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A man fell over board this Sunday.......four times!


Brighton Belle sailed out of Brighton Marina for a jolly today. With 7 on board we set off to have a little fun and practice some manoeuvres. 


Skipper Phillip, assisted by a willing crew of 6 threw a nominated member of the yachts equipment over the side and shouted 'man over board'.

Lots of action, sail handling and great teamwork had us sailing back and picking up the 'casualty' within about 4 minutes.

In the excited discussion that followed, we talked about boat control and speed of approach and what could have been done better. It was agreed that the recovery had been quite successful. 

Then, extraordinarily, that nominated member of the yacht's equipment, the danbuoy and horseshoe life ring, was over the side again!

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Cruise 7 Cork to Penzance - A Scilly Route

Joining the boat all went swimmingly – thankfully not literally as she was berthed in the Cork Royal Yacht Club marina at Crosshaven and access was via pontoon - until I decided to pop into the club bar for a drink. Who was to know that ordering a Guinness rather than a Murphy’s would be a hanging offence in these parts? I would have been in less trouble for ordering a Scottish whisky.

The rest of the crew arrived late from their flights but the Guinness, followed by a Murphy’s for reasons of diversity and inclusion, ensured that I was not disturbed till the morning. The day was spent provisioning, plotting and generally preparing to sail with a bit of socialising, string games and swimming thrown in – again not literally.

We had a glorious sunny sail from Crosshaven to Glandore with good winds, and anchored as close as we could to the little jetty where George took our day guest, Paddy, ashore to catch his bus back to Crosshaven. An idyllic backdrop to an evening of swimming, eating and drinking.

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Crosshaven to Plymouth

Getting out of a tight spot

Crosshaven (In the Republic of Ireland) is within the natural harbour of Cork. The previous skipper and crew of Brighton Belle, by their own admission, got her into a tight space. We got her out.

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Cruise 06 The terror of Biscay and the calm of Ireland

July 12th to 26th 2014

At the beginning of the year I signed up for Brighton Belle’s voyage from Sada in Galicia, northern Spain to Crosshaven, County Cork, in southern Ireland. As part of their own preparation for the voyage Brian and Diana Moore had signed up to a 600 mile sail on Velvet Lady, another Oyster 55, in March. They were confronted by gale force winds for most of their week on board and the experience had told Brian, the Skipper for our trip across the Bay of Biscay, that it could turn out to be very demanding of the crew’s competence and resilience. So on 6th June the whole crew met in Brighton for a pre- voyage briefing (and a tasty meal!). Brian’s and Diana’s stories of the rigours and dangers of their own voyage certainly hit the mark with me and if I hadn’t been apprehensive beforehand I certainly was from then on.

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Cruises 4 & 5 June 28 - July 12 2014

Bob and Phillip had done a fine job to get BB to Corunna and then Fiona, on her maiden cruise as skipper, took her down to Vigo.

We saw Fiona and her crew briefly at Santiago airport as we pressed our noses to the glass wall separating the departures and arrivals as we headed to baggage collection and they to our aircraft, keen to leave the overcast skies in Spain for a sunny England. The pilot had warned us as we left England that the weather in Santiago was atrocious and if it did not improve we might not be able to land there! However we waved vigorously at each other and headed for Santiago train station.

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Cruise 09 July 28 - Aug 03 2013

Day 1: Jason and I flew out to Brest to join those remaining on board BB - Nigel, Shaun and Bill- for a second week of fine weather, excellent company and good sailing.

Shaun was left on board with the marigolds whilst Nigel and Bill surprised us by greeting us at the airport. It was a short taxi ride to L’Aberwrach from the airport, and we were well entertained by Bill and Nigel with their tales of their escapades of the previous week. We had a booking in the chaps’ favourite ‘Pot du Buerre’ restaurant that evening and it didn’t fail as the start of our gourmet cruising week!

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Cruise 02 June 9 to 15 2013

Day 1 Sunday (Brest to Raz de Sein)

Having said goodbye to our skipper for the first week Brian Moore and his wife Diana, David, Phillip and I were staying on Brighton Belle in the Château Marina in Brest to welcome aboard Stewart, Neil and Wendy who had flown in from the UK that morning. Stuart had already “texted” that he wished to get underway as soon as possible after arriving in order to get as close as possible to the Raz de Sein today. So Philip and David had already made a passage plan which Stewart was happy with, given the existing wind conditions, and we set sail from Brest about 1400.

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Cruise 06 La Rochelle to Pornic

Crew: Bob Williams (skipper), Hilary Williams, Stephen Avery, Gordon Piggott, Jason Austin, Kate (Two Drinks) Rozik

So this is how I remember our trip…

We arrived at Southampton Airport where we met up with the rest of the crew.

