I am currently thinking of updating and revising 'The Winklebrig Book' and would like to add a bigger section on cruising grounds. I will be giving some information on my knowledge of the UK's south east coast (Ipswich-Southwold), the Norfolk Borads, and the festivals at Venice, Morbihan, Brest and Douarnanez, but it would be really good to include some of your favourite haunts. As well as the sailing attractions, I will be incorporating things like where to launch, where to park, where to anchor, good pubs and anything else of peripheral interest (eg places to visit nearby).
If any of you would like to make a contribution to the book, if you post your pieces in the sailing section of the website I will pick them up there. I would love to hear about David Cawston's visits to Ireland and his canal voyages. It would be great to hear from our Dutch friends about sailing in Holland. The UK's south coast and Scotland would also be fascinating.
Look forward to reading your postings if you are interested.
'Winkle' will be going on the market shortly. After 15 years of sailing adventure (mostly single handed), I have decided the time has come to pass her onto younger hands.
'Winkle' and her trailer have been extensively modified for long distance and more challenging trips, and she turns heads wherever she goes. She was bought as a standard high peaked gaff rig and converted to lug rig, although all the original sails and spars for easy reversion to original rig are included.
Amongst many other minor improvements, the following modifications have been made:-
1. Replacement extended bowsprit with larger jib and a staysail. Twin bobstays. Roller furling. 2. Chain locker with 20 metres of chain. Bronze deck pipe. 3. Second set of shrouds and optional running backstays. 4. Brass Navigation lights and 12 volt battery, charged by Totatsu 6hp (4 stroke petrol). Separate 12 litre fuel tank in converted rear ventilated fuel locker. 5. Teak strip hatch cover and rear locker covers. 6. Replacement extra wide teak rubbing strakes. 7. Two additional cockpit lockers. 8. Sprayhood. 9. Oak transom beam. 10. Stainless steel guard rail and pushpit. 11. Mizzen mast with reefable lugsail and bumkin. 12. Auxiliary engine transom bracket. 13. Auxiliary electric Torqeedo engine unused. (Price subject to negotiation if required). 14. Avon Redcrest tender with oars and pump. 15. Yuloh sculling oar. 16. Mahogany rudder stock with retracting aluminium rudder blade. 17. Cabin converted to two comfortable berths and built-in (dry) toilet. Water storage (20 litres), food and clothing lockers. Teak cutlery/crockery/wine rack storage. Gimballed Brass oil lamp. Clock and antique barometer. 18. Trailer:- Roller coaster 7 with keel rollers and 3 pairs of rollers each side on swing beam with stainless steel spindles. 3x 950kg tyres new last year. Extra long jockey wheel for elevating for launching. Spare wheel. 19. Launching device for car tow hook for shallow slipways if required.
'Winkle' is in good condition for her age having been wintered in a barn and annually 'buffed up' for her appearances at various European Festivals. (Venice, Morbihan, Brest, Duarnanez, and Wales). Locally I have sailed most of the East Coast rivers and estuaries and in my opinion 'Winkle' provides the perfect touring vessel both on and off the road.
She is a fine little ship, all ready to take her new owner safely on their next adventure together.
Have just returned from a wonderful week's sailing and festivities in Brittany.
A huge fleet of mainly traditional boats sail down the coast from the Brest festival to Douarnanez where there is another week of festivities. I have previously attended the Brest Festival which is a bit big and impersonal for my liking, but Douarnanez is lovely. It provides a dockside setting for the festivities and the huge bay is ideal for reasonably sheltered open sea sailing. It is extremely well organised, huge fun and highly recommended to Winklebriggers.
I took the car ferry to St Malo and towed Winkle the 4 hours to Douarnanez which is a wonderful old Sardine fishing community (albeit with a chequered past and the scars to prove it), which really goes to town to welcome over 1000 skippers and crews mainly from France and Britain.
Here are three links which give a flavour of the affair (the last one is the fleet's trip from Brest to Douarnanez which I did not participate in due to shortage of time but which would be a terrific sail one year).
For anyone interested, the Brest festival is every four years and the Douarnanez one is every two years.