|Activity||Activity date||Activity description|
|Exeter and back||2017-12-04||A ride into Exeter and back with Liz|
|Exeter and back||2017-04-17||In to Exeter on the Marin bike. Stopped at SYC on the way back to watch Liz and Nigel on the safety boat. About the same strength and direction wind as yesterday so it seems that the posh bike makes me about 1.5 mph faster.|
|Exeter and back||2017-12-23||Into Exeter and back with Liz|
|Exeter and back||2016-12-18||Foggy ride into Exeter and back|
|Exeter and back||2016-11-19||Another 20 mile ride into Exeter and back. First ever average of 13 mph on a twenty mile ride. Storm Angus had left the flood prevention overflows in full spate in Exeter.|
|Exeter and back||2017-08-26||Into Exeter and back. On the posh bike but far too many blind and deaf walkers, kids and doggies on the paths to be able to go too fast.|
|Exeter and back||2016-12-17||First ride in a fortnight - work and the weather put paid to the previous weekend.|
|Xmas eve ride||2016-12-24||Into Exeter and back. First solo ride for a couple of week and the slightly higher speeds made it hard work!|
|Exeter and back||2017-10-07||Too windy for us to want to go sailing (F4 gusting F6) so Liz and I cycled into Exeter and back.|
|Exeter and back||2017-04-16||Into Exeter and back. A fair old head wind on the way out but speedy on the way back. Not a bad average for me given that I'm still not fully over the lurgie I've had for the last couple of weeks.|
|Exeter and back||2017-12-26||Easy ride on teh way out. Wet and windy on the way back. Stopped at SYC on the way back to fix the webcam and weather PC. Weather station recording 20 knots of wind right on the nose for the remaining part of the journey home.|
|Exeter and back||2017-02-21||Another "fast for me" ride into Exeter and back. Fast - as in more than 14mph average. There was a sod of a headwind on the way out so made up time on the way back (although I could swear that the wind changed direction just as a I started back from Exeter).|
|Exeter||2018-05-18||Into Exeter and back with Liz. Coffee at Lutzys and then a fairly strong breeze to contend with on the way back.|
|Exeter and back||2017-04-14||Wanted a nice gentle ride as it was the first time back on the bike in three weeks - a camper van trip and a slow to end lurgie having got in the way. And a nice gentle ride with Liz it was.|
|Exeter and back||2017-01-21||Cold days cycle ride into Exeter and back. Just above freezing. Very gentle ride with Liz - reflected in the somewhat slower than usual average speed.|
|Exeter and back||2016-12-05||To the Mill On The Exe and back|
|Exeter and back||2018-04-23||Into Exeter and back with Liz. Stopped for a coffee at Lutzy's. Watched the dredger deepening the channel out from the Turf Locks.|
|Into Exeter and back||2017-08-05||Too windy for sailing so we went cycling. Quite a big bit windy said Liz after her first time on the bike for quite a while.|
|Exeter and back||2017-04-24||A fairly gentle ride into Exeter and back. Had the Marin loaded up with a pannier and computer bag as though I was going to cycle into work. After a bit of adjustment it all seemed to work ok.|
|Exeter and back||2017-01-05||Quite fast on the way out but a bit of a head wind on the way back slowed things down a bit overall.|
|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.|
|Exeter and back||2018-01-28||First time on the bike after the gears were mended. All good.|
|Exeter cycle ride||2017-10-22||Into Exeter with Liz. Strong headwinds on the way out - faster on the way back. Saw a Bentley with a bike rack on the back at the Swan's Next park.|
|Exeter and back||2017-05-08||Cycle ride into Exeter and back with a stop at SYC on the way back. Not a bad average for me as I was on the Marin hybrid loaded up with a pannier, locks and a book.|
|Exeter and back||2018-01-20||Into Exeter and back with Liz. Picked up some free tide timetables from the very nice people at Bridger Marine on the Quay.|
|New Years Eve bike ride||2016-12-31||Exeter and back|
|Exeter and back||2016-12-03||A windy ride into Exeter and back, Liz still in post lurgie mode.|
|Floods, a puncture and a disputed cupcake||2018-03-04||Post snow flooding on the Exe cycle path meant a bunch of walking. Liz didn't want the gorgeous Lutzy's cupcake bought for her so it was half each - the first "snack" this year! Then a blowout on the way home on Lizzie's rear tyre. Not helped by the poxy pump we had with us only being able to half inflate the tyre. A trip to the LBS tomorrow for a replacement.|
