Author: Chris

A professional seafarer in command of large sailing ships, I have ambitions to make a living somehow from writing in order to fund my serious sailing habit. So far it's not going that well. In the meantime I spend all my money maintaining my gaff ketch, Meander, and not maintaining a weird cottage on the Isle of Seil.

Lakes, waterfalls and the capital

After a good night’s rest alongside in Midvagur, we rose at a respectable time the following morning with a favourable forecast for the forenoon to walk out along the side of Lake Sørvagsvatn behind the town.  The unusual thing about the lake is its proximity to the sea, and the fact that it empties over…

By Chris July 12, 2015 0

Hurtling southward once more

One of the features of cruising to and in the Faroes is that one has to take quite seriously the problem of getting home again.  Therefore when one has a forecast for two days of northerly winds, it would be a fool who did not take up the opportunity to sail South, if that is…

By Chris July 12, 2015 0

Nobody said it would be easy

After a couple of nights’ recovery time in Tvøroyri, it was time once again to move on.  Passage planning in the Faroes revolves very much around the diktats of the “Red Scare Book”, or to use its catchier Faroese title, the “Streymkort fyri Føroyar”.  Essentially this is a tidal atlas, and once you have worked…

By Chris July 3, 2015 0

Passage to the Faroes

I left you after my last post in Stornoway, having somewhat breathlessly updated you on our activities so far in our mission to reach the Faroe Islands. I am happy to tell you that we have now achieved our objective, and lie alongside the quay wall in Tvoroyri, capital “city” of the island of Suduroy,…

By Chris July 1, 2015 0

Northward bound

So I’ve been a little bit quiet over the past week or so, since I left Lord Nelson in Liverpool.  There is no particular reason for this – I just haven’t got round to writing a blog post yet.  That, as you will by now be more than aware, is about to change. I got…

By Chris June 26, 2015 0

Meander gets her bottom wet again – at last!

In the chilly hours of the early (-ish) morning on Monday 4th May, Loch Creran sea life once again tasted the fresh coat of antifouling on Meander’s bottom, as she floated for the first time since September 2013.  Following the usual checks for water coming in where it shouldn’t (it didn’t), Peter the Beta started…

By Chris May 12, 2015 0

Light at the end of the tunnel

As with my last post, I write having recently returned from the wilds of Argyll and Bute after another successful week’s work on Meander’s latest little refit.  Again I had the company of my parents, Lyn and John, and also we were joined this time by a newcomer to Meander’s life, Brandt Steyn.  Brandt is…

By Chris January 9, 2015 0

Meander refit Mk 2 Part 3

A long-overdue update for you all… I spent 10 days in Barcaldine just recently to progress the installation of the new engine and continue with the coachroof repairs.  When I left the boat in August, I had just managed to start the laborious process of fairing the repairs to the top of the coachroof using…

By Chris October 15, 2014 0

Meander refit Mk 2 Part 2. Or something.

Apologies to my reader for what seems to have been a prolonged absence from the ether, at least in this format. What can I say? I’ve been busy. I returned south from Barcaldine last week, after what ended up being a very productive time. I managed to get the coachroof of Meander to a state…

By Chris August 14, 2014 0

Meander refit Mk 2 Part 1

It has been a while since I wrote anything, so I thought I’d give you all a quick update on what I have been doing with Meander since I got back from Foreign a few weeks ago (we no longer speak the name of that country where there has been some football going on recently).…

By Chris July 16, 2014 0