Category Archives: Great Britain

Unscheduled Landfall

Starting with our departure from Inverness Marina on Thursday 17th August, this turned out to be no ordinary passage. With 80 nm ahead of us to reach the busy fishing port of Fraserburgh in a day sail, and slipping lines … Continue reading

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Locks and Lochs

The Caledonian Canal – 7th to 12th August 2017 While moored near the western exit of the Crinan Canal (see Heading North …), we watched a yacht about the same size as Pipistrelle, going through the last lock.  Crewed by … Continue reading

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Heading North …

… towards the Land of the Purple Heather (just a reminder that to get full benefit of the photos, just tap or click on each image to enlarge to your liking!)   After three weeks back home, Elaine rejoined Bob … Continue reading

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The Last Ocean Leg

Or Azores to Kinsale and Dublin On 30th June, it was comings and goings at Ponta Delgada airport, with Elaine departing (see Amazing Azores post) on the same flight on which Martin Goodchild arrived.  It’s not the first time we … Continue reading

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Gaelic Greetings!

As so often, our progress through the water is far faster than our progress with the blog, with which we’re way behind the pace.  With many hundreds of sea miles under her keel since the last post, Pipistrelle is now … Continue reading

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Happy New Year 2017!

Best wishes for a happy, healthy and peaceful new year.  Fair winds and following seas for the cruising community. With Pipistrelle’s lay-up in Grenada for the hurricane season, the blog took a break too, so with the new year, here … Continue reading

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Looking back at St Helena

When we arrived at the end of January from South Africa, we explained to Hannes that we planned to stay on this remote British outpost for about a week.  His retort, “what are we going to do for a week … Continue reading

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An Evening with Jimmy Cornell

Sandwiched between his arriving in the UK from the Canaries and flying on to Singapore, this was a brief encounter with sailing legend and author, Jimmy Cornell, who was guest speaker at one of the Gerrard’s Cross Sailing Association’s (GXSA) … Continue reading

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A Morning with Discovery Yachts

Organised by John Bailey of the Ocean Cruising Club (OCC), we were part of a small group visiting the Discovery premises in Marchwood, Southampton one mid-November morning. (Southampton may be a long way from Pipistrelle in South Africa, but not so … Continue reading

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Mellow Autumn on Home Shores

The autumnal colours in ‘Old’ England this year have been splendid rich reds, golds and yellows.  We have enjoyed scenery, long walks and of course the good company of family and friends during our shore-based break from Pipistrelle. One day … Continue reading

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