|And another twenty miles||2016-10-21||To the Mill On The Exe and back again. This one was very slightly easier than yesterday but that's probably because it was such a still day. Average of 12mph!!! I don't think I've ever averaged that before. Cheating slightly by stopping to read a chapter of a book at the Exe Quay (safe water mark) and at the Turf Locks - as it was such a nice day.|
|Exeter and back||2018-02-16||Into Exeter and back with Liz. Straight into a headwind on the way home.|
|Bike ride into Exeter||2017-07-02||A leisurely bike ride into Exeter with Liz. Liz's first time on the bike in a while. Combine that with hundreds of ISCA Academy 10 year olds vying to see which one of them could throw themselves under Liz's front wheel first, and the average speed makes more sense. Stopped at SYC on the way back.|
|Exeter and back||2017-03-10||Into Exeter and back. Average speed not too bad given that there was quite a strong headwind on the way back.|
|Exeter and back||2016-12-29||Into Exeter and back. Moving average a little disappointing given how hard I pedaled!|
|Exeter and back||2016-11-28||A windy ride into Exeter and back. Luckily the wind (F5 to F7 on Met Office forecast) was mostly on the side,|
|Exeter and back||2017-06-12||Quite hard work as I hadn't been on the bike for the last three weeks and there was a bit of a head wind on the way out.|
|Exeter and back||2018-02-12||A gentle cycle ride into Exeter with Liz. First time on the bike in nearly two weeks due to a winter lurgie that refused to go. Still not 100% right yet! Lutzys was still closed.|
|Exeter bike ride||2021-10-20||Liz post work|
|Exeter and back||2017-03-04||A gentle wide into Exeter and back with Liz.|
|Xmas day bike ride||2016-12-25||A ride with Liz into Exeter and back. Lots of kids on the cycle path with shiny new Xmas present bikes.|
|Exeter and back||2016-11-27||Liz's first time back on the bike at the tail end of a two week lurgy.|
|Another twenty miles||2016-10-20||Third day in a row of cycling into Exeter and back.
Every day is getting harder - surely that's not right!
A couple of "reading breaks" on the way back.
Tags: Mill on the Exe
|Exeter and back||2018-01-29||Into Exeter and back with Liz to do a bit of shopping. Bit windy and had to walk past the people putting up a new fence along the railway along the estuary. There was a new cruise boat - The Spirit Of Loch Ness - in the Turf Lock. Not seen her before.|
|Dawlish and Exeter||2017-12-18||Into Dawlish with Liz to pay a bill and then up to Lutzy's on Exeter Quay. A lovely sunny winter's day with next to no wind. Liz says "bad back and snotty nose" the reason for the slightly low average speed.|
|Exeter and back||2017-02-06||Super fast on the way out. A bit slower on the way back. The last five miles were into a fairly strong headwind right on the nose. That and pouring rain and the cold put a slight damper on the last quarter!|
|Exeter and back - quite fast||2017-02-18||A very fast (for me) ride out to Exeter (averaged 16.2mph - would have been faster but for the hordes of pedestrians on the last couple of miles) and a somewhat slower ride back into quite a strong head wind. Stopped briefly at SYC to watch the dinghy instructor pre-prep course. Fastest overall average I've managed on the 20 miles "Exeter and back" ride. First time averaging over 14 mph!|
|Exeter and back||2017-02-27||A gentle ride into Exeter and back. A mixture of sunshine and showers but at least the wind was from the side. Most impressively, Liz managed to come off her bike but still remain standing at the end of the manoeuvre!|
|Bike ride to Exeter||2016-10-18||Start of a possible attempt to maybe get a little fitter. A twenty mile round trip ride into Exeter (Mill on the Exe area) and back again. The final climb back up Cockwood Hill nearly killed me.|
|Another twenty miles||2016-10-19||Another ride into Exeter and back. Hard work!|
|Bolberry Down and Soar Mill Sove||2019-09-07||First day of hols! Whiteley's off to new camp-site near Salcombe - remember for family happiness mobile signal not great for route finding! New camp-site with very friendly owners.Walked to Saw Mill Cove lots of dog swimming & ball throwing. Views of Rame Head (Liz's favourite headland!), Burgh Island & the Eddystone. Expensive pints at newly furbished bar on way back.
Tags: Soar Mill Cove
|Exeter and back||2017-12-09||Into Exeter and back. Just got bike back from a big service by Jon S. Combination of a freshly serviced bike and not much wind made the moving average a bit better than some other recent rides.
