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Second Time Lucky. Orford to Snape day sail.

Posted by Peter Barnes on Sunday, August 23, 2015, In : Sailing 
Finally got the Mirror to Snape on a perfect day's sailing and a high tide! Even got a tow part way to Aldborough before the wind kicked in and then hammered up the ever smaller channel towards the bacon butties at the pub. The journey home was eventful too. I was skimming over mudflats at 5 knots with only inches under the Mirror. I left my companions in a Cornish Crabber behind when they tried to cut some corners too - on a falling tide... Don't do it!!!!
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Come sailing with me!

Posted by Peter Barnes on Sunday, August 23, 2015, In : Sailing 
Tall Ships Youth Sailing Trust is doing a trip from Portsmouth to the Channel Islands and back September 7th to 13th. I'm on it as a watchleader. There's still time to book up yourself! 
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Sailing a Cabin Cruiser on the Solent. Day one.

Posted by Peter Barnes on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, In : Sailing 
Tuesday 21st July 2015. Up at 4.30 am and a lovely drive down to Lymington. The Car, is how many times better than a boat? !) Gets you everywhere, 2) Quick, 3) Comfortable, 4) Cheap per mile. That's at least four times better.
However, boats it is, so let's remember what happened: I got sails on and stuff chucked in the cabin, and only a couple of pints of water in the bilges. I'd gone down so early hoping the boat hadn't already sunk since launching the day before, because, in the first 20 mi...
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Chalk and Cheese sailing trips.

Posted by Peter Barnes on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, In : Sailing 
Went 14 Nautical Miles in the old Mirror on Friday. Up from Orford towards Snape with all my camping gear and a boat repair tool kit (the mast came down last time I sailed it). It was blowing up just nicely as I surfed downwind on a slack tide to Aldebrough and we did 4 miles in 75 minutes. The next hour was increasingly blowy and challenging on broad reaches while trying to work out which withies were marking port and which starboard. Fortunately I could pull up the daggerboard and try again...
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Day Skipper with Sailing Ventures - Dec 2014 Force 8.

Posted by Peter Barnes on Saturday, December 13, 2014, In : Sailing 
Actually, we were in the boat, trying to get some sleep in a 'Violent' Storm Force 11. We sailed in Force 4-8 from Lymington to Cowes, Buckler's Hard, Yarmouth, Newtown Creek..... and back. Learnt to moor up, sail sideways, and backwards, plan passages, sail a planned passage at night and all the other things you do for RYA Day Skipper. Martin our skipper was smashing. Check them out on 

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Pottering in Poole

Posted by Peter Barnes on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, In : Sailing 
I've just had a sail 'round the istand' and out to 'Old Harry Rocks' in a Westway Potter. Lovely trip, lovely weather!  
Thank you Jon!
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Frome Standard runs an article on Shearwater.

Posted by Peter Barnes on Friday, September 6, 2013, In : Sailing 

Barlow family from Frome take top places at Shearwater Sailing Club

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By GeraintTucker

Thursday, September 05, 2013

A Frome family topped the bill at Shearwater Sailing Club’s annual Alkmar Trophy on Sunday.

Lois and Chris Barlow just pipped their daughter Amy to first place in winds described as “fresh to frightening”.

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    Action from the Alkmar Trophy at Shearwater Sailing Club

The Barlow family took to the water in a fleet of 16 boats for three hotly-contested rac...

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Mirror 32 @ Roadford Lake in a Force 4-5. Go baby go!

Posted by Peter Barnes on Friday, June 21, 2013, In : Sailing 
club weekend at Roadford Lake 2013

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A Message from the Commodore.

Posted by Peter Barnes on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, In : Sailing 
Dear Fellow Sailors,
Shearwater wita nowych członków!
A huge thank you to Nic Cross for all he does for the club, and to him and the Devereux's for running a great race last night. We had 12 boats on the water and over 20 members enjoying the fun and the lovely weather. Bring on the summer!
As you know, its Roadford this weekend. There is also Social Sailing at Shearwater this Sunday although we haven't been able to find someone to do the safety boat. I will be on hand from 12...

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Two Tuesday evening races...

Posted by Peter Barnes on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, In : Sailing 
I came in first yesterday, but Bass Man Bill won in his handicap (the Comet is reckoned to go slower than a Laser Radial so has a higher handicap). It was then I discovered there are two races on Tuesday evenings. The second race is to the pub. I came third.The full and new moon give the highest, 'spring' tides. Half moons give rise to smaller, 'Neap' tides. Nice photo? It was taken by someone I know. 
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Shearwater Sailing Club Open Day - I'm stuck!

