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General chat about anything / "Adrift"
« Last post by damarri on July 03, 2018, 09:06:53 AM »
With a great sense of anticipation,  Ute and I went to see "Adrift" last night........  I think it COULD have been a great film. 

As sailors we can always sit and pick holes in sailing films and we certainly did that a few times.........  Their preparation for the storm was too late, inadequate and frankly,  just plain wrong.  There were some good computer graphics,  the dialogue wasn't great but in truth, these people were not film stars acting out a "thriller" so it was probably pretty much on a level with how yer average yottie would speak.  However the main problem for me was that the film is a series of flashbacks and throughout it you are going backwards and forwards........  There were lots of shots of lovely places which gave quite a nice "feel" of the cruising lifestyle and there is a twist at the end which I won't give away,  but the film starts immediately after the storm so you know pretty much what is going to happen and therefore there is a lack of "build up" or suspense.

It is based on a true story and there is no doubt that "Tami" is a remarkable lady and did amazingly well to survive.......   and as we learn at the end, is still sailing.

I give it 8 out of 10  ;)

For Sale and Wanted / Norfolk Smuggler - "Encore"
« Last post by damarri on July 01, 2018, 09:28:39 AM »
Sadly I have decided to sell "Encore".  :'( She has had extensive work done on her in the last three years and is a delightful boat to sail.

Details are here......... ........  She is currently out of the water in Pin Mill and fully ready to go!   :)  Contact me via PM to view.

For Sale and Wanted / Sails Wanted
« Last post by DarrenW on June 07, 2018, 02:39:12 PM »
Looking for sails:
Mainsail: Luff 25ft x 10ft foot.
Ideally with reefing points and for slotted mast.
Anything considered.
Jib also needed.
General chat about anything / Re: Archive request - call for help
« Last post by damarri on May 31, 2018, 09:20:42 AM »
Rich,  as a relative newcomer to Pin Mill I'm afraid I can't help much but I suggest you should also send a piece to Sara Hopkinson for the Newsletter as I think most of the longer standing members who might remember these boats,  are not on this new-fangled Forum thingy but do read the Newsletter.....?

General chat about anything / Archive request - call for help
« Last post by Guzzirich on May 30, 2018, 10:29:48 AM »
Hi All,

I have begun trying to digitise some early logbooks that recorded the early voyages of 'Gwenili'. For more recent members she was the boat owned by former commodore Brian Humby and his wife, Freda. The logs include references to other boats in some of the entries, one or two names have a ring of familiarity but I have no real knowledge of them. So, the names 'Matariki', 'Tringa' a schooner 'Revett', 'Concord', 'Majority', another schooner 'Lora' (she may have been a Deben boat?), 'Wild Gull' (Gooderhams - an OYC boat?), 'Thalassa' (a barge??) and 'Tymah' mean anything to anyone?

As a resident of Gloucestershire, it is difficult to call by the clubhouse to peruse the archives in person but I hope to get across sometime this year. Any help appreciated.


Rich Humby
General chat about anything / Club to buy a boat.......?!!!
« Last post by damarri on May 29, 2018, 11:28:34 AM »
Calling all NON boat owners!

Boat acquisition.......  A proposal has been made that the Club should buy a boat (or boats) for the use of our non boat owning members.  Many things would need to be considered before embarking on such a project so we have set up a small group of committee members to discuss the idea and make recommendations. 

The first question of course is what kind of boat we should get and the options would seem to be......
1.  Some kind of Dayboat, possibly a Cornish Crabber or                                    something like a squib with a deep keel,  which would be kept afloat.

2.  A dinghy or dinghies...  Maybe something reasonably large and stable like a Wayfarer or possibly a number of smaller dinghies which might appeal to the younger members?  Depending on what we choose,  these might be kept ashore (very limited space) or on a floating pontoon moored in front of the Clubhouse, similar to that on the river near Levington.

3. Another proposal was for a number of canoes,  probably of the sit ON type.

Whatever is decided, there is no point in doing it if the facility would not be used so we are asking NON boat owners to write to the Sailing Secretary, Steve Miller ( or the Property Secretary, Paul Jefferies  ( or just post here on the Forum to express an interest in using a club boat (or boats), say how often you might want to use it and what kind of boat you would find most useful. 

Whilst we would probably contract out any maintenance,  it would also help if you could make it known if you would be prepared to be involved in administration of any club boat scheme.

We look forward to hearing from you!
Sailing queries and advice / Red Diesel and Belgium
« Last post by Lee Foster-admin on May 02, 2018, 07:46:32 PM »
Apparently, the Belgians have agreed to not fine british yachts visiting there this year.

Not sure I would trust them not to though...
For Sale and Wanted / Re: Seagull Engines
« Last post by DarrenW on April 26, 2018, 09:09:48 AM »
Thanks for the info.
For Sale and Wanted / Re: Seagull Engines
« Last post by damarri on April 16, 2018, 08:33:12 AM »
There are MANY Seagulls of all sizes and ages on ebay.  Alternatively there are always a few at any Boat Jumble........  Unfortunately Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex Boat Jumbles have already happened but the next one aywhere near here is the SOUTH ESSEX Boat Jumble on May 20th somewhere near Basildon.......

Good Luck!
For Sale and Wanted / Seagull Engines
« Last post by DarrenW on April 13, 2018, 05:22:01 PM »
I'm looking for old unwanted Seagull outboard engines in any state. Prefer local pick up if possible.
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