Tags: Mill On Th eExe
|Sail with Liz and Julian||2012-04-14||No wind but some thunderstorms. Not the ideal sail on the estuary for Lizs brother.|
|Up river cruise to Goat Walk||2012-05-19||An up river dinghy cruise from SYC to the Goat Walk. Light winds on the way back. About 15 boats out.|
|Down river dinghy cruise||2022-08-13||Safety boat duty on a down river dinghy cruise. Twenty one boats, a big spring tide and a few minor dramas. And my first double scoop of ice cream in about 3 months. Lush.|
|Work cycle ride||2017-05-02||Cycle ride to work and back. Not that windy but the wind was against on the way to work and against on the way home!|
|Weymouth to Topsham||2016-11-14||From Weymouth round Portland Bill to Topsham at the top of the Exe. Stage three in bringing Derek H's new Fulmar back to the Exe. With very big Spring tides, we took the offshore route around the East Shambles buoy and a few miles off Portland Bill. With the wind pretty much on the nose after we turned west, we motored most of the way back from Portland Bill. With the wind varying between 12 and 20 knots against us and 1 or 2 knots of tide with us, the first half of the journey back to the Exe (after Portland Bill) was a little bouncy at times. We reached the Exe just as it got dark - the trip back up the Exe in the dark and with big tides was interesting! With the Exe's mix of lit and unlit buoys and moorings encroaching on the channel, I really wouldn't recommend going up the Exe at night without local knowledge!|
|A very gusty sail||2012-07-29||A very short sail as Liz wasnt too keen on the gusty conditions. It was windy as the top speed of 8.2 knots was actually against the tide. It felt fast for an old Wayfarer with a lot of the front of the boat out of the water as we planed down wind.|
|Monday evening sail||2012-07-30||A Monday evening sail to the Goat Walk - quite gusty.|
|Drew Trophy - SYC to Brixham||2019-07-20||The Drew Trophy from the Exe Safe Water mark to the breakwater entrance at Brixham Harbour. A marvelous sail albeit the wind didn't veer as promised later on meaning that we had to put in one short tack in to make the finish line. Still - 2 hours 24 minutes from the Exe SWM to Brixham breakwater is none too shabby!
Everybody (well - all 3 boats that took part) claimed they didn't want to win it as they'd then have to store the humongous trophy in the loft for a year.
So a result of first across the line and second on handicap could be claimed to be ideal! But I'm sure Julian P on Kinfolk will find the loft space somehow. Either way, with all three boats finishing within about 5 minutes, it was a very pleasant way to spend the day.
Then dinner at SYC with sailors from Topsham Sailing Club.
Tags: Exe SWM
|Lympstone and back||2017-08-27||Round to Lympstone and back with Liz. Lovely hot summer's day.|
|Safety boat at SYC||2013-02-17||Too windy for us to go out sailing as we havent been out for a couple of months. So ended up doing safety boat. Good fun - a little bouncy. Suspect the occasional max speed peaks are GPS data anomalies.|
|March safety boat||2013-03-24||Safety boat at SYC. A cold march day - two degrees centrigrade. The windchill factor made it feel like minus four. GPS data anomalies account for the three or four short peaks in speed.|
|Exe Estuary Darting||2020-08-30||Back on Nigel H's Dart 18 for the first time in a long while. Lovely trip down and up the estuary. Wind was up and down - nothing too strong and it didn't completely die away/ Lovely.|
|Lympstone and back||2017-01-22||Round to Lympstone on a lovely winters afternoon. Enough wind for the sailors at Starcross Yacht Club but not so much as to make the cycling unpleasant. Photos are from Lympstone looking at SYC and from SYC looking at Lymptstone.|
|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.|
|Walking the hound to the Turf||2013-05-26||A hound walk to to the Turf Pub with Scooby Lizzie and Julian|
|Exe to Dartmouth||2018-08-13||A lovely sail down from the Exe to Dartmouth. Wind ranged from very little to about 22 knots.|
|Canoe trip from SYC to Turf Pub||2013-07-08||A canoe trip from SYC to the Turf Pub on the Exe Estuary. Set out near low tide. Journey follows the just greater than paddle depth contour on the way out and later, with the higher tide, on the way back.|
|Sunny summers evening sail||2013-07-10||A lovely summer evenings sail. Just enough wind to go down estuary against the incoming tide.|
|Thalmia to her winter quarters||2022-10-12||Up to Trouts at Topsham ready for Thalmia to be craned out tomorrow. Watched Roy S nervously watching his Sadler 26 being lifted out.|
|Work cycle ride||2017-06-16||Into work and back|
|Bike ride to Exmouth and back||2013-08-11||Bike ride round the Exe Estuary from Cockwood to Exmouth and back.|
|The not-Topsham sail||2013-08-18||Thought the westerly wind would be ideal for a sail up to Topsham. However, it turned out to be too gusty and with large wind shifts to make that a good idea.|
