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Search: Posts Made By: LynW
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 10-01-2008
Replies: 10
Views: 1,640
Posted By LynW
What's wrong with a really small spinnaker if you...

What's wrong with a really small spinnaker if you are cruising shorthanded? Doesn't need a lot of twitching, easy to recover, but still keeps the boat moving when a genoa would just be flapping...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 09-28-2008
Replies: 14
Views: 1,944
Posted By LynW
I did two ocean passages as crew before taking my...

I did two ocean passages as crew before taking my own boat. I can really recommend that.

Ocean sailing is a little different from coastal and needs more careful preparation, but with GPS isn't...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 09-26-2008
Replies: 16
Views: 2,346
Posted By LynW
I'm basing what I say on mainly the rules for UK,...

I'm basing what I say on mainly the rules for UK, but it will be the same for Spain, France, Germany and most other EC countries.

As a US citizen normally resident in the USA, you will not need a...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 09-24-2008
Replies: 16
Views: 2,346
Posted By LynW
For Holland, this site...

For Holland, this site (http://marinas.com/browse/marina/NL/) has a comprehensive directory of marinas.

Other than the internet, the 'bible' for people cruising north-west Europe is Reeds...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 09-23-2008
Replies: 16
Views: 2,346
Posted By LynW
You don't mention Holland but that is worth...

You don't mention Holland but that is worth considering. The better marinas in Spain, France and Belgium (also UK) are quite expensive.

Holland, away from the coast (eg on the old estuaries in...
Forum: herSailNet 09-13-2008
Replies: 127
Views: 26,018
Posted By LynW
I occasionally single-hand our 38' Roberts - but...

I occasionally single-hand our 38' Roberts - but why? Far more fun for two (or more).

Not too hard out in the open, but tricky going into marinas. A slightly panicky girlie voice on the VHF asking...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 09-13-2008
Replies: 19
Views: 1,518
Posted By LynW
It does look as if we might be getting some...

It does look as if we might be getting some protection at long last, see
Sail-World.com : New: Coalition Warships to Focus on Pirates...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 09-13-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 728
Posted By LynW
Whichever side you sail keep well clear of the...

Whichever side you sail keep well clear of the central shipping lanes regardless of whether there is a TSS in that area or not. Essentially that means, sail fairly close in to one side or the other*...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 09-08-2008
Replies: 46
Views: 13,469
Posted By LynW
US <-> Cuba

Provided you are not a US citizen/resident, and in a non US-flagged yacht, in my experience last year you can sail between US and Cuba.

The easiest passage is Key West to Havana, normally a reach...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-15-2008
Replies: 172
Views: 14,288
Posted By LynW
I can only speak from my own experience. Here's...

I can only speak from my own experience. Here's my most extreme anchoring experience.

Many years ago we ran a 26ft sailboat aground onto an exposed offshore sandbank. It was our first outing in a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-15-2008
Replies: 172
Views: 14,288
Posted By LynW
Useful post. But I disagree with you regarding...

Useful post. But I disagree with you regarding this photo. This CQR has its point buried down and is well set, probably driven in as hard as can be achieved by motoring in reverse. It will not shift...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 07-15-2008
Replies: 31
Views: 3,655
Posted By LynW
You can have the first three certainly. Add a...

You can have the first three certainly. Add a sturdy rudder and rig to your wish-list. But as for an infallible autopilot .... if you find one please let me be the first to know!

With the first...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 07-13-2008
Replies: 31
Views: 3,655
Posted By LynW
I've done Norfolk VA -> La Coruna (Spain), via...

I've done Norfolk VA -> La Coruna (Spain), via Azores.

Yes, Jimmy Cornell is a 'must read', but its not difficult to plan. The best time of year is May-June. You need to reach the Azores by July,...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 07-13-2008
Replies: 17
Views: 2,676
Posted By LynW
I spent three weeks there April before last. A...

I spent three weeks there April before last. A nice spot, very friendly, good seafood. I don't recall it cost anything to anchor (tho' despite its size the anchorage was rather crowded - a few boats...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 04-22-2008
Replies: 34
Views: 4,688
Posted By LynW
There's two lots of 'heading north'. I did...

There's two lots of 'heading north'. I did Marathon FL -> New York this time last year, and had a great time.

This year we are doing the other one, starting from Anacortes WA northwards next...
Forum: Learning to Sail 04-20-2008
Replies: 17
Views: 2,485
Posted By LynW
Pity its the Columbia River, going out to sea is...

Pity its the Columbia River, going out to sea is so all-or-nothing. Better to start with would be somewhere like the
Juan de Fuca Straight, where the transition is more gradual.

On a calm day it...
Forum: Learning to Sail 04-20-2008
Replies: 7
Views: 5,418
Posted By LynW
Yes , Giulietta is totally right, its not just...

Yes , Giulietta is totally right, its not just Biscay but the passages at Ushant, Cape Finesterre and Gib that can all be tricky on occasion. You've enough experience to hack this, but not yet as...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-19-2008
Replies: 64
Views: 8,513
Posted By LynW
Then there was "Swallows and Amazons", (dir...

Then there was "Swallows and Amazons", (dir Claude Whatham, UK, 1974), a made-for-TV film of the Arthur Ransome book about a children's sailing holiday. Pretty and atmospheric, very true to the book,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-16-2008
Replies: 24
Views: 1,721
Posted By LynW
My other half thinks a very special sort of...

My other half thinks a very special sort of yachting adventure holiday for trigger-happy rednecks could be organised along these lines ... :rolleyes:
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-16-2008
Replies: 43
Views: 5,253
Posted By LynW
As the one time officer responsible for flag...

As the one time officer responsible for flag permits (warrants) of a Royal YC in England, I can confirm the correctness of Idiens four answers.

While no-one will say anything, nevertheless many...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-16-2008
Replies: 39
Views: 2,394
Posted By LynW
Its amazing how steep the rise has been. Towards...

Its amazing how steep the rise has been. Towards the end of 2004, shortly before we left England, I filled our tanks with red diesel at Limehouse Basin in London at just 24p a litre, equivalent to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-08-2008
Replies: 80
Views: 5,275
Posted By LynW
A yacht making a mid-latitude W to E Atlantic...

A yacht making a mid-latitude W to E Atlantic crossing at almost any time of year is likely to hit winds of 35kts somewhere en route. I know accepted wisdom is not to actually set off in a bad...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-08-2008
Replies: 64
Views: 8,513
Posted By LynW
No mention yet of my favourite (nor is it in the...

No mention yet of my favourite (nor is it in the collection of John's Sailing Movies): "Knife in the Water" (dir. Roman Polanski, Poland, 1963, BW). A direct forerunner and better than Dead Calm, the...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 04-04-2008
Replies: 3
Views: 1,348
Posted By LynW
Thanks Valiente, one book that's a real...

Thanks Valiente, one book that's a real must-have. I'm still on the 3rd ed so will look out for the new one.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-04-2008
Replies: 72
Views: 4,390
Posted By LynW
For a while I had -9 rep points (for saying I'd...

For a while I had -9 rep points (for saying I'd seen US flagged yachts in Havana last year). Are any sanctions imposed if your minus score gets too large?
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