Posted by Peter Barnes on Monday, May 20, 2013, In : Sailing 
" I'm stuck in the wrong side of the boat!" Shouts our good friend Judy, Sure enough, there she was, sat down at the stern with the tiller and tiller extension wrapped round her waist. I'd given Judy the helm on our club's open day and things could have gone horribly wrong... Luckily we were able to tack back and regain control.
Earlier, I'd taken a first time sailor Ben out for a spin and we capsized in a big gust. We both legged it to the high side and I flew over the top onto the dagger boa...
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Man Sailing.

Posted by Peter Barnes on Friday, May 17, 2013, In : Sailing 

More bits of string than even Simon's Mirror. This is the craft that took me 127 nautical miles from Poole to Portsmouth. Hardly direct, but good fun 'having a play' in a force 7 in Poole Bay.Don't mess with NYK Line.  The needles.Portsmouth.The Tallships' fleet.
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I'm off to sea again!

Posted by Peter Barnes on Saturday, May 4, 2013, In : Sailing 
Join me on 12th to 16th May 2013 CF249 with It's a breeze from Poole.
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One week sailing and full board for £99!!!!!!

Posted by Peter Barnes on Thursday, April 11, 2013, In : Sailing 
Check out this offer from . It's for one week, from Liverpool to Greenock from 23rd to 30th April 2013 on Stavros, a 200-foot tallship. There is a fuel surcharge of about £45 and then the cost of train fares and a few beers - but still cheaper than staying at home I'd have thought! 
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Sunny Sailing at last!

Posted by Peter Barnes on Monday, April 8, 2013, In : Sailing 

Sunshine at Shearwater. Sailing club hosts Open Race Meeting. (Copy sent to Somerset Standard)
The Shearwater sailing season of weekly races continued last Sunday with two firsts for Somerset sailors. Margaret and Geoff Pell came first in the morning pursuits race and Roger Devereux, also from Frome, and his crew Peter Barnes took the first place in the afternoon points race. The conditions for sailing were perfect and it was great to see some sunshine at last.
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Sub-zero sailing at Axbridge.

Posted by Peter Barnes on Tuesday, February 26, 2013, In : Sailing 
I went with the Vice Commodore of Shearwater to 'Bristol Corinthians Sailing Club' and sailed in a good easterly on Sunday.
Great fun. We found ourselves neck and neck with a Laser 2000 no 21___ and we were surprised to see it biff the penultimate mark with it's boom. We waited in vain for the resulting penalty turns to happen. They didn't.  I protest!!!!!  
Back in the warm clubhouse, the lunch was fantastic. The setting is lovely and the sailing, in a big circle of clear water, was grand. Wel...
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Work Parties at Shearwater, Barn Dance and First thrash.

Posted by Peter Barnes on Saturday, February 2, 2013, In : Sailing 
No rest for a busy Commodore and his splendid Committee! First up, we have two fancy dress parties at the clubhouse. 9.30am-2.30pm Sat 16th and Sat 23rd Feb. Somewhere to escape and make yourself useful if you forgot Valentine's day. Theme: Odd jobs and gardening.
Sailor's Barn Dance and Supper Fri 1st 7.30 - 10.30 March 2013. Email me for Tickets.
First thrash 3rd March - you sail and I command from the race box. (Three years ago I started sailing and fell in - off the pontoon - at this event....
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Commodore of Shearwater visits London Boat Show.

Posted by Peter Barnes on Wednesday, January 2, 2013, In : Sailing 
Yours truly, three years after the start of his sailing hobby has been elevated to Commodore status. A great and undeserved honour! Please come and visit the London Boat show on 12th or 15th Jan 2013 and look for me on the tallships stand, or on Challenger 3. After this it's committee meetings, work parties and the new format 'Fitting Out Supper and Barn Dance' (Fri 1st March). Come and have fun!  ......and for Christmas? Meet our pet shark. 
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Back from 1875 N. Miles sailing trip across the Bay of Biscay.

Posted by Peter Barnes on Saturday, December 15, 2012, In : Sailing 
They went to sea in a brig they did, for 18 days through storms that blew, to ten or more. More than enough to shake the crew down in more ways than one. 
I worked my passage as Assistant Cook; a title that is far more glamorous than the reality. Here I am in 'The Mess'
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Commodore's Cup.

Posted by Peter Barnes on Sunday, September 23, 2012, In : Sailing 
Shearwater today: started well enough at the race line and somehow got first round the bottom mark after a great run with the wind behind, overtaking about 5 boats. Then missed the next buoy and had to detour to reach it so was 2nd to last again. I finished the race just seconds behind the first two boats - but actually a lap behind. By this time I was wet and cold. 'If you want to warm up, just fall in' explained Jack 'it's 10 degrees in the air and about 15 degrees in the lake'. I didn't ta...
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Geoff Holt - in conversation!

