Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Shortest Day

'Nancy Grey'



GRP Blackwater Dinghy

The shortest day of the year for those living in the northern hemisphere is today - the 21st December, 2014. We have the prospect of lengthening daylight hours until the summer solstice on 21st June, 2015.

Most of us by now have tucked our boats away under cover for the remainder of winter, and we look forward to spring when we shall prepare and launch them at the start of a new season. Then many of us  will launch our boats with high expectations of brilliant times afloat.

Just now, in the southern hemisphere, yachtsmen will be halfway through their season, and they will be making the most they can of the shortening days.


The shortest day has extra sparkle this year

Date of Summer Solstice

Leigh-on-Sea Bank Holiday Amble – Part 2 (Featuring ‘Nancy Grey’)

Friday, 8th July (Featuring GRP dinghy at Heybridge)

Old Gaffers Race (Featuring the smack ‘Electron’)

Smack CK 21 in the Colne

Maria CK 21

Traditional Blackwater Sailing Dinghy


Unknown said...

Hello Bill, what a lovely shortest day it was too! Somehow, I always gain a spiritual lift once the Solstice day has passed, and a material one, as the days begin to lengthen. As a night worker, its lovely to see the days lengthen, and then to start work in daylight, just lovely.
On a more topical note, let me wish you and yours a Blessed Christmas, and a Happy New Year.

Andrea Ingram said...

Looking forward to a Christmas Day sail. Should be lovely up here :-)

William Serjeant said...


Good for you. I hope it all works out, and that you have a great time.

Happy Christmas,