Friday, October 23, 2020


 The thoughts will be your own as you reflect on this photograph and the video (below).

Thursday, October 15, 2020

_______________ WILLIAM ATKIN DESIGNED ERIC JUNIOR _______________

 "The principal dimensions of this new double ender are as follows: L.O.A. 25 feet, 2 inches; L.W.L. 21 feet, 6 inches; breadth 7 feet, 7 inches; draft 4 feet, 0 inches. The freeboard at the stem is 2 feet, 11 1/2 inches, at the stern 2 feet, 2 inches, and at the lowest point, 1 foot, 7 3/4 inches. The displacement is 7,000 pounds. There will be 3,400 pounds of iron ballast on the keel and a matter of 200 pounds inside. So you see this Eric Jr. (Design) is a little boat. But what a lovely little ship to sail."  - Designer William Atkin  (Circa 1940)
If you want to know more about the 'Eric Junior' design you can read about this boat here: 
In this Utube video (below) the boat and sails look as though they require a bit of work and the videoing does the job in a shaky rudimentary kind of way - But the song requires no work at all; especially the last line:
 "When you lose yourself you find the key to paradise". 

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

__________________ SAILING PRACTISE FOR 49'NERS __________________

 This is Olympic Gold Medal champions and Americas Cup Winners Peter Burling and Blair Tuke sailing their Olympic class 49'ner.

The link below takes you to a training regime for 49'ners that is used by a couple of members of the Pigeon Bay Boating Club on Banks Peninsula, South Island, New Zealand. 

Why the crew is wearing white underpants is anyones guess.

Click the link below and don't forget to switch the sound on (bottom right) to get the combined technicolour and stereophonic effect.