Posted by Peter Barnes on Friday, September 21, 2012, In : Sailing 
I'll try and relay as much of my conversation with Geoff Holt at possible - difficult since I was awe struck that this amazing man would stop and spent 10 minutes with me when there's so much more to do at the boat show. Geoff is almost exactly my age and he has lead the most remarkable life after an accident in his teens left him quadriplegic. He has sailed round Britain and across the Atlantic single handed  and has done so much to make 'sailabillity' happen.
I thanked Geoff for his book 'Wa...
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Weymouth Olympics - see you there?

Posted by Peter Barnes on Thursday, August 2, 2012, In : Sailing 
Come to Weymouth! I went to see the Lasers and 49ers on Monday. Perfect train trip down, easy stroll along the traffic free sea-front. Catch up with a club member at the RYA stand. Sit in the sun below the main viewing stands of the Nothe Fort. make sand castles while watching the big screen coverage and home again on the train (free water provided). Amazing sailing too!
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Come on a guided tour of my Tallship!

Posted by Peter Barnes on Thursday, July 5, 2012, In : Sailing 
Portsmouth, July 11th, 10.30-15.30 Free guided tours by yours truly of the fine square rigged Brig 'Stavros' More details on 
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Ladies Day, 1st July, Shearwater Sailing Club.

Posted by Peter Barnes on Friday, June 29, 2012, In : Sailing 
There is mounting excitement for this event: Mary-Anne and Verity have been putting in the practice, the Duty crew have been signed up for months and the weather is looking like a lively westerly. We'll all be there to cheer the boats on. Bill is bringing me a Double Bass and I expect we'll sneak out for a sail at lunchtime, or at the end of the lake if we can't wait that long. Do come. First race at 11.00, second at 13.15. 
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First published page of Sailing Log 2010-2012

Posted by Peter Barnes on Thursday, June 21, 2012, In : Sailing 
Transcript. of entry 38. Tues 19th June 2012:
Wake up call don't sail with your eyes closed' - Found myself bearing down on Nic S. He had seen me change course and thought that I had seen him - so he didn't call out until too late. I was then indecisive about turning to go behind him and hit him mid-ships! (and him going up the lakeon Starboard too). Did a quick couple of turns but felt terrible! I was dozing, thinking what would happen if the OOD didn't know how to end the race. I shouldn't h...
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Z Bed, World's best mud, Woodbridge at 7am.

Posted by Peter Barnes on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, In : Sailing 
I have just discovered Now I can crew all over the world. I fancy the motor boat delivery to the Greek Islands, or perhaps some day sails from Poole... it's all in there!
Here is a picture of my favourite place - nice and close to the Oxfam Shop that has lots of sailing books. Woodbridge, Suffolk.
...and another view:
...and in nearby Lavenham I think I may have found the place that the 'Z-bed' was designed for: Lush. It all happens in Suffolk!
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Dartmouth J-80 crew rejection.

Posted by Peter Barnes on Monday, May 28, 2012, In : Sailing 
Hi James,
I'm pretty sure that I'm the last person you'd want as your crew, but I'm free!
51 years old, 5 foot 2" and a keen dinghy sailor with a massive 2 1/2 years experience!
My 75kg is mostly flab.
Just to give you a laugh, you can check out my sailing website
Do write me a funny rejection email so I can put it on my sailing blog.


Thanks for the note. The problem is the three of us already on the boat are all a little on the heavy side w...

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4 x over the Irish Sea.

Posted by Peter Barnes on Sunday, April 29, 2012, In : Sailing 
Two weeks ago I'd only ever flown to the Emerald Isle, but thanks to I was off on a last-minute sail from Swansea to Liverpool, via Dublin and Douglas. Great fun sailing 72 feet with a 95-foot rig. That's about the same proportions of sail to hull as the Laser, but better for 10-foot waves!
A week later I was delivering a harpsichord on Stena Line. Faster, but not quite so much fun to steer! 
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Shearwater's Commodore 2012

Posted by Peter Barnes on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, In : Sailing 
Seriously cool.
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Take that Vision.

Posted by Peter Barnes on Monday, April 2, 2012, In : Sailing 
R.S. Vision. PB is the crew, playing nicely:
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Greece in an Odysseus 32.

