Provisional plans for 2013

Plans are under way for an incredibly busy 2013, which is very exciting.

There are still jobs and alterations to make, like new internal bulkhead panels, a box on the companion way step, and the final version of the galley unit. There’s also a brand new Garmin GPSmap 451 chart plotter to fit, along with a sweet little brass barometer.

So far the planned events include February in Burry Port nr Llanelli, a cruise from Chichester harbour to Poole and back in late April, over to south Brittany for Morbihan and Quiberon bay in May and early June. In July there’s a plan to sail from Stourport on Severn to Falmouth via Cardiff, Padstow, St Ives and the Scillies, followed by a week in Falmouth. That still leaves August, to October to fit something else in.

If it all comes off it’s going to be a fabulous year, so fingers crossed for some decent weather!

My Marine Traffic route

This is the output from the tracking via Marine Traffic as per the post a few weeks ago. It might look like it meanders a bit, but we were sailing to look at the large ships which were anchored or moored in the area. On the real site it shows the speed at the time, and at one point we were doing 5.7kts in zero tide.

Track me on Marine Traffic

It has been mentioned that some of you would like to know where I am when I’m off on an adventure. Well now you can, as it is now possible to track my location using your computer, since the owner now has an iPhone app which gives location information whenever we’re at sea.

All you need to do is this:-

  1. go to http://www.marinetraffic.com
  2. in the search window, top right, type 235068824 then click search
  3. this then brings up the Zephyr record. Click on the number 235068824
  4. Then click ‘Add to my fleet’
  5. At this point you will need to register with the site.

When you return to the site to check where I am just make sure you check the box ‘My Fleet’. You should be able to see where I am, and by clicking ‘Show vessel’s track’ you should be able to see where I’ve been.

Log 7/4/12 – Cowes to Hamble


Bit of a lame day really. After a very peaceful night at East Cowes marina we woke to a cold cloudy day with not much breeze to talk about. The owner lay in bed until 08:30 and who could blame him. But then he remembered he had to go and find my older sister, Cape Cutter 19 sail number 7, named Moneypenny. She’s for sale, and The Erbs from last weekend’s logs want the owner to check it out, so off he went for an hour, returning with Moneypenny’s owner, non other than Captain Peter Jackson FRIN RN(Rtd). He’d come back for a look at me!

At 11:00 we slipped lines and headed out of the Medina into a windless Solent, where we drifted on the tide for a while before the owner begrudgingly fired up the motor and used it all the way over. It was an event free crossing, apart from being breasted out of the main channel by the Southampton Pilot guiding a huge ship in.

So here we are in Port Hamble marina. The owner went shopping to the chandlery and bought an anchor ball, some thin rope, bungee and plastic clips. I doubt that would excite his wife very much.

And now that picture. ; it’s a Cobb oven, charcoal powered, and it is magnificent. Chicken thighs, butter soaked mushroom, and banana with chocolate for pudding. Fat git.

Log 6/4/12 – Northney to Cowes


The owner arrived at Northney before 08:30 this morning. There was still quite a frost, but this had largely disappeared by the time he’d filled my fuel tank, loaded the food and kit on board and prepared me for launch – although it remains cold despite the sunshine. It’s really easy to launch here, and that part do the day took around 15 minutes on total.

In what was a repeat of last Sunday we made our way along Emsworth channel with the wind behind us. Once beyond the beacon we set the course due east towards Horse Sand Fort. The wind was variable in both direction and speed, and we drifted our way to and through the passage in the submerged barrier from the fort to the mainland.

With the sun still shining we both drifted and sailed east past the Portsmouth entrance, being particularly aware of the substantial movements of ferries and hovercraft – the latter coming quite close.


Ahead, the sky was becoming grey and at last the wind picked up. It was now blowing between 8 and 18kts, whereas before it was ranging from 0 to 6kts. It became colder with the windchill, and the tide turned, making for an entertaining last few miles to Cowes – 24 nautical miles from Northney. This was our longest sail to date, and looking back we’d certainly sailed over the horizon this time.