t talked about which deserves a mention, is how friendly everyone is down these parts. Falmouth Haven have been super helpful and really welcoming. Normally you need to leave your berth by 12pm, but here they just shrugged their shoulders and said “Ah it’s not busy today, there’s no rush”. I got a... Author: Tim Butler

Holiday take 2 – Falmouth and Mylor

Catching up on sleep after our night motor was a delight, until at 8am there was a familiar bang on the boat. Our neighbour had spotted a wall used for drying out was empty, and was eager to get over there as fast as he could. I was eager for him too, but not at... Author: Tim Butler

Holiday take 2 – Torquay to Falmouth

I think we both slept pretty soundly after our 15 hour day yesterday. Trina awoke questioning her passion for the sea. Something I’ve found myself doing many times after a hard slog. I’m not 100% sure why anyone would want to spend 14 hours in wind and rain, feeling sick, travelling at 5 miles an... Author: Tim Butler

Holiday take 2 – Weymouth to…

Holiday time!! Friday Trussed up like a pack horse I headed to Weymouth, meeting up with Trina along the way for the start of our 10 day holiday. For anyone wishing to get dinner in Weymouth, be aware that hardly anyone serves food after 9pm! We eventually found solace in a tapas restaurant, god bless... Author: Tim Butler

Breaking news! Excalibur has left the Solent!

I headed down to Lymington on Friday night, and met Trina at The Angel & Blue Pig for rice and peas, and chicken in a big mushroom #poshfoodgonewrong Lymington has a distinct lack of taxis it transpired. On a Friday night in town we couldn’t get one single taxi, so had to navigate our way... Author: Tim Butler

Noliday long weekend

Abandoning our two week holiday last week and heading back to work turned out to be the right choice. The weather last week was rubbish, and the weekend forecast wasn’t much good either. Still, we headed down in the hope of snatching a day sail or carry on finishing up jobs we’d started ready for... Author: Tim Butler


As the title suggests, this was not  a successful holiday 🙁 grr Saturday evening I had to clear up my logistical mess from the previous weekend, and pick the car from Gosport and head to Chichester to pick up some bits from the boat and drop a few bits off. I met up with Paddy... Author: Tim Butler

Sailing to Chi for a wedding

The plan for the long weekend was to sail to Chichester on the Friday, get in, wash and chang and head off to Tinwood vinyard for some pre-wedding drinks for Trina’s best friends wedding. Harvey was free and was up for a short jolly to Chi, and turned up for an early 7am start. By... Author: Tim Butler

It all starts at the Castle Tavern

Ollie came down late Friday night for the weekend. Saturday would be boat jobs and/or sailing, perhaps anchoring in Osborne Bay overnight. Sunday we planned to go to Goodwood Festival of Speed thanks to Ollie having free tickets. I managed to get the Hydrovane rudder antifouled before he turned up. We had a few drinks... Author: Tim Butler

Progress, finally!

Some jobs have been haunting me for weeks, months even. It’s a toss up between sailing or maintenance, and there comes a time when you either  have to drop down tools and just go out, or keep plugging away at the job list and envisage that Caribbean rum at the other end (whilst seeing yachts... Author: Tim Butler