|Activity||Activity date||Activity description|
|Beach cafe sail||2017-04-15||Down from SYC to the beach cafe at Exmouth. Two very different forecasts - this time the Met Office was right and it was F4 with gusts to the top of F5. Wind was from the NNW so an easy sail with a couple of gybes on the way down. A lot of tacking on the way back but a really great sail for the Wayfarer with one reef in. A max speed of 9.5 knots isnt bad for an old Wayfarer - OK there might have been a little tidal assist at that point! One day, we'll make 10 knots.|
|SYC beach cafe sail||2015-08-01||We haven't been out on the Wayfarer for quite a while. That sounds bad given that it's the height of summer but a quick check shows that I've actually sailed over 490 nautical miles since our last Wayfarer trip so I haven't exactly given up sailing! A breezy sail down to the beach cafe - we put in a reef for the way back which wasn't too cowardly as there were a couple of capsizes on the way back. Big tides which is the main reason for the quite fast average speed.|
|Breezy Dart Sail||2015-09-28||A breezy day sail on Nigel H's Dart 18. Wind was generally between F4 and F5 but probably touching F6 for a short while as we left the beach cafe.Top speed of 17 knots just below the 18 knots on a sail last year.|
|October dinghy cruise||2015-10-10||An iffy weather forecast (F4 gusting F5 with occasional F6) didn't tie up with the conditions at the start time so we went out with one reef. In the end, it turned out to be a lovely sail.|
|Beach cafe dinghy cruise||2015-10-17||A mid October dinghy cruise to the beach cafe. Winds of mid F4 forecast but mostly a bit lower than that. Broke the tiller extension universal joint which made sailing back a bit different to usual.|
|First beach cafe sail of 2016||2016-04-23||First SYC sail to the Exmouth beach cafe in 2016. The forecast was north easterly F4 to F5. However, on the way back from the beach cafe it was really quite gusty and I'd guess that the gusts might just have been F6. Combined with a fairly large tide and the NE wind being against the tide, it made for an interesting sail back.|
|Beach cafe sail||2016-05-07||Wind forecast was for a F4 gusting F5 and, after a slow start, that's what we got. Stopped half way down to put in one reef. Top choccie ice cream at the Beach Cafe. With the wind well behind us on the way back, put two reefs in the main and had full headsail on the way back. Still went quite fast on the way back. The top speed of 9.8 knots - in a Wayfarer - is a clue to the size of the tides.|
|Dart sail||2016-06-27||First sail of the year on Nigel H's Dart 18. Wind was up and down and we fought the tide on the way back to SYC but some fast speeds out at sea.|
|Jim Vallis Cruise||2016-08-06||The first Jim Vallis Memorial Cruise. A dinghy cruise in memory of our friend Jim Vallis who started up the organised dinghy cruises at SYC. A lovely sunny day with the wind varying between nothing and about force 5 - but with no big gusts so very sailable. Joined at SYC by many from Jim's family and Sandra joined us on our Wayfarer for a sail.|
|First bike ride of 2017||2017-01-03||Round to Exmouth and back. And today's lesson learned is not to eat a cheese and tomato toastie with chips at the Exmouth beach cafe immediately before heading off back into the wind for umpteen miles...|
|Exmouth and back||2017-02-11||Round to Exmouth and back to meet up with the SYC dinghy cruisers at the Beach Cafe. Temperature was between one and two degrees with flurries of snow.|
|Another beach cafe sail||2011-03-23||Down to the beach cafe and then up the estuary a little bit waiting for some tide so we didnt have to pull th eboat up through too much mud|
|Safety boat at SYC||2017-06-24||Safety boat for SYC dinghy cruise. Nearly an out to sea cruise but it was a little lumpy just out towards the fairway buoy.|
|SYC dinghy cruise||2018-04-28||First down river dinghy cruise of the 2018 SYC programme. Next to no wind most of the time but a pleasant drift in bigish tides. Beach cafe toasties as good as usual.|
|Beach cafe sail||2018-05-19||SYC dinghy cruise to the beach cafe. Great winds and plenty of sun! Heading towards Springs so plenty of tide so quite a fast speed over the ground going past the Warren.|
|Beach cafe sail||2018-06-30||A lovely sail from SYC down to the Exmouth beach. Glorious sunshine and quite a strong sea breeze to start with.|
|Liz's first safety boat drive||2018-08-25||Liz's first safety boat drive since getting her "Power Boat 2" training. An out to sea dinghy cruise - out as far as the fairway buoy anyway.|
|Dinghy cruise to fairway buoy||2019-06-01||An excellent dinghy cruise. A steady F3 most of the time. Lunch at the beach cafe and then out as far as the fairway buoy. Pretty slow tacking out from the beach cafe to Maer Rocks as a lightish wind and the tide was now starting to flood in.|
|Dinghy Cruise OOD and safety boat||2019-06-15||"Officer of the day" and safety boat driver for a down river dinghy cruise from SYC. The slightly dodgy forecast ended up being fine and a good sail was had by all.|
