pilot cutter racing

Pilot Cutters Racing in the Solent

On 25 April these amazing Pilot Cutters meet in Yarmouth IOW for a weekend of racing. The famous 1913 Fastnet winning Jolie Brise will be there as well as the South coast Pilot Cutters. Annabel J has won this event in the past. We have just 2 places left on Annabel J so don’t delay book your place now. See http://www.annabel-j.co.uk/classic-yacht-charter/yacht-charter-schedule for dates and prices. Don’t forget to bring your camera as this event is quite a spectacle.

Regards
Phil Cogdell and Ian Standish
Skippers – Annabel J

Tel: 07766 138288 or 0800 7999 180

Email: info@annabel-j.co.uk

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During last weekend, one of our guests decided to put his thoughts into a poem which he has kindly given me permission to share with you. as follows:

Oh—Annabel J

Is this Annabel– who gives us Joy?

Or Annabel, who creates in us jealousy?

For her beautiful lines and bountiful gifts,

As we sail on waters grey and cold,

While longing for those, blue and balmy.

Our crew so randomly gathered from places

Afar and disparate in our maritime realm,

Who experience such tremulous thoughts as we join.

Are we alike or opposed, can we possibly  combine?

To mix so closely, as to completely entwine

Our hopes and our lives, and even our bodies

In her shapely, her commodious,  her bosomly embrace.

Yes, after only one day, one very long day.

Sailing an amazing and very long voyage

In sea time a life of enriching experience,

Which on land would be a mere nothing by car.

Our realm is mysterious and depends upon experience.

A skipper  quiet and  wise who knows how to contain

Our anxieties, in  calm and established routine,

And a crew by his side who patiently show

Us the ropes up above and comforts within

As we struggle to sail and then enjoy life below.

Life is mysterious and on sea even more so.

Thank gods like old Neptune for buoying us up

In this life of adventure on Annabel J.

Richard Varian Buckland.

 

Regards
Phil Cogdell and Ian Standish
Skippers – Annabel J

Tel: 07766 138288 or 0800 7999 180

Email: info@annabel-j.co.uk

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scilly Isles sailing holidays

scilly Isles sailing holidays

In June and July Annabel J sails from Falmouth in Cornwall to the Scilly Isles.  We have 6 day and 1 x 8 day voyage.

The Scilly Isles is one of those ‘must do before you die’ places to visit.  It is amazing that just a short sail from the south coast we have these beautiful tropical isles with white sandy beaches and turquois sea.

We sail along the stunning Cornish coast to arrive in the Scilly Isles early evening at our first anchorage.  While we are there you will get plenty of time to explore ashore and we will move to different anchorages, sailing amongst the stunning islands.  Our Skipper is an expert in finding the Puffins and Seals and on the way we will sail very close to the rocks to give you a chance to see them.

With there being no light pollution, at night the stars are amazing to see and sleeping on deck under the stars always proves popular.

Click on the following link to see prices and dates and to reserve your place http://www.annabel-j.co.uk/classic-yacht-charter/yacht-charter-schedule

Remember, these voyages are always popular so don’t delay, book now!

Use the following voucher ref. when you book to get a £50 discount: Scilly 2014 £50 discount *

See our web site for more information www.annabel-j.co.uk

Regards
Phil Cogdell and Ian Standish
Skippers – Annabel J

Tel: 07766 138288 or 0800 7999 180

Email: info@annabel-j.co.uk

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*only available if you book with us directly

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Our winter refit period will shortly be over and we are looking forward to another exciting summer sailing. Why not join us for a lovely sailing holiday to the Channel Isles, the stunning Scilly Isles or maybe a weekend taster in the Solent and Poole area. Take a look at our schedule on http://www.annabel-j.co.uk

After watching David Dimbleby and his Gaff rigged boat Rocket go through the Crinan canal it has prompted me to describe our day of adventure through the said waterway.Moored up in East Loch Tarbert overnight we departed at 07:00 for the sail up to Ardrishaig, the eastern end of the canal. An un eventful passage saw us arrive at the end of the canal where our first task was to give all the boats laundry to an unknown lady who had promised to wash it all and deliver it back to us at Crinan, the western end of the canal….!!!!Boat formalities over with the road traffic was halted and we entered the LOWER basin which because the first lock had just been emptied into it resembled something like the Corryvrechan whirlpool. AJ was spun around and in such a confined space we were in danger of making contact with the boats waiting for us to go through. (Note because of AJ draught the canal had been overfilled and we were the first boat through that day). A few heart stopping moments the boat was stabilised and we headed for the first lock gate

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The canal staff were excellent and showed us the operation of the lock gates and accompanied us to the second gate where we bid them farewell – “OK we are one our own now” someone said.

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The crew had decided (arbitrarily) who was going to be onshore taking the lines, operating the sluices, and opening/closing the gates and so off we went -into the unknown…!!! The weather was good, sunshine, warm and little wind.

