Friday, 26 March 2021

Monday, 1 March 2021

Out with Joy Spring again

 A short sail after work today (actually smart working at home). The wind was a gusty shore wind , where gusts got mixed up even more by shore swirls ... had to be careful 'cause the water is still pretty cold!


Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Out with Joy Spring

Joy Spring is my Michael Storer designed Goat Island Skiff. A light, fun and very versatile boat that I enjoy sailing whenever I have the opportunity. Its lightnes and utter simplicity makes it ideal for a keen sailor like myself who happens not to have too much spare time .... The boat is launched by hand and rigged in minutes.
The day when this short video was taken, conditions were interesting. 25 knots onshore wind making launching and sailing off a stimulating challenge.
Good fun altogether!

Thursday, 4 June 2020

Out sailing....

I celebrated the end of the lockdown with a three day sail to the local Hyeres archipelago. We were two boats out sailing together, Astrid my own JW Pathfinder and Olis a friend's Goat Island Skiff. Sailed out heading east towards Porquerolles island beating into a stiff south east breeze. We stopped for the first night under our boom tents after sailing 26 miles in the bay of Giens. The following day we reached Porquerolles for a beach lunch, then headed back towards our bay close to Sanary. We overnighted under boom tents again close to the Paul Ricard islands, then spent the last day sailing in our usual waters. 60 miles altogether. The Pathfinder with its slightly increased yawl rig performed really well and was following very closely the light and fast GIS and often leading the way.

rounding  Cap Sicié

GIS on the horizon



Beating on code zero

Over there!

Thursday, 15 August 2019


Tavolara is the name of the spectacular island that dominates the bay where we usually sail when we are in Sardinia. It's a massive slab of rock , 600m high and 4 km long planted in the sea in an east/west orientation. It's height and morphology are such that the island dictates how the winds behave in the whole bay, that has been a marine protected area since about 20 years. It has also a beautiful sandy beach that gradually morphs into a white rocky mountain in the sea . It's a great destination for us also to go on land and explore by foot.

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Sardinia season kickoff

Our three weeks holiday in Sardinia kicked off today with the launch of "Astrid" at a small cove next to my family's house. It is just a narrow beach , accessible by car early in the morning or late afternoon.
Launching was a little but more complicated than usual due to the thick layer of dead posidonia stacked on the beach. Locals say that winter winds and storms dictate the dynamics of posidonia stacking on the beach. Some years I've found the cove completely clear, some others the opposite. I think it is going to be tough to get the boat out at the end of the season!

Saturday, 19 January 2019

Winter sailing

Our winter sailing is mostly enjoyed on our Goat Island Skiff "Joy Spring". It is light and quick to rig, we can cart it and launch it by hand on the slipway that is a few steps from our house. That allows us to catch every opportunity to go out for a sail whenever work, house works, family commitments, children activities and weather are all positively aligned.
Out with company ...

.. or just alone with "Joy Spring"