|SYC Dinghy Cruise||2019-08-03||SYC dinghy cruise down to the beach cafe. Slightly stronger winds than forecast - about F4 much of the time - and a big 4.4 metre tide resulted in a top speed of 9.4 knots. Not bad for a 40 year old Wayfarer but we still haven't broken the 10 knots barrier yet! Unfortunately the battery in the GPS ran out half way back.|
|Down river safety boat||2019-08-17||Safety boat for the Jim Vallis Memorial dinghy cruise. Down to beach cafe. Wind between about F1 and F4.|
|First sail of the year on Nigel's Dart||2015-06-08||Lots of wind going down the estuary. Quite a bit of wind out at sea for a while and some waves to play with. After lunch at the beach cafe the wind died away a bit making the sail back up the channel alongside Exmout beach somewhat tricky (including some fun in the shallow waters just before the Warren point), More wind when back in the estuary but the strength of the ebbing tide made it a "tactical" sail back to SYC.|
|Exe Estuary sea breezes||2013-08-26||A lovely gentle sail in light sea breezes to and from the Beach Cafe at Exmouth|
|Sail on Nigels Dart 18||2013-09-02||A super sail out to the beach cafe, out to sea and back via the Warren. A bit of everything in the wind - well from F2 to F4 - and lots of sun. Ideal. GPS battery died on the way back.|
|Autumn beach cafe sail||2013-10-05||An autumn sail down to the beach cafe. The sun put in an appearance and there was occasionally a bit of wind to use in the big springs tide|
|First beach cafe sail of the year||2013-05-25||From SYC down to the beach cafe and back. The forecast said next to no wind but a lovely sea breeze kicked in. Top sail.|
|First beach cafe sail of the year.||2014-05-03||A lovely F3 south easterly for a sail down to the Exmouth Beach Cafe and back again|
|Autumn estuary sail||2012-10-06||An end of summer sail down to the beach cafe and back. Fairly light and variable winds. Six SYC boats.|
|A perfect summers sail||2012-07-22||With the first spell of decent weather this summer the dinghy cruise down to the Beach Cafe and back had an excellent F3 southerly sea breeze and lots of sunshine. Marvellous. All the best photos courtesy of Lizs brother Julian.|
|Sunny beach cafe safety boat duty||2014-05-17||A lovely sunny May sail down to the beach cafe and back. Light winds but just enough.|
|Beach cafe sail||2014-06-16||A sail down to the beach cafe in our Wayfarer with Bob and Andy in the Wanderer. Big tides and some lovely winds. Top sailing.|
|Dawlish Air Show Dinghy Cruise||2014-08-23||"Officer of the day" and safety boat duty on an out to sea dinghy cruise that coincided with the Dawlish Air Show. A few dramas a long the way but saw the Red Arrows and, later, the battle of Britain memorial flight (including two Lancasters, a Spitfire and a Hurricane).|
|Down river dinghy cruise||2012-09-15||Down to the beach cafe and back. Very light winds most of the time but the sun was shining.|
|A beach cafe sail||2011-04-22||One of the many SYC to beach cafe sails swinging around a low tide.|
|October beach cafe sail||2014-10-11||Good winds and big tides for a late season sail from SYC down to the beach cafe. Some excellent winds round the Warren and the Docks. Died away a little bit for the last mile back to SYC.|
|Down river dinghy cruise||2012-08-18||To the beach cafe and back. Sunny weather and F2 to F3.|
|First beach cafe sail of 2015||2015-04-19||A down river sail from SYC to the Exmouth beach cafe. Strange winds - a bit of everything. Off Cockwood the NE wind met a sea breeze and shifted 180 degrees! It did this on both the way down and the way back. Coming back to the Club the wind got a bit lively for the last 5 minutes of the sail.|
|Spring sea breezes||2018-05-07||Up towards Topsham with a lovely sea breeze is glorious sunny bank holiday weather. Then down towards the Exe floating cafe - at which point the sea breeze pretty much died - most unusual.
Then out with the little Honda 2.3 outboard to see whether it still goes and is reliable. Seems to be!
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|Godrevy and Hells Mouth Cafe||2018-09-10||Met up with Ruth and Derek H for a revisit of the walk past Godrevy Lighthouse and on to Hells Mouth Cafe.
Lots of seals in the cover just past Godrevy Lighthouse - they are the blurry black blob things in the photos.
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|River Exe Cafe||2018-04-08||Birthday treat at the River Exe Cafe
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|Lutzys cafe||2017-11-11||A cycle ride into Exeter and back with Liz. Stopped at Lutzy's Cafe for the rather nice custard tarts and some coffee.
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|Godrevy and Hells Mouth||2017-09-18||From Gwithian Farm campsite, past Godrevy Beach and on past Godrevy Lighthouse. Then on past an inaccessible cove where about 15-20 seals were resting, Then on to the rather splendidly named Hells Mouth where the lonely Hells Mouth Cafe did a great cappuccino.