Posted by Peter Barnes on Friday, March 23, 2012, In : Sailing 
It's in the bag. A family outing round the Greek Islands skippering 32-feet of sailing joy. Did you know you can have this off-season for a week for £651? Check out
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Powerboat Level 2

Posted by Peter Barnes on Saturday, March 17, 2012, In : Sailing 
I've done it without falling in. Here's a picture for you!and another:
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CrewTube already exists. Try CrewFix (ScrewFix)...

Posted by Peter Barnes on Saturday, March 17, 2012, In : Sailing 
What a blow. Looked up CrewTube in Google and found it's been running for 4 years. All the best ideas are thought of several times. Let's try CrewFix. That's funny.
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Posted by Peter Barnes on Thursday, March 8, 2012, In : Sailing 
Have a peek at my new page 'CrewTube' and volunteer as crew, or skipper, on my exhaustive list. Seriously, I'd like to help you sail. Anywhere, any time, providing I'm free. 
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Party for Jack Holt

Posted by Peter Barnes on Saturday, February 25, 2012, In : Sailing 
Yes, Jack Holt, the famous dinghy designer was born on 18th April 1912. I'm busy booking places on Centenary Open Meetings for me and the old Mirror. Tip me off if you know of anything.
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Tall Ship Elite team of Volunteer Crew - and me.

Posted by Peter Barnes on Wednesday, February 8, 2012, In : Sailing 
My papers have come through and the Captain has recommended me as 'assistant cook' on the Brig STAVROS S NIARCHOS! The letter they sent promises that this could even lead to 'a career at sea with the Merchant or Royal Navy, or maybe you'll join the crew of a millionaire's yacht in some exotic far away location!' I like the sound of that. I'm open to offers, just send me an email.
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Sponsor me! Kippers for Breakfast?

Posted by Peter Barnes on Saturday, February 4, 2012, In : Sailing is offering a £599 deal for his Day Skipper combined theory and practical Day Skipper Course. Do it yourself, or give me £100 and I'll sign up for it.
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Day skipper with Kipper?

Posted by Peter Barnes on Monday, January 30, 2012, In : Sailing 
Hi Guys,
Having completed my Competent Crew certificate with I'm now looking for a Day Skipper training. looks as if it would fit the bill. Let me know if you have any other suggestions. I need to get out on the water again because I've lost that 'still at sea' sensation you get when you go to bed after a day sailing. I want more!
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Posted by Peter Barnes on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, In : Sailing 
Fantastic holiday with . These guys made it happen: Training, RYA competent crew certificate, 12 hours night time helming and watches, 270 miles trip, 7 days, good food, pretty stop off places, climbing the yard arms, learning the ropes, hauling on them........
A big thank you guys!
Check out stuff on my tallships page.
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Tall ships bug

Posted by Peter Barnes on Friday, January 6, 2012, In : Sailing 
I've got it - the tall ships bug. Just booked 'an adventure' with and they're taking me away to Tenerife to crew for a week. Come and join me - check it out. Prices start at £99.
How did I get into all this sailing stuff? 
P.S. I've just found the highlighter widget.
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A Suitable Pontoon?

Posted by Peter Barnes on Monday, December 5, 2011, In : Sailing 
Always on the look out for a good launching spot while on my travels servicing harpsichords, I found this spot in Caernarfon, North Wales:
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Shearwater Dinner Dance Nov 2011

Posted by Peter Barnes on Sunday, December 4, 2011, In : Sailing 
A good time was had by all! here are some highlights: Chris's socks! Fellow sailors with cups! Jack's presentation! 
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15 hits this week!

Posted by Peter Barnes on Saturday, December 3, 2011, In : Sailing 
Yola (my wonderful free website hosts) do a 'site visits' graph for the last seven days. Well, there were 15 visits last week. that's a record (of sorts). Hey someone, you could send me an email too.... Tell me what you want me to write about next!
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Sailing with Nick Robinson.

Posted by Peter Barnes on Saturday, December 3, 2011, In : Sailing 
That's me in the Mirror - and Nick is setting up his Wayfarer for a bit of a film session. You may have seen it on BBC2?
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How I started sailing.

Posted by Peter Barnes on Thursday, November 24, 2011, In : Sailing 

Time for a new hobby. I'd been introduced to sailing a Wayfarer by the in-laws in Suffolk and back in Somerset I was wondering what the options were short of moving out east to join them. I managed to coincide a family outing with a visit to the local sailing club barbecue/bits and bobs sale. The signs weren't good, the family refused to eat any of the sailing sausages and I was the only person showing any enthusiasm for 2nd hand buoyancy aids and spare trailer tyres. We did however come away...

