|Boxing day ride
||Round to Lympstone and back. A pleasant amble. Stopped quite a few times. First seeing Ann B in Lympstone on the cycle path. Hadn't seen Ann for quite a few years. Then stopped at woman sprawled in the road in Topsham. Not drunk (as Liz assumed!) but had twisted her Ugg booted ankle in a deep pot hole. Then spotted Caroline and Nigel on the road back from Starcross Yacht Club.
|Topsham and back
||Round to Topsham to help Derek H put some lines back on his Fulmar.
Met up with Liz on the way back and stopped at SYC for a bit. Windy - very windy on the way back.
|Lympstone and back
||A cycle ride with Liz round to Lympstone. Stopped at Topsham and Derek gave Liz a tour of Thalmia. Stopped at SYC on the way back - the club was starting to fill up with boats ahead of tomorrow's Starcross Steamer.
The photos show the rather sad sight of the old Finnish navy motor torpedo boat - for so long moored in the canal - sunk on her moorings.
||Round to Lympstone and back brought up the thousandth mile of cycling since I started cycling again in mid October i.e. 4 months ago.
Fairly strong head wind from the north slowed things down a bit. Stopped in Topsham for a chat with Derek H who was working on his Fulmar.
|First paddle of 2015
||Up the Exe stuary to Topsham and under the motorway bridge.
|Thalmia moored at SYC
||Helping Derek put Thalmia on her mooring at SYC for the first time. In fact, when I missed getting the pick up on to the cleat, we proved that Derek can moor her OK single handed anyway!
|The not-Topsham sail
||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.
|A tale of two ferries
||Up to buoy 45 at Topsham (off the Goat Walk) passing the Topsham to Turf ferry and then down to Starcross (to the Starcross to Exmouth ferry pier). Then round the floating cafe and back to SYC.
A gorgeous day's sailing. A strong F3 up near Topsham and one of those rare days that it was warm enough to sail without a spray top. Marvelous.
|First Fulmar Outing
||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.
|Last time on Amelie?
||Helping take Derek H's Sadler 26 up to its winter quarters in Topsham - via Trouts Boatyard pontoon.
Could be the last time on Amelie as Derek is thinking of a possible change to a Westerly Fulmar
|Up river sail
||A very pleasant up river sail as far as Topsham Sailing Club. Between F2 and F4 in the estuary but died away to very little when going up the estuary. With the tide having turned, we didn't get much furtehr than TSC.
|Up river to Topsham Quay and back
||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.
|Liz, Jill and Ben stroke Agas
||Liz, Jill and Ben cycle to Darts Farm and lust after the Aga cookers. Jills son probably not so impressed. Back via Topsham.
Average speed severely affected by taking GPS with them when Aga stroking.
Rather unbelievable max speed generated when Liz heads towards the till mistakenly believing she can actually aford an Aga.
|Up river to the Goat Walk
||A trip up river to the Goat Walk before the weekend gales came in
|Up river sail
||First time out on the Wayfarer for quite some time.
The wind didn't manage the promised F3 / F4 and we ran out of wind trying to get past Topsham.
A seal popped its head out the water about 10 yards away from us and watched us sail by the Turf. Liz would have taken a photo but was too preoccupied trying to retrieve the Double Decker she'd dropped down the centre board casing.
Pleasant sail/drift in the autumn sun.
|Up river - twice
||A lovely sunny day. Wayfarer sail up river and then up river again. Winds got a bit light going up the Exe towards Topsham and the Clyst so just sailed round and round.
|Up to buoy 45
||Quite a "feisty" sail as the weather did pretty much what was forecast - which was F4 gusting F5. They were fairly big gusts on the way out. Ran aground near the Turf Locks - whoops - and mutinous crew made the captain get out and push us off.
|Weymouth to Topsham
||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!