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|Exeter cycle ride||2019-03-17||Into Exeter with Liz. First day in a week that the winds weren't above force 6! Still windy though so hard work on the way in and Mrs Lutzy's was full! Stopped at Dawlish Warren bike cafe to get the gears on Liz's bike "fine tuned". Met up with Dr John.
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|Upton Pyne||2019-04-08||Took the bikes in the camper van when dropping it off for its yearly service and MOT. Then on to the Boatyard Cafe on the Quay for breakfast. Spent a bit of time shopping for bits and bobs in Exeter and then cycled on to Upton Pyne (there a hill on the way to Upton Pyne!).
Average speed should be ignored as we were walking round Exeter quite a bit.
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|A sunny Monday evening sail||2012-07-23||A great Monday evening sail. The tail end of a F3 sea breeze and a strong incoming Spring tide. The average speed over the ground may not win any prizes but a cracking sail down past the floating cafe and through the moorings
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|Teignmouth and Holcombe||2019-01-13||Walked Scooby Hound along the seafront at Teignmouth and along to Holcombe. Then back inland to Teignmouth for lunch at the View and a bit of ball action for Scooby on the back beach.
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|ICC down to South Beach - Salcombe||2011-09-25||From the Island Crusing Club down to the South Beach and back again
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|Lands End, Sennen and Gwynver Beach||2019-09-14||Had another free day's parking on the extornionate £6 Lands End parking fee. Walked to Sennen and saw lots of yachts doing the "inshore passage" round Lands' End. On to Gwynver beach (because Scooby asked). Ice creams at Sennen and then back to Treen and G&Ts on the cliff top as the sun went down (and the nudists disappeared).
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|Eoropie Beach and Butt of Lewis lighthouse||2022-05-16||Another wonderful beach for Scoby Hound,
This time it was the Eoropie Beach right at the north end of Lewis.
Then on to the Butt of Lewis lighthouse. The most norrth westerly point of somewhere or other. Also in the Guinness Book of Records as being the windiest place in the UK. Which felt about right.
Eoropie has a wonderful kids adventure playground with a sign asking one to "respect the sabbath".
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|Gwenapp Head||2018-09-08||Another new take on a favourite walk. From Treen, via St Levans, Porthgwarra and on to Gwenapp Head (just along from Lands End and happily not touched by the awful tat at Lands End).
We could see the rain showers getting blown in from the Atlantic - but as they were mostly horizontal it was possible to keep mostly dry by sheltering behind lumps of granite.
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|Polkerris Beach||2018-09-02||Stayed at Penhale camp site near Fowey. A short walk to Polkerris Beach where we knew that dogs were banned but didn't know that the ice cream shop would shut up shop at half four - outrageous!
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|Loe Beach to Flushing||2017-07-08||A paddle along the Fal estuary. Down from Loe beach round the Flushing. Almost ideal weather - light winds and tide with us on the way back.
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|Scooby walk along Seaton beach||2014-01-15||A lowish tide walk along Seaton Beach so Scooby could have some ball chase practise
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|Lligwy beach and Moelfre||2016-09-13||On to an Anglesey and the rather excellent Lligwy Beach.
Scooby happy that the "beach quotient" picking up again.
Then along the cliff top to the pub in Moelfre and back again.
The campsite we were staying at was good with a gate right on to the beach. However, the rules and regulations were a little OTT
Actually, we'd recommend the place but they do themselves no favours with their rules and regs so we went on looking for the more liberal parts of Anglesey (well - one can live in hope).
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|Beaches on the Roseland Peninsula||2016-07-10||Three beaches and four visits - Scooby was in heaven. Along the eastern coast of the Roseland peninsula for a change. Timed right for a falling tide so Scooby got maximum "ball action" on several beaches (including Porthcurnick and Portbean). Then back inland looking for the footpaths that had been moved.|
|Mylor Harbour to Trelissick||2014-09-09||From Mylor Harbour to Trelissick and back via Looe Beach. Tried teaching Scooby to swim at Looe Beach but he was too much of a wuss - even for strawberry ice cream.
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|Looe beach to Malpas||2014-09-16||A canoe trip from Loe beack up pass Trellisick and King Harry Ferry on to just past Malpas (on the way to Truro). It was a bit windy - force 5 ish - so we didn't go all the way to Truro although we'd got up very early on a holiday day to catch the tide.
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|Creeks and kingfishers||2015-09-19||First canoe trip of the 2015 summer holiday. From Mylor harbour, a little way up Restronguet creek up past the Pandora Inn, on to Looe Beach and then back via Mylor Creek. Had a kingfisher with us for quite a way up Mylor creek.
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|Par Sands||2015-06-27||Another day - another beach for Scooby. A trip down to Par Beach because they allow doggies on it all year round. Nice enough beach but with industrial units at one end and a holiday camp behind. Couldn't find the coffee/paper shop which is a pity as I was looking forward to showing Richard T how to do the Torygraph crossword. Scooby enjoyed himself as usual.
Settings button on camera ever so slightly wrong for a lot of the photos - not unusual for us.
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