|Activity||Activity date||Activity description|
|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.|
|Exeter and back||2016-12-29||Into Exeter and back. Moving average a little disappointing given how hard I pedaled!|
|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|
|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||2016-11-27||Liz's first time back on the bike at the tail end of a two week lurgy.|
|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.|
|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||2017-03-04||A gentle wide into Exeter and back with Liz.|
|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.
Tags: Mill on the Exe
|Exeter and back||2017-12-04||A ride into Exeter and back with Liz|
|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!|
|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 bike ride||2021-10-20||Liz post work|
|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||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 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.|
|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 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||2017-03-10||Into Exeter and back. Average speed not too bad given that there was quite a strong headwind on the way back.|
|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||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||2017-10-07||Too windy for us to want to go sailing (F4 gusting F6) so Liz and I cycled into Exeter and back.|
|Exeter and back - 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||2016-12-18||Foggy ride into Exeter and back|
|Exeter and back||2017-12-23||Into Exeter and back with Liz|
|Exeter and back||2018-01-28||First time on the bike after the gears were mended. All good.|
|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 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||2017-02-06||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||2016-12-17||First ride in a fortnight - work and the weather put paid to the previous weekend.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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||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||2017-01-21||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||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||2017-04-16||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||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.|
|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||2018-02-16||Into Exeter and back with Liz. Straight into a headwind on the way home.|
|Exeter and back||2016-12-03||A windy ride into Exeter and back, Liz still in post lurgie mode.|
|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!|
|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
|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
|Channel Islands - Exe to Brixham||2012-06-01||A sail down from Starcross Yacht Club on the Exe to Brixham ready for an 0200 departure from Brixham to Guernsey. Average speed an estimate as GPS time data lost.|
|Exe paddling||2023-03-27||Down to the wreck of the South Coaster. First paddle after fitting new rudder to kayak. Worked just as well as hoped for - the weathercocking is vastly diminished - especially for wind on the aft quarter which used to make the kayak tiring to keep steady. Pleased because it was quite windy.|
|Work cycle ride||2017-06-23||In to Exeter and back. Stopped at SYC on the way back.|
|Second Wayfarer sail of the year||2017-04-14||A short sail in the Wayfarer. Sail somewhat shortened as replacing the forestay with a new one took longer than expected - the mousing line was shorter than the mast so we ended up with no stay or mousing line in the mast! Light winds so we practiced some on water reefing.|
|Scoobys second canoe trip||2012-09-08||Sccobys second canoe trip. To the Bull Sand and then down to the Warren. First trip out of his depth.|
|Beach Cafe dinghy cruise||2023-05-20||A downriver dinghy cruise. All sorts of wind - from absolutely nothing in the 4 knot tide past the Warren with the Tudor Rose approaching to a good F4 for the 2nd half of the trip back.|
|Exmouth and back||2017-07-30||Round to Exmouth and back. Stopped at the Turf Locks for a pint on the way back. And then another pint when Gerry H appeared. Quite a strong wind but mostly on the side until it moved to being dead on the nose after leaving the pub! The birds in the photos were by the Turf Locks. I thought they only "grouped up" like this just before they headed south for the winter and it's too early for that...|
|Exeter and back||2016-11-26||Another twenty miler into Exeter and back.|
|Car buying bike ride - part 1||2013-04-21||Bike ride into town to look for a new old car given that our Citroen has just dies with only 77k on the clock.|
|Down river paddle||2022-07-15||And just a little bit out to sea. Lovely day - hot but with a cooling sea breeze. Retrieved a kite surfers board after he had some minor difficulties.|
|Work cycle ride||2017-05-23||Into work and back. Not much wind which made it a bit easier.|
|Another twenty miler||2016-11-20||Well almost a twenty miler. The 2 inch rain fall in Exeter meant that the last part of the cycle path ride was under water. Hard work cycling in to the head wind that was the remnants of Storm Angus. Disappointing that the winds dropped away for the homeward leg - as shown by the drifting boats when stopping briefly at SYC.|
|Work cycle ride||2017-08-15||Work and back|
|Exe to Dartmouth||2013-06-08||An SYC cruiser race from the Exe Safe Water Mark to the entrance of the Dart at Dartmouth. Then up to Dittisham for the night moored up on a visitors buoy. I think I need a new GPS with a bit more memory as the start of this GPS track seems to have been lost as the available memory was overwritten by the next days sail down to Plymouth.|
|Work cycle ride||2017-05-12||Into and Exeter and back to work.|
|Monday afternoon on the Pole Sands||2013-07-15||A canoe trip from Cockwood Harbour to the Pole Sands off Exmouth. Scooby loved it.|
|Down river paddle||2023-08-09||Next to no wind and very little tide, so a quick down river paddle against the little incoming tide. A few photos of the boat that sank at the weekend and was raised yesterday - as well as a few of the posher yachts on the estuary.|
|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|
|Paddle round Pole Sands||2013-10-06||A paddle from Cockwood, out of the estuary and round the Pole Sands. There were even some little waves at times.|
|Countess Wear paddle||2021-04-20||From SYC up to the Countess Wear bridge on the Exe. A sea breeze filled in more than expected for mid April and the tides were only neaps so a fair old workout on the way back.|
|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.|
|Up river to Topsham Quay and back||2014-04-19||Second sail of the season up the Exe as far as Topsham Quay (where the winds got a little too light and fickle to go much further). A high tide sail so straight over "Greenland" on the way up.|
|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|
|Sail on Nigel's Dart||2014-07-14||Beach cafe and just a bit beyond on Nigel's Dart 18. A day of lulls and gusts. A max speed of 14.6 knots is just a bit faster than I'm used to with my Wayfarer|
|Sail on Nigel's Dart||2014-08-18||A decent wind (gusting maybe F5) for a storming sail on Nigel's Dart. Some excellent speeds with a top speed of over 17 knots - probably the fastest I've been under sail. Top stuff|
|Beach cafe sail||2023-09-29||Down to the Exmouth Beach Cafe with Malcolm B in his RS Vision. Gusts not as strong as forecasted but the wind was very shifty. Gorgeous chocolate ice cream at the Beach Cafe (sorry Scooby).|
|Work cycle ride||2017-09-26||First time back on the bike after two week summer hols - hard work.|
|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.|
|First SYC dinghy cruise of 2015||2015-04-25||An upriver dinghy cruise to start the 2015 season of SYC organised dinghy cruises. Pleasant wind - maybe F3|
|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.|
|Work cycle ride||2017-09-06||Work cycle ride|
|Starcross Steamer 2017||2017-02-05||Down to Starcross Yacht Club for the annual Starcross Steamer dinghy pursuit race. One hundred boats on the water.|
|Ore Stone and back - Chaos||2015-09-26||Trial SYC "race" from Exe safe water mark, round the Teignmouth outfall buoy, round the Ore Stone and back to the Exe SWM.
