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dylan winter

First sail of the winter - I love winter sailing

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I am currently berthed on a drying pontoon near the top of the Humber in Yorkshire

 

the weather man was promising two diamond days - weds and thursday

 

I drove the three hours to the boat on Tuesday morning and heard a weather forecast saying that the good weather would be two days late

 

so I sat below while the rain and read books and ate fied egg sandwiches while the wind did its stuff

 

then of Friday morning the sun came up

 

the wind was still pretty strong so I had the gunter rig deep reefed - and had a brilliant day afloat

 

I think that the gunter rig is a wonderful thing - three small spars - all of which will fit inside the cabin

 

but it was one of those cold sharp bright winter days

 

 

it was a cold night at anchor behind whitton Island - the next morning there were patches of fog blowing up and down the river

 

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If God wanted us to be outside in the cold he never would have given us the thermostat.

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Dylan-

 

What did you do for heat, while at anchor?

Looking forward to watching the videos tonight.

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Dylan-

 

What did you do for heat, while at anchor?

Looking forward to watching the videos tonight.

 

slow cooking of a meal, whisky and six tea lights

 

that is the downside of this time of year

 

it gets dark at 4.30

 

the evenings are way too long

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Dylan,

 

You've done a better job of showing why I enjoy cruising on boats that any I've seen. Thank you. I've forwarded your vids to a heap of my family who think I'm insane for sailing around in our S'agapo. Thank you.

 

Beau

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Dylan,

 

You've done a better job of showing why I enjoy cruising on boats that any I've seen. Thank you. I've forwarded your vids to a heap of my family who think I'm insane for sailing around in our S'agapo. Thank you.

 

Beau

 

 

by all means do just that

 

- but unless they are sailors they will not understand

 

most people are not interested in the subtle movements and changes in sky and water that tell you how you will be sailing in a few minutes or hours time

 

for non sailors there is simply not enough happening in the films for normal people who know little of the pleasures of watching the pure physics and fluid dynamics that can transform an nert arrangement of plastic, wood and steel to come alive under your feet and in your hands

 

a sailor will see a film and look at the way the main is set, where the wind is coming from, they will not know how it will feel as the boat ploughs through and over a steep Humber chop

 

they will also fail to notice that when single handing in the winter on a river I leave my fenders out

 

- because my survival time in the water could be as low as 12 minutes

 

so they will watch the first 20 seconds and get bored

 

to them this little clip is just a boat sailing

 

but a sailor will be looking at the flat bits of water to try decide the best route through

 

 

Dylan

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we are indeed blessed in the UK to be in a place where open water seldom freezes

 

sometimes our summers are a bit dull though

 

I do not know how those poor mid western sailors survive the winter

 

http://www.keepturni...-sailors-sorry/

 

Well done Dylan. I know its more work for you but the extra production time you put in these vids (vs the blog style ones) is totally worth it.

 

Re the winter? We stay in as long as we possibly can, and then go south as often as we possibly can.

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