Exploring in the Isles of Scilly

Exploring in the Isles of Scilly

From August the 20th to September the 13th we have been busy sailing groups back and forth to the Isles of Scilly. We have had some epic sails in challenging seas and some in flat fast waters. We have been blessed as usual with plenty of sun, dolphins, rainbows and magic. Grayhound is a regular sight in the islands and the locals are getting to know us. Grayhound of course looks timeless infront of such unspoilt scenery, it really is a artists dream out there. We have had our usual summer holiday groups. Some individuals, couples and of course our families who make these voyages for us. We have been buying most of our veggies,fruit, meat and dried stores from the local Cusgarne organic farm . To us it has improved our quality of life and what scrummy meals we have enjoyed. I have enjoyed cooking more because of it and i think our customers like the change. We hope to carry on with this next year. The photos speak volumes. We enjoy our sailing out to the islands and then get stuck into exploring once we are there. We were lucky to catch the lunar low tide party on Tresco too. The Isles of Scilly are so unspoilt and easy going. Island hopping is the thing to do once there so travelling on a boat is ideal. There is something for everyone. Thank you to everyone for coming and sharing our summer holiday with us. Another magic year gone by...

Sailing up the River Loire

We left Doaurnenez  at 16.00 on the high tide on the 8th of August. We had at great meal at Emily’s restaurant in Douarnenez ,  all organic produce and beautifully cooked ! We left with wine samples for restaurants in Nantes, the crew labelled the wine samples we stocked up on bread and veg and headed south for the Raz de Sein. This is a passage through the rocks off Chaussee de Sein and important to go through it with the tide. We had both wind and tide favourable at 20.55 we were through heading 100 degrees towards Isle de Houat. The moring bought a beautiful sunrise, flat seas and wind it could not be better sailing. Hot too ! We anchored off Houat island (similar feel to Herm or Sark in the Channel Islands) for a quick swim and row ashore. We had dinner on deck and set sail again that evening . We had to be at the river Loire entrance by 05.00 in the morning to get the full tide up to Nantes. The first bridge we went under was the Nazaire bridge to a small river side village called Paimbouef. Here we sailed onto the pontoon and delivered some wine samples to restauranteur Stefan. The River Loire has a very different feel to our South UK coastal rivers, it is hot down there, the water is brown and it has a almost jungle or West African coast feel to it…we kept expecting to see hippos…….it was really quite exciting to be somewhere new 20 miles up a river , hot, hot weather and small home built...

Third ale run of the year from Plymouth to Brittany 300 cases of organic ale.

Our third ale run of the year. We loaded in Sutton harbour Plymouth 150 cases of Avocet organic ale and 150 cases of Atlantic ale from Atlantic brewery another organic ale from a Newquay brewery. Grayhound crew are shown here warping Grayhound into the harbour for loading and handloading onboard before setting sail for Brittany After loading the cases of ale, we left sutton Harbour at 17.15 through the lock. With a SSW breeze and a forecast not favourable to round the Uschant we decided to cross channel with the good wind we had a make landfall in France then work our away along the coast with the forecasted southerly winds in the coming days. We made a very speedy crossing in 12 hours reaching the coast. Some light wind and slop slowed us and we were running against the tide but not losing way. We continued to sail west along the coast all the next day, it was slow progress and difficult swells made it hard. This is where the temptation to use the engine was strong but we are a sail cargo ship and must dance with the winds and be patient. For what is the rush ? We are all here to sail and no strict deadlines allows us to do this at last sailing for sailing sake ! We rounded Ushant and decided to take the outer route but then the wind changed to the SW and we headed back into the Channel du four and the wind and tide slooshed us south thank you wind for going west and the tides matching our needs. A happier...

July ale run ship’s log

Log The team loaded the organic ale in Brixham inner harbour with Alan Collyer Exeter brewery owner lending a hand. Took 45 mins to load 3 tonnes of ale. Brixham harbour super helpful.  Crew of 6 onboard small but strong, James Stewart freelance journalist also aboard writing an article for the Sunday Times travel supplement, writing about working holidays this time sailing cargo ! Light easterly breeze we set off out of harbour then sailed into sloppy easterly seas. Could not make any way south, easterly slop too powerful so sailed into Dartmouth for the night. Next day sailed to Plymouth for anchorage waiting for westerly wind. Maintenance day, lots of rain ! Music instruments out and singing, lots of food. Towed in under sail a small day fishing boat who had run out of petrol just outside the Plymouth sound breakwater. Sailed him into Mayflower marina and back out onto anchor ….. Dolphin following us in too. 3rd July up very early to catch the wind , everything up including t’gallants on anchor sailed off the anchor and out into the Channel. Course heading 200 degrees, good breakfast coffee and eggs. Happy crew. 49 58 950 N 004 20 315W steering 220 degrees speed 8.5 knots wind continued to a beautiful easterly force 4 steady through the night. Watches started immediately. 15.54 UT speed 7.2 knots 049 10.318 N 005 01.092 W Tacked at 20.54 UT. 48 47.795 N 005 02.742 W Flat seas and SW breeze tacking up the Channel du Four. 02.54 UT 4th July 05.15 UT SW force 4 passing La Parquette breakfast beautiful day...

Grayhound and Fairtransport unite

RETURN OF SAIL “Fleet of cargo sailing ships unites under Fairtransport flag.” Brigantine Tres Hombres made her maiden voyage in 2009 to the climate conference in Copenhagen. Since then, year after year she has been sailing down to the West indies and up to Europe, hauling  precious cargoes of cacao, coffee, tea, rum, spices and more. Leaving in her wake: no emissions, and just the wind, for the next ship to use…  Now, those next ships are here, and being united. Since last year the beautifull newly built lugger Grayhound is trading with cargo, the famous cargo schooner Avontuuris being refitted in Germany as we speak and the ancient (built in 1873) wooden trawler Nordlys is making ready to set sail with cargo again, this summer. The owners of all these ships have now officially agreed to unite under and be promoted by the flag of Fairtransport. This agreement is one of the final outcomes of meetings in Falmouth with several shipowners, cargo owners, agents and brokers, where both Grayhound and Tres Hombres where docked together earlier this year. Concretely it will mean that Fairtransport shipping will coordinate the cargo jobs she is offered, between the different ships. This will finally make it possible for cargo owners to be served in a wider area of operations. Tres Hombres will take care of trans Atlantic shipments. Grayhound is destinied for a variable trading area reaching from the English Channel troughout the coastlines of the whole Atlantic ocean region. Avontuur is bound for Australia and will take cargoes to all destinations in between.Nordlys will be trading in all coastal routes in European waters. All parties involved are excited to work together. Freya Hart of Grayhound is explaining: “Onboard Grayhound we are...

Our three masted rig shows off in Brixham

The three masted lugger out in Torbay this bank holiday weekend. Under full sail Grayhound is handled by a crew of 10 adults during the heritage regatta in Brixham and Brixfest 2015. Grayhound won 1st prize in her class . Grayhound is using Brixham this summer as her cargo loading port. Six times from April to October Grayhound crosses the channel with cargo under sail as part of the sailing cargo alliance. She can carry up to 4.5 tonnes down in her hold and 750kg on deck. Grayhound sails with up to five cargo crew, and four permanent crew. Cargo crew are expected to muck in with ship chores, stand watches and get fully involved in the sailing of the ship. It is very satisfying to be sailing cargo around these waters with a like minded group of people. Our nest cargo delivery loads in Brixham on the 30th of june 2015. Cargo crew can join for a week or two at £600 per week all food inclusive.  Email us to find out more about it !...
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