|Lizzie bike ride||2014-03-07||First time back on the bike after a couple of very wet months. To the Swing Bridges and back again.|
|Swing bridge and back again||2014-03-08||A lovely cycle ride to the Swing Bridges. Bit of a sod on the way back straight into the southerly force 5 all the way. Aidans first time back on the bike for a couple of months.|
|Last hurrah of the summer?||2021-10-10||Lovely morning on the estuary on Nigel H's Dart 18. The wind filled in a bit - nay just have guested F4 occasionally.|
|Hundred miles this week||2016-10-22||The fifth 20 miler of the week. I'd expected this to be a gentle cycle ride with Liz but she was all gung ho! Way faster than I was expecting and I wasn't allowed my usual stopping places to have a breather. This was the fifth day out in a row doing 20 miles meaning that the target of doing 100 miles in a week was reached with 2 days to spare.Day off tomorrow!|
|Evening up river dinghy cruise||2014-06-12||A lovely evening's sail up to the Goat Walk at Topsham. Sun and a decent wind (which only died as the last couple of boats arrived back). We had a brief detour a little way down the Clyst taking advantage of the high tide.|
|Newport Trophy yacht race - Exe to Dartmouth||2014-06-14||A very light winds yacht race (or timed rally) from the Exe to the Dart. Such light winds, in fact, that the race ended early on a line from the Ore Stone to Hope's Nose. Interesting "inshore passage" for some of the route between Berry Head and Dartmouth. Overnight stay on a mooring in Dittisham.|
|River Exe Cafe||2018-04-08||Birthday treat at the River Exe Cafe
Tags: River Exe Cafe
|Work cycle ride||2017-07-25||Work and back|
|First Fulmar Outing||2017-04-01||Some fettling on Derek H's boat (re-attaching reefing lines etc) and then a quick outing along the Topsham part of the River Exe. Upwind under main and downwind under genoa. Lovely boat.|
|Starcross Steamer 2015||2015-03-15||First cycle ride in ages. To SYC and back again for a brief watch of the Starcross Steamer pursuit dinghy race.|
|Estuary sailing in the Wayfarer||2015-04-10||A near enough perfect spring breeze made for an ideal morning's sailing on the Exe Estuary. Maybe 12 to 14 knots of steady south to south easterly wind made for a great morning's sailing in the Wayfarer with Liz's brother Julian. Chose the right day to take off work for once!
The average speed isn't too bad but reduced a little by having to sail back up the estuary against the tides.
Tags: Exe estuary
|Lympstone and back||2017-07-23||Round to Lympstone and back with Liz. Liz's first time back on a bike for about a month.|
|Lympstone and back||2017-03-12||Round to Lympstone with Liz. Watched the channel to Lympstone being deepened. The port hand channel mark at the Turf shouldn't be relied upon by mariners - given that it sits on a mud back - see the photos.
Windy from the north.
Tags: Exe Extuary
|Paddle to the Pole Sands||2015-08-17||A paddle from Starcross to the Pole Sands making the most of the sunny almost windless weather. Scooby ran miles on the sands.|
|SYC trip to the beach cafe - by bike||2015-09-05||A first SYC organised cycle ride. From SYC on the west back round to the beach cafe at Exmouth on the east bank. Ten participants.|
|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.|
|Exe Regatta Committee boat||2016-07-16||On a rather nice Westerly acting as the Committee Boat for the catamaran racing of the 2016 Exe Regatta. Knowing nothing about dinghy racing, we were pulling up and down various flags at the request of the endlessly patient PK. No real idea what most of the flags meant and I suspect a very goodly proportion of the competitors don't (I think they just listen for the alternate sound signals). Still a very pleasant way to while away a Saturday afternoon on the Exe.|
|Bike ride to the Double Locks||2016-07-17||A bike ride along the Exe Estuary and canal to meet up with Rose and Midge for the first time in ages. Wobbled back along the cycle path and stopped at SYC for a quick view of the 2nd day of the Exe Regatta.|
|June sea breezes||2017-06-17||A splendid sail in the Wayfarer on the Exe Estuary. Drifted about for half an hour waiting for the sea breeze to kick in. When it did it was a splendid steady F4 to F4. Combined with neap tides, it made for a splendid sail. Liz helmed and we went to rescue a pair on a Topper that capsized and seemed to be filling with water. Luckily a passing rib helped as after we had a couple of goes we still hadn't found a spot on the Bull Sands where Liz could stand up in the water! Then went and had a look at the B14 event and got slightly in the way of one of the crews (oops - apologized later!).|
|Topper Open At SYC||2016-10-09||Junior Topper Open event at Starcross Yacht Club. Safety boat crew for the 4 back-to-back races for the 23 boats at this open sailing event. Decent winds all day between F2 and F4 from the north east. GPS battery ran out after only a couple of hours so most of the track is missing.|