Having a welcome drink we waited for the delayed flight which gave us some time to discuss the general plan for the week ahead.

After a short flight to France we landed in La Rochelle, the weather was great, very sunny with nice breeze, what else could we want. After a quick wave through terminal window to Howard, who was a skipper during the week 5 cruise and was on his way back to UK we collected luggages and got taxis to La Rochelle marina.

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Plymouth to Gosport 3-10 August 2013

I love the journey, and my week's journey on Brighton Belle started by getting the car to Gosport, in readiness to bring some of us back to Brighton in 7 day’s time. Next a ferry crossing to Portsmouth. Then 3 trains to Plymouth. Easy.

The "girls" that run the restaurant Jolly Jacks in Mayflower Marina Plymouth amused us as we enjoyed our first supper together. The saltiest of those present looked at the weather forecast this Saturday evening and considered matters. Bob was skipper and we had the options laid out. Outcome ..  We are going to Alderney. 0315 get up 0400 cast off. Passage plan by Neil, interesting lights to view on the way out of Plymouth in the dark. Hold on tight we'll need foul weather gear on this passage, and we did. But we did have decent wind and sailed all the way.

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Cruise 07 - Pornic to Brest

On board: two old guys (Bob, David), three youths (Brendan, Leon, Xan)

Saturday: Early flight from Southampton to Nantes. Missed a bus, meet Xan at the station, recently arrived from Barcelona. Missed a train, eventually arrive at Pornic. Weather: hot and sunny. Choose cabins, shop for supplies (food, beer). Eat at "Le Skipper". Sleep.

Sunday: Weather: hot and sunny. Sail to Port Goulphar, Belle Ile - gentle winds, had to motor a short while but it picked up again. Anchor, eat, drink beer.

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Cruise 04 June 22-29 2013

After Stewart and crew had done the hard work for us (and suffered some ‘interesting’ weather, I hear!), we again jumped on a plane for the sunny shores and sands of La Rochelle, for a relaxing week tootling around the harbours of South Biscay. BB was snugly moored in the inner basin, right in the heart of the attractive old town. But we were clearly not going anywhere in a hurry, as that weekend turned out to be a festival of triathlon, and if we had moved BB, we would have been in danger of mowing down the swimmers , who thrashed past the pontoons in a continuous stream of wetsuits and goggles in all ages, shapes and sizes, to the accompaniment of very loud pop music and a hysterical commentator, who we were ready to strangle with his own microphone cord after nearly 10 hours of shouting!

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Cruise 01 June 1-9 2013

Planning to sail in a south westerly direction is asking for headwinds and lots of tacking or motoring, but for the start of the 2013 cruising season we were blessed with almost continuous northerly winds – unheard of in our sailing experience!

BB set off from Brighton on 1st June in glorious sunshine with a crew of seven, skippered by Brian. Those following us on the AIS could watch us changing our minds in the early hours of Sunday, and abandoning our planned destination of Cherbourg for a direct passage to Guernsey. The tides were perfect, we were making good speed under engine, so it was breakfast in St Peter Port.

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Atlantic coast of France, Pornic to La Rochelle

These are a few photos taken during a weeks cruise along the Atlantic coast of France between Pornic and La Rochelle. I was lucky enough to have a fantastic crew and don't think I have laughed so much in years.

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Back in the Water

Brighton Belle was relaunched after her winter layup in Brighton Marina boat yard on Saturday 30th March 2013. We had a good turnout of members to help prepare her for the travel hoist, and to deliver her back to her mooring once the boat yard staff had got her safely back in the water.

A big thank you to everyone who worked so hard through the winter to get her ready for another season's sailing. This year Brighton Belle is heading for the Bay of Biscay, as far south as La Rochelle, through June and July. She will return to the Solent in mid-August for some south coast sailing, including long weekends.

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Winter Sailing

Crew: Stewart – skipper, Bob, Jason, Christoph, Damian, John, Reka, Wendy, Kate.

1 December, some people went Xmas tree shopping, we were more creative and decided to go sailing instead. The day skipper Stewart arranged the trip. He invited over members of the BEC and us, so mostly beginners as a crew.

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Solent Weekend

It was a fateful day in July when I encountered George on the train from Southampton to Portsmouth. The sun was shining, it was the start of the school holidays, and the trains were so crowded I was squashed into the corridor with my bike. George squeezed on after me with a huge pack. "Where are you going?" I asked. When he answered "Sailing", my ears pricked up, as only that week I had been looking at sailing classes online. When George told me that he was part of the Brighton Belle syndicate, and suggested I might be able to join the crew on a trip, I was hooked.