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As we made our way through the canal the crew really got into the swing of things, lock gates done and locks emptied/filled with much fun and increasing expertise.

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As we negotiated our way down from the summit the canal took on a new dimension, we were looking downwards and thinking “this is going to test the boat and crew” because the canal gets narrower and shallower…!!!!Sure enough we had a couple of touching bottom moments and to Ian who was helming a marginally embarrassing moment of collecting some tree branches. Never mind no damage done and we arrived at Crinan lower basin where we moored next to one of the Clyde Puffers.

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The following day was spent looking around Crinan, the boatyard, the lock complex and the local hotel. Finally it was time to leave and so we entered the sea lock and bade farewell to all the friends, locals and other boat people we had met and who had shown such an interest in our boat.

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Goodbye to Crinan canal, what a lovely adventure it was.

Cheers Tim Marshall.

 

Annabel J creaming along under full canvas

If, like me you are looking out of the window at the cold weather and wishing it was the summer so you could go sailing, then have a look at our sailing schedule and make your dreams a reality. In 2014 we return again to the beautiful tropical Scilly Islands, Normandy, the Channel Isles as well as cruising the South coast and Cornwall. Go on, click on the following link – you know it makes sense. http://www.annabel-j.co.uk/classic-yacht-charter/yacht-charter-schedule

Happy Christmas from all at Annabel J.

See our web site for more information www.annabel-j.co.uk

Regards
Phil Cogdell and Ian Standish
Skippers – Annabel J

Tel: 07766 138288 or 0800 7999 180

Email: info@annabel-j.co.uk

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The Three Amigos

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One of the things that makes my job the best in the world is having characters like these three on board. They were brilliant. Thank you guys, you were great and we all miss you. Come back soon :-)

Every year up to 14 Classic Pilot Cutters gather in Cornwall to celebrate the beauty and sailing qualities of these amazing classic boats.  After a break from the event in 2013 when we sailed around Britain, we are returning in 2014.  Details are on our web site, but in brief the itinerary is:  Join in Hamble; Sail to Fowey where we meet the other Pilot Cutters; race to St Mawes; 2 further days of racing and socialising in St Mawes.

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You can see a video of a previous event by clicking the link below.

Pilot Cutter Review Video.

See our web site for more information www.annabel-j.co.uk

Regards
Phil Cogdell and Ian Standish
Skippers – Annabel J

Tel: 07766 138288 or 0800 7999 180

Email: info@annabel-j.co.uk

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Next season, Annabel J once again returns to the Scilly Isles.

We are planning 4 voyages in June and July to this tropical paradise which lies just a short distance from the South Cornish coast.

With the stunning white sandy beaches and the brightly coloured tropical flowers, one could easily imagine that this is the Caribbean.

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Due to popular demand, we have lengthened one of the voyages by 2 days to allow for more time to explore the islands.

All voyages start and return to the Falmouth area and full details can be found on our web site www.annabel-j.co.uk/voyages/scilly-isles

Dates and full board prices are as follows:

Jun 2014
AJ1407
6 days
Isles of Scilly and Cornish Coast Pt 1
Sailing amongst the islands and beautiful anchorages. Wildlife, scenery; absolute bliss
Saturday
31 May 2014
16:00
St Mawes Cornwall
Friday
6th Jun 2014
10:00
St Mawes Cornwall
£770
Spaces
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AJ1408
6 days
Isles of Scilly and Cornish Coast Pt 2
Sailing amongst the islands and beautiful anchorages. Wildlife, scenery; absolute bliss
Monday
9th Jun 2014
16:00
St Mawes Cornwall
Sunday
15th Jun 2014
10:00
St Mawes Cornwall
£770
Spaces
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AJ1409
6 days
Isles of Scilly and Cornish Coast Pt 3
Sailing amongst the islands and beautiful anchorages. Wildlife, scenery; absolute bliss
Saturday
21st Jun 2014
16:00
St Mawes Cornwall
Friday
27th Jun 2014
10:00
St Mawes Cornwall
£770
Spaces
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July 2014
AJ1410
8 days
Extended Isles of Scilly and Cornish Coast Pt 4
Sailing amongst the islands and beautiful anchorages. Wildlife, scenery; absolute bliss
Monday
30th Jun 2014
16:00
St Mawes Cornwall
Tuesday
8th Jul 2014
10:00
St Mawes Cornwall
£995
Spaces
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These voyages are always oversubscribed, so book now or you may be disappointed.

Regards
Phil Cogdell and Ian Standish
Skippers – Annabel J

0800 7999 180
info@annabel-j.co.uk

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Just completed the Small Ships Race in Cowes with a lovely group of 12 – 14 year old people from Perse School.
Got a 2nd place. Well done to my young but very enthusiastic crew. This is a great Annual event with over 20 boats and more than 200 young people between the ages of 12 and 18 racing around the Solent. #sailing on #annabelj

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Regards

Phil, Ian and the crew.

0800 7999 180 | 07766 138 288

info@annabel-j.co.uk

www.annabel-j.co.uk

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