|Activity||Activity date||Activity description|
|Topsham paddling||2020-05-25||After dropping off Derek H's tender on his mooring we headed up towards Topsham in the new kayak. We passed Derek coming down in his Fulmar - having just launched from Topsham Quay.|
|Topsham cycle ride||2020-08-05||No icecream|
|Topsham cycle ride||2020-07-29||Ice cream man wasn't there|
|Topsham cycle ride||2020-07-22||Round to Topsham for an ice cream on the Quay|
|Topsham cycle ride||2020-07-20||Round to Topsham. Saw Rose, Midge and Midge's mum at the Quay.|
|Topsham Paddling||2020-07-11||Up to the motorway bridge in the Sea Eagle kayak. A bit of exercise on the way back paddling against the sea breeze that came in|
|Topsham Cycle Ride||2020-06-25||Round to Topsham for the hottest day of the year. Paid "Topsham prices" for the first ice creams since lock down.|
|Post work Topsham cycle ride||2020-06-17||Round to Topsham. Some wind.|
|Topsham Cycle Ride||2020-06-15||Round to Topsham for coffee and chocolate brownies on the quay.|
|Topsham cycle ride||2020-08-12||Very hot - but no ice cream!|
|Topsham cycle ride||2020-05-18||After a couple of days of cycling hills, today was an easier ride round to Topsham on the somewhat quieter cycle path.|
|Short post work ride||2020-03-19||Up to the Topsham foot ferry with Liz after work.
Tags: Topsham foot ferry
|Topsham ferry cycle ride||2020-03-17||A sort, quick ride to Topsham Ferry - to get a ride in before Liz goes to work.
Would probably have broken 11 mph average if not stopping at Spar for provisions.
Tags: Topsham Ferry
|Boat fettling in Topsham||2020-03-16||Round to Topsham to help Derek H put sails and stuff back on his boat after the winter. Derek went up the mast - far braver than me.|
|Topsham cycle ride||2020-03-09||Round to Darts Farm. Stopped at Topsham Quay to see who was working on their boat and for coffee and a hot cross bun.|
|Topsham and Clyst St Mary||2020-11-22||Even though there was a persistent mizzle the cycle path was rammed with cyclists and dog walkers. So we went a little off piste to avoid the excesses of Topsham. Liz racked up 100 miles this week on her bike.|
|Launching Thalmia||2021-03-30||With Derek H as his Fulmar was launched from Topsham Quay on the highest tides of the year.
A lovely day so on out to sea. A bit of wind for some sailing. Lunch anchored at Sandy Bay where a couple of small dolphins came out to play.
Then some drifting waiting for enough rise of tide to come back in.
Plenty of sand / mud bank changes over the winter.
The port hand buoys in the swashway had breakign waves. The clearance coming up to buoy 3 was just 30 centimetres below the keel.
Then nudged sand banks at buoy 21 and just before SYC
Tags: Topsham Quay
|Topsham bike ride||2020-12-13||Topsham|
|Topsham bike ride||2020-12-09||Post Lizzie work bike ride|
|Topsham bike ride||2020-12-07||Via Dawlish Warren|
|Topsham bike ride||2020-12-03||Topsham|
|Topsham bike ride||2020-12-02||Post work round to Topsham. Fairly windy.|
|2020th mile in 2020||2020-11-27||And Liz's 2nd 100 mile week in a row.|
|Darts Farm boot shopping||2020-01-20||Round to Darts Farm and Topsham with Liz to buy some new walking boots.|
|Topsham cycle ride||2020-11-18||Post work cycle ride|
|Windy ride to Topsham||2020-11-11||At least Liz claimed itw as windy. May have been the odd white crest on the waves on the estuary.|
|Lympstone bike ride||2020-10-29||Round to Lympstone with Liz for a flask of coffee and some biccies. Then back to Topsham to help Derek H moor up at Trouts.|
|Topsham cycle ride||2020-10-08||Post work round to Topsham cycle ride|
|Topsham cycle ride||2020-09-24||Post work cycle ride round to Topsham|
|Topsham ride||2020-09-21||Monday ride to catch up on some miles|
|Topsham cycle ride||2020-08-22||Round to Topsham for a coffee|
|Last time on Amelie?||2016-10-15||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|
|Thalmia moored at SYC||2017-04-06||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!|
|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.|
|Topsham and back||2017-02-26||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.|
|1000th mile!||2017-02-24||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.|
|Lympstone and back||2017-02-04||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.|
|Boxing day ride||2016-12-26||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.|
|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!|
|Up river sail||2016-10-22||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 to buoy 45||2017-08-19||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.|
|A tale of two ferries||2016-08-14||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 paddle of 2015||2015-06-07||Up the Exe stuary to Topsham and under the motorway bridge.|
|Up river - twice||2014-08-31||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 river sail||2014-08-16||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.
Tags: Topsham Quay
|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.|
|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.|
|Liz, Jill and Ben stroke Agas||2013-07-05||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||2012-04-28||A trip up river to the Goat Walk before the weekend gales came in|
|Topsham and back||2017-10-27||Round to Topsham to help Derek take the sails of his Fulmar|
|2200 miles cycled this year||2017-12-30||With the start of Storm Dylan bringing in some winds, I cycled just far enough to reach 2200 miles in 2017 (and far enough to prove I'd finally fixed the slow puncture that had been giving me grief).
Tags: Topsham Ferry
|Fulmar fettling||2018-03-06||Round to Topsham to help Derek H with putting bits and pieces back on his Westerley Fulmar.|
|Fulmar Fettling In Topsham||2018-03-24||Round to Topsham to help Derek with a few end of winter jobs on his Westerly Fulmar|
|Tospham cycle ride||2018-03-25||Round to Topsham.with LIz. Had a drink and watched some boats. Back via SYC. Had a drink and watched some boats.|
|Canoe to Topsham||2018-05-05||A paddle in the Canadian canoe from SYC up past Topsham to just a bit beyond the motorway bridge. Stopped at the Turf Locks to watch some yachts coming out from their winter quarters.|
|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!|
|Topsham||2018-05-13||Round to Topsham with Liz. Sat on the quay and watched the Tudor Rose try and dock.|
|Topsham cycle ride||2018-12-22||Round to Topsham with Liz|
|Boat fettling at Topsham||2019-03-18||Round to Topsham to help Derek H fit the main sail and new mailsail cover to his Fulmar, Then on to Brooks Basics for bits and pieces for Liz's pallets based compost bins.|
|Thalmia launched||2019-04-06||Thalmia was craned in at Topsham Quay and then we went for a quick sail just out past the fairway buoy. The wind was up and down a lot. From nothing in the estuary to about 23 knots out at sea.|
|Up river sail||2019-08-24||Out in the Wayfarer for an up river sail at the top of a very neapy tide. Near enough perfect wind. F3 - maybe occasionally a F4. Then out for a quick jaunt across the river in Richard F's Comet Versa.|
|Thalmia to Topsham||2019-10-16||Up to Trouts at Topsham on Thalmia ready for her winter lift out.|
|Round to Topsham||2019-11-25||Coffee on the Quay at Topsham. Another puncture on the Estuary cycle track - at almost exactly the same spot I had a blowout about a month ago! Popped in to SYC to see why the gate was open - ongoing maintenance.|