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Portsmouth Bound Prt 2

So during our trip around Anglesey was quite uneventful although we did witness an amazing sunset in the Irish Sea.

The progress was slow going around Bardsey as we hit the tides wrong and the winds come onto our nose. Anyway we eventually turned Bardsey Island and entered into Aberporth Gunnery Range…


Added by Paul Jones on May 13, 2017 at 17:44 — 1 Comment

Portsmouth Bound 2017 Part 1

So we arrived on a blowy Saturday morning to set off from Castletown with a view to reaching at least the North Coast of Somerset/Devon. This was slightly ambitious in hindsight now we have completed the sailing. The winds were in our favour on the Thursday and Friday when we checked. By the Saturday Lunchtime a storm warning for south Irish sea was in place and the winds were turning southerly from the favourable north. So a quick review of the plan and we decided that the East coast of…


Added by Paul Jones on May 12, 2017 at 19:00 — No Comments

Salizanda blog update

I have just finished updating the Salizanda blog following her successful re-launching and I have posted the link here.

I would be very pleased if members would look at it and tell me what they think.I would also be very happy to try to answer any questions you might have

Cheers Peter

Added by Peter Snowdon on January 31, 2017 at 15:30 — No Comments

Happy New Year

Best wishes from A87 in NZ to all member for 2017!!

Added by murray reid on January 1, 2017 at 2:30 — No Comments

A166 Hullabaloo for sale on eBay

Here is the URL NB: Auction started at .99p!

She looks pretty tidy - lying Portland.

Added by Chris Green on October 13, 2016 at 17:01 — 2 Comments

Suffolk Yacht Harbour - Mary maintenance

In my previous blog I spoke of bringing Mary home because the maintenance backlog was exceeding holiday expectations.  Well that kind of thing.  So now Mary is in Suffolk Yacht Harbour under her lovely cover with the expectation that I address the backlog, so lets crack on...

The bubble is fine due to my efforts in Bosa..…


Added by Fairey Mary on October 1, 2016 at 12:59 — 6 Comments

Ready for winter storage

So it with great pleasure that I have taken on an Atalanta Titania (T4). I am still looking into the history of her and previous owners and names (Gellie,Katya and currently Brother Jack). It is with great thanks to a fellow club member that she is still in sea worthy condition. Keith spent about 4 years getting her up together after she spent much time sitting on the harbour wall in Castletown Harbour IOM. So with much reluctance Keith has passed ownership to myself. He has been a great…


Added by Paul Jones on September 10, 2016 at 11:30 — 6 Comments

Bringing Mary Home - Non abbastanza vacanze

I am going to need your help here.  It has become evident that I should bring Mary home.

When I visited on the 20th June (2016) you could see this view from Pisa marina.  It is very beautiful there and I regret not sailing back around the south of France or making it down to Naples.  I am just finding it hard…


Added by Fairey Mary on June 23, 2016 at 18:21 — 11 Comments

Boat cover for Mary

As you will know from Nicks posts I have had a cover made for Mary.  As described by the Pisa Marina owner 'she is beautiful'.

It fits remarkably well considering it was measured up on Helene.  But certainly does the job of covering up the boat. …


Added by Fairey Mary on June 23, 2016 at 17:27 — 4 Comments

Southampton Boat Show - AOA Member's offer






 TELEPHONE BOOKING: 0844 776 7766

Terms and conditions below:

Tickets are valid ANY DAY including Preview Day on Friday 16th September.

Tickets can be booked up to MIDDAY on the FINAL DAY of the show – Sunday 25th September.…


Added by Chris Green on June 19, 2016 at 22:00 — No Comments

Deck repairs complete

There has been progress - the decks are repaired, filled and primed.

Added by nick runeckles on April 2, 2016 at 12:16 — 2 Comments

Propellor sizes

I took A89 Colchide out of the water for winter a few days ago, accompanied by East Coast Rep- Nick Phillips and Martin Bennett. They were surprised how small A89's prop is. Martin actually called it an "egg whisk". It will only propel A89 at about 3.5 kts.

It seems it was bought by Uncle Bernard in…


Added by Richard James on December 4, 2015 at 7:20 — 2 Comments

Sail sizes

Hello fellow members,

After 2 seasons sailing A89 COLCHIDE back in the UK, it is obvious that she is over-canvassed for UK conditions. Uncle Bernard specified and fitted an oversize genoa, as he was sailing in 3-7 knots on Lake Geneva every day.

A89's current sails measure as follows:


Area: 15.4 m2

Luff: 26'0'' (7920mm)

Leach: 28'0'' (8560 mm)

Foot: 11'6'' (3500 mm)…


Added by Richard James on November 2, 2015 at 8:20 — 1 Comment

30ft Mast

HI folks,

I have been offered a lovely 30ft aluminium mast, boom etc very cheap, which is in a far better condition that A115 current original wooden one. Would 30ft be ok for an Atalanta. My feeling is it would but I guess you ladies and gents may have some experience. ANy advice would be appriciated.

Added by Robbie Cormie on September 10, 2015 at 16:42 — 1 Comment

Mary 2015

Well I have finally managed to put Mary back in the water and I think the plan is basically to find my way home. The distances here are too great and the contradiction between waiting out mistral and having to fighter 3 weeks holiday once a year has already had me sailing when I would have been better to spend the day in the bar.

Today I ripped the block out of the yoke. Not too bad but I lost a placing clamp. I will have to lash the block to centre for the rest of the trip.

Other… Continue

Added by Fairey Mary on September 6, 2015 at 15:38 — 9 Comments

Autumn Newsletter - request to members

The AOA Autumn Newsletter will be issued in September - any members wishing to contribute news - changes of boat ownership; boats for sale; news items etc; please contact me by Monday 7th Sept to arrange insertion.

Added by Chris Green on August 28, 2015 at 10:02 — No Comments

A115 Moved Home

Evening All.

I have successfully had A115 lowered on to her new trailer and moved from Warrington down to her new home in Stone in…


Added by Robbie Cormie on August 6, 2015 at 18:00 — 1 Comment

A89 Colchide sailing on the River Orwell

Took some pix of Colchide yesterday when you sailed past Sandack on a mooring near Clamp House, Ipswich.

Will send them if you let me have an email address.

We had already admired her when she was on a trailer near us in Levington this winter.

What a wonderful history she has.…


Added by Richard James on June 18, 2015 at 6:01 — No Comments

Perkins 4107 rides again

So, after much knuckle scraping, seized bolts and antiquated parts, she's running again. Here's a video:

And a pic:

Decks are now all repaired, sanded and new woodwork is going on. It's really getting moving…


Added by nick runeckles on April 30, 2015 at 17:37 — No Comments

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