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12-Bar Hoe-down! Blues Band with Ceilidh Dancing....

February 28, 2014
Book 'Harpin On' Blues Band (prices from £200 for an evening in Bath or Bristol) and get some dance floor action in for your guests. It's cool dancing 'Strip the Willow' to 'Got My Mojo Working' and 'The Cumberland Square 8' to 'Mustang Sally'.

The Cornubia 22nd Feb 8.30pm

February 19, 2014
Come and hear 'Harpin On' Blues Band on Saturday. My first bass gig in Bristol.

Mad about the bass!

February 11, 2014
Hi Guys!

I'll tell you what I've been doing since the last sailpb blog. Playing the Double Bass, playin' Electric Bass and joining local bands:
Come and see me every Sunday from 4-7pm at The Griffin Pub in Frome, playing with 'The E-flats'.
Book 'The Accademic Footwarmers' Traditional Dixieland Jazz Band for your summer garden party,
or come to 'The Cornubia Pub' to hear 'Harpin On' play Blues on Saturday evening, 22nd Feb, 2014.
Check out my new Jazz pages on this site, and come and party!

Moving on from sailing? Not completely. I still love it!


The best stand in the boat show?

September 26, 2013
What could be finer than being at the foot of the first staircase? 100,000 punters passing by on their way in - and out!
My little Mirror was admired and the owner of number, 3, 14, 61, 107...... and the first owner of no 32 all came past with stories to tell:

Dear Peter,

I was interested to see Mirror 32 at Southampton this week. It used to belong to my father's cousin, who I think bought it in about 1966 - I bought 1471 that year or the year after. I certainly sailed against M32 many times, and I think I probably sailed in it too, though I can't really be sure this many years later. Somewhere around 1967 I made 2 balsa models of Mirrors, using lines published in one of the yachting magazines. One had 1471 on the sail and the other was 32, which I gave to the Andrews family for Christmas. I gather from William Andrew that it finally started to fall to pieces and ended up on the fire a few years ago - so the original has outlasted it!

As you know William Andrew took over ownership from his parents and had it in a garage for many years until he sold it to you fairly recently. 

So just to correct a couple of points on your history piece, it was in the Andrew's family for well over 25 years, probably about 45. Also William in fact lives just on the Devon side of the Tamar, and his family have lived on the Devon side for many years, and for as long as they owned Mirror 32. They used to sail at Weir Quay Sailing Club, which had just been formed at the time and, which still exists, on the Devon bank above and across from Calstock. I would race my Mirror there sometimes when my family were down for our annual holidays.

It was good to see the boat again, looking well looked after.


Peter Gray 

Other people not yet hooked by the 'Mirror Bug' were educated, and everyone was told about 'Tall Ship Adventures'. The lucky ones went away with free Newton Crum posters. Did you hear the announcement 'On your way out don't forget to collect your free 'tallships' poster...'?
My only regret was that I pulled the plug on an RNLI rescue of me and no32 from the shipping lane just off the pontoons. I'd fixed it all up with Calshot RNLI and they were all set to come up at 10.30 on Sunday 22nd. I called off due to Man Flue. Quite unforgivable.

10 days is a long time, and boredom is a funny thing, so just to pass the time we sailed in a 20 x 40 foot pond. It got on Facebook, so that's ok. Iconic even.

Big and Little at PSP Boat Show

September 15, 2013
Here we are at the Photo Call on Southampton Docks. I go sailing in the old girl with the big Sunseeker. It looks like a collision course. Who's having most fun? Thanks to Martyn, Geoff and Margret, Martin and Catherine for helping on my stand. More photos to follow.
Photo by Robin Barnes.
Video of the above event on 

My New Sailing Buddy - a Sunseeker 40

September 11, 2013
'Starboard!' I hope they give way! I'm doing a photo call with this little beauty at the boat show tomorrow.
On the water at 3.30pm. Get the rescue boat at the ready....

Frome Standard runs an article on Shearwater.

September 6, 2013

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 races which date back to the club’s early days in the 1960s when a link with Alkmar Sailing Club in Holland was first formed.

Lois and Chris were sailing their restoration project, a vintage Merlin Rocket, while Amy was in her well loved Topper.

Frome’s Clive Chapman split the Barlows by finishing second, while Margaret and Geoff Pell were also in action, along with Nic Cross from Dilton Marsh, who was dis-masted in the third race.

Shearwater is hosting a Junior Open on Sunday, a day of three races also open to non-members. The event is run by Cross, with races at 11am, 1.15pm and 3.15pm.

Meanwhile, Shearwater’s commodore, Peter Barnes from Rode, is exhibiting his 50-year-old Mirror Dinghy, the 32nd one ever made out of more than 70,000, at the Southampton Boat Show, which beings on September 13.

He will also be promoting the Shearwater club, West Wilts Youth Sailing Club and the Tall Ships Youth Trust charity.

He has sponsorship to enable young people from the Frome, Warminster and Trowbridge areas to experience life at sea on the charity’s tall ship, Stavros.

For more information, contact Barnes on 01373 831498 or visit or drop into Shearwater Sailing Club this Sunday.

Thank You Frome Standard.

T shirts for Boat Show!

September 5, 2013
For us to wear on the Boat Show stand:
Mirror32 T-shirts by 'I dress Myself' of Frome Thanks Hannah and Pete!
Other news: Newton Crum Insurance sending MORE GOODIES for me to give out to folks who donate to Did I say, it only costs £18 to insure a Mirror for a year?!
Free tickets received for people who can help us man the stand - only 7 left - ring me on 07733619002 if you want to help for a few hours in return for a free ticket!
Frome Rotary are helping me find 18-25 year olds who want to experience a sea voyage. Funds raised at the show are available to sponsor our local guys to experience LIFE AT SEA.
Stand A009 is the place to chill. See you there 13th-22nd September.


Mirror32 update!

August 31, 2013
Newton Crum has sent me A2 300 posters and a £100 donation to 'Tallships'. I'm giving away these great posters to anyone who gives a donation of £5 or more to 'Tallships'. - and they've sent some magnifying glasses too. Is this so you can check the small print on your existing insurance? What a great company!
I've got a local firm making T-shirts and I've finished varnishing the boat.
I'm still open to offers for manning the stand. You'll get a free ticket, a nice T-shirt to wear on the stand and a chance to promote The Tall Ships Youth Trust.

Email to Mirror News Group:

August 29, 2013
Dear Sirs,
It's a long shot this, but as I'm sure you know, it's the 50th anniversary of the Mirror Newspaper sponsoring the design and production of the Mirror Sailing Dinghy. Over 70,000 of these have been made to date and the organisers of the Southampton Boat Show have given me a stand to display Mirror number 32 (made in 1963). I'm doing this in order to raise funds for
I would like you to be involved. Please come and run a story on it, sponsor Tall Ships Youth Trust, give me some free gifts to hand out.... anything you fancy! Together we could take this somewhere, like you did in 1963!
Cheers, Peter Barnes, Commodore of Shearwater Sailing Club,

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