A really great day's sailing. Relaxed and sunny on the downwind leg to the Ore Stone and really good sailing on the upwind leg back to the Exe SWM. The wind moved round a little to the east on the way back making (for us) a straight line sail; pretty much all the way back.
The "Chaos" in the title refers the the race's putative title - "CHase Around the Ore Stone"
Tags: Exe SWM
|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.|
|Orcombe Point Paddling||2023-10-26||Around a low tide and out to (pretty much) Orcombe Point. Lovely late October day with little wind and a fairly big tide. The recent easterly storm has made quite dramatic changes to Bull Hill Bank.|
|To St Davids and back||2016-10-27||Slightly longer cycle ride today to make up for doing the last 2.5 miles yesterday by car (due to having broken three spokes on the rear wheel). So it was on the "spare bike" today which I hadn't ridden in about a decade. That's a Ridgeback Genesis Day 2. I stopped riding it as the estuary path used to be too rough for it. With the new cycle way its an ideal bike. At maybe a couple of stone lighter than the normal bike (with its panniers etc) and with no breeze at all, it felt like cheating. Keeping up with Liz was much easier than the last couple of time!|
|SYC to Topsham SC||2016-06-11||A paddle up the Exe from SYC to Topsham Sailing Club and back. First paddle of the year - a poor do indeed!|
|Squires Cup Safety Boat||2016-06-12||Safety boat for the Squires Cup racing for dinghies and cats on the Exe Estuary. Not a lot of wind so not much call for our services. Some rain at times.|
|Portland to SYC on the Exe||2019-05-25||
From Portland Harbour, round Portland Bill to Starcross Yacht Club on the Exe.
As ever, a rounding of Portland Bill by the inshore passage required careful planning. In our case, this meant that to get safe and helpful tides we had to be off the end of Portland Bill at 16:30 - a late start given the long sail to the Exe after the Bill.
As we left the excellent Portland Harbour there were fleets of Oppies and Toppers training. We then closed the Bill near Grove Point and the tide helped us speed down the 5 metre contour line to round the Bill. Again, we had the obelisk at the end of the Bill lined up with the red band on the lighthouse (meaning we'd be far enough off the rocks but - usually - not too far off to be in the race).
The biggest challenge - once again - was to avoid the swarms of tiny appallingly marked lobster pot buoys that appeared to be laid out like some minefield grid!
After passing Pulpit Rock on the west side, we started heading off towards the Exe. With the late start, this meant that we'd be going up the Exe in the dark. However, it also meant that we decided to sail in the light winds after it got too dark to see the lobster pots also scattered in Lyme Bay.
The trip up the Exe was OKish. The lights in the fairway are better than when I last did it in the dark - maybe three years ago - but there are still two unlit buoys (numbers 14 and 21 IIRC) in the Exe itself. Additionally there are a few large metal mooring buoys that encroach too far into the marked channel meaning a risk of a serious "ding" to a boat's gel coat without local knowledge and/or someone with a decent light on the front of the boat to spot them. Back on the mooring at SYC at 01:30.
|Commodore's Cruise||2017-07-29||The weather forecast was rubbish - no winds and heavy rain. Turned out to be a nice wind and only occasional rain.|
|Lympstone and back||2016-12-04||Round the Exe Estuary trail to Lympstone and back.|
|Another twenty miles||2016-10-26||Out with Liz for another cycle ride into Exeter and back. Trying to "power" up the bridge at Powderham, I broke 3 spokes on the rear wheel. So the last 2.5 miles are Liz alone as she went home to get the car to rescue me and the broken bike. That means the "reserve" bike tomorrow - the almost unridden Ridgeback Genesis Day Two.|
|Mackerel for tea||2016-07-18||A glorious summer sail on a Dart 18 with Nigel H. Caught some mackerel for the first time ever - a few hundred yards off the safe water mark. Blisteringly hot and light winds - ideal for a summer sail / drift|
|Summer Sail||2016-07-30||Went up river to about the Goat Walk and then back again. Liz did some helming for about the 3rd time in the 10 years we've been sailing on the Exe. Then some on water reefing practice and then back to SYC for the "Commodore's BBQ".|