A saucy video of me

Here’s me on my old mooring on Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland. The small skyward pointing pole is my bowsprit; owners do this to prevent my mooring line fouling my water stay. As you can see, a bit of a clean up is well overdue.


Happy in Rochdale

This is me sitting nicely behind my new towcar – a VW Touran.

As of mid morning today I’ve taken up a temporary residence at Honnor Marine in Rochdale. Bob and Norma were good enough to open up on a Sunday morning to greet me. I’m going to be here for a few weeks whilst my topsides are polished to a shine and my boot line replaced. I might also get some new fairleads on my bow; it seems that my sheets snag on the current set up of cleats.

So I’ll be quiet for a while now after what has been a very exciting weekend.

Nearly there..

This is me just having my final checks before being towed to Belfast docks. After a pretty smooth crossing I’m less than an hour away from Birkenhead docks. Then I’m being taken to Honnor Marine in Rochdale for some TLC. This is where Cape Cutters are manufactured now since production moved from South Africa.

Ahoy there!

I’m Zephyr, a Cape Cutter 19, and this is my blog to let friends and family know where I am and what I’m up to.

I was built in South Africa in 2003, from where I was shipped to the UK in a container. By late 2003 I was living on a mooring in Lymington from where I enjoyed 6 years sailing on and around The Solent. I then ‘upped sticks’ and moved to Stranford Lough in Northern Ireland. I had an exciting time here, including being stolen for a couple of days; the thief clearly had no idea just how rare I am!

I’m one of only 100+ Cape Cutters built so far and was the 47th off the production line. Of my 100 siblings there are only three of us with white hulls, making me pretty rare. My white siblings are called ‘Quest‘ and ‘Halcyon‘. My other siblings are mostly dark blue, but the odd one or two are red, green or even black.

My days in Northern Ireland come to an end on 20th November, as a new owner is shipping me back to the mainland. These are exciting times, for I’ve heard a rumour that I’m going to be trailed to the UK factory for a bit of a polish and check over before joining my new family in Central England. From here I’m going to be towed far and wide to sail on new waters.

Feel free to subscribe to my blog or follow me on Twitter to keep a track on what I get up to.