What follows is from a "Brixham" friend.Just in case you think we are unique at knotting our knickiesread on
"Well done with the site Shaun. By the way I was [competing] in the Brixham Trawler race this year  and I was really disappointed that KJ, you and the rest of the crew did not make it owing to the engine problems. I was looking forward to the challenge of racing against you."
WEBMASTER'S NOTE: ENGINES HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT ACTUALLY. WE DID THE ENGINE WORK OUT OF SHEER FRUSTRATION BUT IN THE FINAL ANALYSIS THEY WERE PUSHING US PAST ROYAL SOVEREIGN AT 4.8KTS WHEN THE NET STRUCK. STORMS IN THE CHANNEL HAD STUCK US UP THE MEDWAY FOR TWO DAYS. WE WERE NOT PREPARED TO TACK THITHER AND YON WITH A SMALL CREW IN 8s AND 9s FROM THE SOU'WEST. WHEN READY TO LEAVE THE MEDWAY WITH SW F6 FORECAST, SHEERNESS WAS RECALLING ITS PILOT BOATS IN A FORCE9 IN THE MEDWAY APPROACH CHANNEL. WE MOORED UP IN QUEENBORO FOR ANOTHER DAY. AND THEN MOTORED AWAY IN F1 FOR BRIXHAM. WHEN WE CAUGHT THE NET OFF ROYAL SOVEREIGN THAT PUT THE TIN HAT ON IT
But back with my colleague...................
"The race did not go smoothly for us. We had prepared the sails with first reef in the main and mizzen. After a good start on the first leg of the first circuit a tear appeared in the main sail between the first and second reefing points. We therefore had to drop the main. After putting the second reef in the sail we were able to raise the main again. We had lost a lot of ground by then and were in 5th place. Then a short time later the 2nd reefing line broke, forcing us to drop the main for a 2nd time. After hasty repairs the main was up again. This left us further behind, but in the remaining race time with the skill of our captain, we were able to overtake the ship in front of us just before the finish line, putting us in 4th place. Hopefully you will get there next year."
THE KENYA JACARANDA WILL BE IN THE BRIXHAM RACE IN 2006.
And as if the above was not bad enough, read on further and thank the Lord we have our own in-house diver.
We were invited to Brixham for the prize giving on the Saturday evening. The plan was to drop off our guest crew back at Torquay. Torquay harbour is small and on turning the ship within its confines to moor along side the Bessie Ellen our propeller got caught on a mooring trot ground anchor. We ended up with our propeller jammed with some chain and the Iris stuck in the middle of the harbour. Are guest crew were taken ashore by dingy. Our captain then had to hire a diver to go down and cut the chain off to free us, that cost about £180 I seem to remember. By the time we were moored up properly it was late evening and too late to go over to Brixham.