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I started sailing in the Autumn of 2013, being embarrassed by having lived by the sea for 40 years and never going out on it. I joined the Brighton Marina Yacht Club 'Club Class' scheme for yacht racing. I found that I enjoyed yacht racing very much, and have since been crew on 3 different yachts, the latest being a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 33' which we race every Sunday unless it's blowing a hooley!

I heard about Brighton Belle from a fellow member of BMYC and signed up for a day sail in January 2014.....unfortunately it was blowing a hooley that day so we didn't go out but I met a great bunch of people and had a nice lunch on a beautiful (moored!) yacht. I joined straightaway. I got my day sail a few weeks later, had a lovely day and booked for a week sailing from Crosshaven in Ireland to Plymouth via the Isles of Scilly, Falmouth and Fowey. Brilliant sailing, with very varied conditions, dolphins, and a whale! I also spent a splendid week sailing around the Canaries in February 2017- Tenerife and La Gomera.....  more whales this time and great company, as usual. In August 2017 I had another excellent week, crossing the channel to visit Dunkirk, the French and Dutch coast and along the North Sea Canal to Amsterdam. 

The newest member of my family is Jemima.... I finally succumbed to the temptations of owning a whole boat by myself.... she's only little... a 25' Fisher Freeward but she's adorable!! I got her in June 2017 and although we haven't been able to get out much she is a joy, and makes me smile whenever I see her. 

Looking forward to what 2018 holds for all of us on Brighton Belle. Hope to be sailing with you all again soon.

Tenerife and La Gomera with Brighton Belle and Friends


Tenerife February  2017  Janice Dykes   Sunday Flew out Saturday 13:50 from Gatwick EasyJet. Landed Tenerife 6:30 ish and then wild taxi ride to Marina San Miguel. I was the last to arrive: Stuart,Stewart, Judith, Richard, Charles all settled in. Dinner of fish and spinach- lovely, some wine and then sleep. In the morning  ...
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Brighton Belle en route to Dieppe

I wasn't on the Dieppe Dash with Brighton Belle, as I was crewing on Silver Fox - but it gave me the chance to watch her sail by, all graceful and everything... and fast too- second over the line in Dieppe and class winner.

Here's what I saw from the deck of Silver Fox (before the gales and huge waves started, and the camera had to go firmly back into a dry place! Hope you can see these photos.... when I preview I can just see a row of boxes... however, they appear when I click on them!

 

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Cork to Plymouth August 2015

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Cork to Plymouth, 8th to 15th August 2015

This should have been week 2 of 2, with the first week shaking fins with whales and dolphins around the South and West of Ireland. Unfortunately a deep Atlantic low pressure system intervened and Brighton Belle stayed warm and cosy in Crosshaven for the week while high winds blew and high waves broke around the coast. I took advantage of the week to do a land tour instead, in a tiny hire car around the narrow roads of West Cork and Kerry, but that's not really a Brighton Belle blog, so....

... on 7th August, I drove my little car back to Crosshaven and met up with Paul and Bob, the first crew members to arrive. We had a splendid evening in Crosshaven, feeling it important to check out the watering holes... The Oar and The Anchor stay in my mind. Come Saturday morning saw the arrival of Fiona (skipper), Joan, Stephen and Malcolm. We spent the day getting ready, sorting out the boat, stocking up on supplies, ready to leave. 

We set off Sunday, around 12, heading for the Isles of Scilly. A memorable trip, lasting 26 hours (at least double anything I had done before). We had plenty of wind, some pretty impressive waves, a pod of porpoises, several pods of dolphins, a lot of kitkats and twixes, a ton of rain and not a lot of sleep- rewarded by a view on Monday afternoon of the Isles of Scilly, bathed in sunshine, just like they look on the postcards.

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Shakedown sail. What an introduction to BB!

I joined BB on the strength of a nice lunch and meeting a lovely group of people, so was really looking forward to actually going out to sea on her. I joined in late January and up to last Sunday my experience of BB has been mostly wandering round looking helpful with a pair of pliers and waving a hose over hatches to check for leaks. However, on Sunday, the gods which rule crane hire and weather (and hard work by members and friends) smiled and she was ready to rules the waves. 

It was a fabulous day... she is such a lady. We had a great mixture of conditions, waves and winds, but the experience was magical, and I can't wait to go out on her again and especially the Ireland trip. 

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