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Bob's your uncle
Bonita is now starting on her 130th season.  In 1888, Queen Victoria had been on the throne for more than 50 years. Jack the Ripper was on the rampage in Whitechapel.  The prime minister was Robert Cecil, the Marquess of Salisbury. He was prime minister thr...

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Bob's your uncle
Bonita is now starting on her 130th season.  In 1888, Queen Victoria had been on the throne for more than 50 years. Jack the Ripper was on the rampage in Whitechapel.  The prime minister was Robert Cecil, the Marquess of Salisbury. He was prime minister thr...

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The Classic Boat awards 2017
I had not previously noticed a flagpole and blue ensign among the fashionable shops and hotels in Knightsbridge in West London. But here, backing onto Hyde Park, is the club house of the Royal Thames Yacht Club, founded in 1775 and one of the oldest yacht c...

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Mast maintenance
Most years Bonitas mast stays in place on the boat. I usually sandpaper and varnish it by hoisting myself up the mast in the bosuns chair, a simple device consisting of a plank of wood and a loop of rope. This definately provides good exercise, but I worry ...

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January For  the sailor based in the South East, January brings the London Boat Show. Here on damp and dismal winter days, in the cavernous expanse of the Excel centre we are encouraged to dream of those tropical seas and blue skies where there are always h...

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Winter work
Bonita is now snug in her mudberth in Faversham creek, under her winter covers with the mast lifted out and stored ashore. There is always a bit of work to be done after the wear and tear of a seasons sailing.  This year most of the wear and tear seems to h...

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Autumn
Bonita usually stays out on her mooring until late October  or early November although with the shorter days and pressures of jobs that need doing ashore and afloat we dont very much sailing at the end of the season. The picture shows Bonita and Pretty Penn...

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Swale Match
 We had a fine day for the Swale Match yesterday with a good SW breeze although sadly, amongst some stiff competition, we missed out on the prizes. Here's a few photos of the race.

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Return home
We had planned to cross over from Dunkerque last night, but were discouraged by a forecast of patchy fog. We both have unpleasant experiences of crossing shipping lanes in fog, and patchy fog can seem pretty bad if you are in the middle of a patch. So we le...

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Return Home
We had planned to cross over from Dunkerque last night, but were discouraged by a forecast of patchy fog. We both have unpleasant experiences of crossing shipping lanes in fog, and patchy fog can seem pretty bad if you are in the middle of a patch. So we le...
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