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The Wet and Windy Week

Cruise 22 - 11th to 18th August – Plymouth to Plymouth

SAT 11th Aug — a heap of young adults piled into my car and promptly fell asleep, as did the first mate Linda, leaving me to enjoy a warm, sunny start to our holiday – giving little clue of the weather that we were to experience later in the week, although my old bit of dried sea weed was lifting an eye lid trying to warn me.

In my pocket was the solution to all the problems we had endured with the fresh water system. On a previous trip I had spent some time upside down and back to front trying to trace an air leak which had persistently remained out of reach. After a complicated process which included completely servicing the water pump I had traced the cause to an old pressure relief valve, which had to be replaced.

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Sailing back to Brighton

Kate on Brighton BelleCrew: Nigel, Richard, Dan, Jason, Stuart, Hille, Steve, Kate

It was Friday 12th October, early evening when we met Linda and Nigel. I was welcomed by Nigel with, 'you must be two drinks'. Wink This was followed by a chat and quick checklist of the equipment. We then hit the road - Brighton to Gosport. After what felt like an endless journey down Gosport road we finally reached the marina where we met Dan and Steve.

The evening was completed with a visit to the Castle Tavern; massive food portions with drinks - good value for money.

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Cruise Report 23 June to 30 June

SAT. 23 JUNE—the crew assembled in Jersey under the eagle eye of Nigel and his mate Bill Catchpole who had both arrived the day before to arrange some eccentric victualling. On their arrival Nigel and Bill were somewhat flumoxed when, asked to be taken to the St Helier Marina, were told by their Glaswegian taxi driver that there were four so which one did they want. Eventually happily united with BB they had then embarked upon a rapacious Indian vindaloo dinner washed down with some vicious red-eye, the consequences of which they embellished to the discomfort of the joining crew.

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Raffle Prize!

A day out on ‘Brighton Belle’ was the star prize in a fund-raising auction in aid of ‘Race2Recovery’, a charity supporting injured servicemen and women. A group of my friends secured it as a very generous present for my sixtieth birthday.

Finding a date convenient for everybody resulted in our deciding to go ahead the day the weather broke - having been duly warned that the worst-case scenario might be a celebration in the harbour.

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Boarded by French Customs!

Bob Williams (skipper), Stephen Avery, Jane Roderic-Evans, Gordon Wills and Steve Benham.


We joined Brighton Belle in St Helier marina, Jersey, after an easy flight from Gatwick. She was moored on a hammerhead close to the marina entrance. Our first job after settling in was to turn her stem to stern, so that we'd be pointing in the right direction for our departure the next day. The wind was blowing us onto the pontoon, so the manoeuvre was accomplished by springing the stern out against a bow spring, then walking the bow along the pontoon.

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Cruising out of Plymouth

Bob Williams (skipper), Anthony Prior (mate), Wendy Caules, Kate Guthrie

We drove down to Plymouth from Brighton, crammed into Bob's Audi A4, on Saturday 4 August, arriving at Mayflower marina in warm sunshine. Nigel and Linda handed over a nice, clean boat, but unfortunately the pressure relief valve on top of the calorifier had failed, and the replacement that I had bought was the wrong fitting. We therefore inherited a carefully designed method for using the heads, which entailed keeping a bucket of fresh water in each head.

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Trip 1 - 1st to 9th June

Crew: Nigel McMillan, Linda McMillan, Howard Goodbourn, Alex Goodbourn, Richard Horsler, Stuart Holton, Peter Millar

Fri 1st June:
About 100 boats gathered early in the morning for the annual Royal Escape Race, but due to the light conditions it was little more than a drift to the first mark.

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Loch Fyne to Arran

Bob Williams (skipper), Fiona Bernard (mate), Stephen Avery, Jane Roderic-Evans, Leon Prior.

Our week on board Brighton Belle from 9 to 16 July 2011 included a 30 mile expedition to the top of Loch Fyne, where we picked up one of the three visitor's moorings.

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Brighton to Plymouth

Brian (skipper), Phil (mate), Fiona, Stephen and Diana

We had successfully negotiated the trolley dash round Asda, bagged our bunks, and removed the sail covers, so now all we had to do was to take the plunge, leave the security of Brighton Marina and head for the open sea and all points west on Brighton Belle’s maiden cruise to the West Country.

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2011 May day cruise east of Brighton

This was a great day out of Brighton with a group of German friends. The cliffs around Beachy Head were spectacular.

 

 

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