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Postcard from Terneuzen
Stargazer lays companionably alongside a pretty Dutch barge yacht, soaking up the morning sun. Terneuzen harbour is still and warm. It is a day to savour - doubly so, because it is my birthday. A short climb up the grassy sea wall leads me to leafy streets ...
Postcard from Terneuzen
Postcard from Terneuzen
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North Sea Haar
The wind is light as we leave the mooring. Stargazer glides down river on the tide, sails just drawing. Wild fowl wheel overhead, calling in the still air. Its a day too perfect to sully with the sound of an engine, the first day of my holidays. We anchor i...
North Sea Haar
North Sea Haar
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Through the Looking Glass
An hour ago I was at my office desk. Now Stargazer has slipped through the marina lock, like Alice through her looking glass, into the wondrous weekend world of the river. We beat downstream, on the ebb, our weekday cares left tossing in our wake. An amphib...
Through the Looking Glass
Through the Looking Glass
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Here Comes the Sun
A rainbow arcs across Ramsgate Harbour. The spring sun splashes a bright patch of summer blue on the canvas of bleak black winter cloud. The tide is fair, the wind murmurs on the sea wall beside us. It is time to make sail. Stargazer scuds north, reaching u...
Here Comes the Sun
Here Comes the Sun
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BRASS MONKEY WEATHER
The March winds, whistling icily from the arctic, mound Stargazer's decks with snow. It is a month until her eight birthday which, this year, falls on Easter Sunday. A double celebration to commemorate with our first sail of a new season. But first there is...
BRASS MONKEY WEATHER
BRASS MONKEY WEATHER
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YIN & YANG CRUISE. Part 2: Yang
Our peaceful sojourn in Souhwold is cut short. I've just found enough phone signal to pick up the forecast. It shows a week of winds building steadily from today's F5-7 through Gale 8 to Storm 10. We will be beating into the wind all the way. Stargazer puts...
YIN & YANG CRUISE. Part 2: Yang
YIN & YANG CRUISE. Part 2: Yang
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YIN & YANG CRUISE. Part 1: Yin
An unseen skylark pours its heartfelt song out from high above our heads. The wind sighs in the long grass on the seawall; and the 4 knot River Blyth ebb cascades musically down Stargazer's side. This morning we had sounded our way gingerly into Southwold. ...
YIN & YANG CRUISE. Part 1: Yin
YIN & YANG CRUISE. Part 1: Yin
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Battle of the Medway
The warship Holland is moored in the dock basin behind my house. She crouches at the quayside like a tiger ready to pounce. Sleek and powerful...... ....sharp claws at the ready... ...her tail held high and proud. Two weeks ago Stargazer sailed to Breskens....
Battle of the Medway
Battle of the Medway
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Homeward Bound
A sea breeze ruffles the water. The sluicing Schelde ebb begins to flow. It is time to head homeward. Stargazer beats seaward from Breskens, then hoists her cruising chute for a leisurely reach south past the bustling harbour mouths of Zeebrugge and Oostend...
Homeward Bound
Homeward Bound
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The "We Didn't Mean To Go To Sea" Cruise
Stargazer rests, like the Stangate Creek barnacle geese, at anchor on a squally 'sunshine & showers' evening. On the bulkhead the barometer rises. A good portent for our first summer cruise from The Medway. Morning brings a southwesterly force three. Starga...
The "We Didn't Mean To Go To Sea" Cruise
The "We Didn't Mean To Go To Sea" Cruise
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