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Radial Rig

Posted by Peter Barnes on Monday, November 21, 2011, In : Sailing 
I've got a new (second-hand) sail. It's what the ladies use for Olympic Laser sailing. My sail is white, pastel blue and pink. Very girlie. Here is a picture of it with Jenny's crochet cushions and my collection of penguins:
 Harvey, the rabbit has joined in too!
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National 12

Posted by Peter Barnes on Sunday, November 20, 2011, In : Sailing 
Thank you Rosie for taking me out in your National 12 today. Light winds, so I wanted to learn how to 'roll tack'. The crew (that's me) hop over to windward just before the tack and lean the boat over until you see, or feel, the lake lapping on the gunwales. This gets the boat to turn to windward without having to push the back round with the rudder - this avoids drag. The boss (Rosie) tacks and then climbs up the boat, flattening it just before it's time for a swim. This climbing provides th...
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A new Mirror on the block:

Posted by Peter Barnes on Monday, October 24, 2011, In : Sailing 
This is Simon, proud owner of an all bells and whistles Mirror which was once Mustard Yellow. Behind is my Laser and the lake. There was more wind later. A perfect day for sailing.
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How I lost my handicap....

Posted by Peter Barnes on Monday, October 24, 2011, In : Sailing 

Log 29.8.10 I was sailing this morning - big wind, little me, full Laser rig. Capsizing more than sailing actually. When I came in to the clubhouse all drippy Colin asked to 'have a word'. I got the mop and was standing there drying up my own puddle and he strips me or my remaining personal handicap! "You've helmed 5 more races than anyone else this season and you're still doing too well with your 10% intermediate experience bonus. Take it as a compliment." So, no more wins expected this year...

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Mirror Magic, Merlin Rockets, galore!

Posted by Peter Barnes on Wednesday, October 12, 2011, In : Sailing 

Since joining Shearwater in 2010 I've sailed in about a dozen different classes of dinghy. Starting with the Mirrors, there are five or more in regular use, everything from my ancient tub to Simon's newly refurbished beast with all the racing adjustments to be found on a new Laser. Interesting. The only time that Bill has ever capsized in his Mirror is when I crewed for him, so think first before you invite me to crew for you!

Then there are the club's Comets, a GP14 (this sexy name stands for...

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All aboard the J 80!

Posted by Peter Barnes on Thursday, September 22, 2011, In : Sailing 

I'm the fellow in the blue, sitting on the port side. Our instructor is clutching the jib.

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What a summer!

Posted by Peter Barnes on Tuesday, September 20, 2011, In : Sailing 
Fifty eight sailing trips so far this year. From the new-old Mirror to a trip out on J80 at the Southampton boat show. That's a laugh sailing that with all the experts looking on and ferries whizzing past. Wow, did I really do that? Yes- and I talked to my old pal Sam Llewellyn about how he inspired the trip in Jack de Crow (see the book review page for those).
There is a tall boat trip from Southampton to France and back on 5th Oct - four nights for only £99. I'm gutted that I have to play t...
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Back from Roadford Lake Sailing School.

Posted by Peter Barnes on Tuesday, August 16, 2011, In : Sailing 
The boys are as qualified to sail as I am. It took a two day course. They now have level two RYA qualification and went out on club Laser Pico's to celebrate their independence. Unfortunately, we had forgotten to check the bung situation, and suddenly G's Pico nose-dived into the lake and sprang back up without him. Having done the course he knew how to get it up again and was ready to sail off when he was towed back to the shore to get another boat. 
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Sculpture park

Posted by Peter Barnes on Tuesday, August 16, 2011, In : Sailing 
Time to spare while looking after boys. Here is some stuff from the beach made into a lighthouse and some boats. I'd not like to be so close to the rocks myself. 

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Posted by Peter Barnes on Tuesday, July 26, 2011, In : Sailing 
Thank you Peter for helping me and encouraging me to do the second race - I think its probably fair to say last Sunday was the one of the best sessions I've had on the lake in 19 years!   I'm even considering doing some more racing!!

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Back from Glasto and racing again.

Posted by Peter Barnes on Wednesday, June 29, 2011, In : Sailing 
A lovely race yesterday, the four Laser Boys out front and a smashing 156563 course to follow. This is my first outing in Mirror32 where something didn't fall apart. Thanks to everyone who does duties at Shearwater and makes the racing possible. If only the last 39 duties were signed for I could stop trying to press gang members into doing duties. You know it's fun, just do it!
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Wet and windy.

Posted by Peter Barnes on Sunday, June 12, 2011, In : Sailing 
Got to the club just in time to crew an Enterprise in the rain. Spent most of my time trying to bale out with a bucket and jumping out to the side when a gust came. Nice boat, but the self-bailers easily opened by crew's feet..
We had a 3rd place on the podium. Interestingly only 3 boats took part.

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