This is an appropriate moment to thank all of you good people who regularly subscribe to Bills-Log. Without your support there would be little incentive to continue. I could keep all the fun to myself and not share it with others, but the sharing makes all the difference to me, and I know you appreciate it too, because you keep coming back for more! Thank you.
Over the past weeks I’ve been reminiscing on cruises I’ve had aboard my own boats and one aboard a friend’s. My log books contain many more stories, and it is my hope to share a selection of them as time goes on.
‘Ladybird’, my Seawych 19, has been hibernating during the winter months, but now she’s stirring because she ‘feels’ the spring. She’s looking forward to a good clean, a new coat of varnish, a bottom scrape and an application of antifouling. She’ll also appreciate new jib sheets, a better furling line for her foresail and a new support for her two GPS units. Then she’ll be ready for the summer season.
She and I have plans for a great adventure. During April and May we’ll be tuning up, in preparation for a cruise along the South Coast. We have reserved the whole of June and July for this enterprise. Hopefully, guests will join us for their enjoyment and for our company. If the weather is kind and my health holds out, we are hopeful of visiting Exmouth, Teignmouth, Dartmouth, Torquay and perhaps Plymouth. That’s a tall order, we know, but fair winds could make it possible. En route we plan to call into Poole where we shall hope to sail with two friends in their Paradox micro-cruisers, and we shall want to visit Weymouth to meet an old crew. Keyhaven is another venue where we plan to rendezvous with a friend who is more fanatical than me about sailing and boats.
When our cruise is over, my current mistress and I will most likely part - ‘Ladybird’ in search of a new master, and me to take on a new project. If there are any suitors for ‘Ladybird’ please get in touch. She’ll be FOR SALE at the going rate; really good value for money. She could be yours in August!!