The simple life afloat of a simple boater in a simple boat.


Flotsam: goods lost in shipwreck and found floating.

Sail Training, Victualling, Hygiene and Stuff may be compared to flotsam at times.

But! Hey! This is a serious site

In case anyone thought the day-to-day condition of Pentargon is a coincidence ................

" The day after race finish, the whole crew turned to and tackled the boat cleaning, and all the small jobs that needed doing... A lot of lessons have been learnt on the boat-victualling front, and we hope to get a better balance of food, veg, fruit etc .... for instance, take only a few day's worth of choccies, as it will melt [in] warmer climates.

[Boat] is now clean again, and looks great.Tracey and Silvia have been 'mapping out' where all the food is stowed under the various floor boards.The sails have all been washed down, cleaned and checked for damage. "

Note: 'floor boards' on boats are correctly known as "sole plates" and are easily removable to gain access to the bilges. SW

RESOURCES AND USEFUL LINKS You never know what will come up on uk.rec.sailing but it never ceases to surprise. It is a repository of all sorts of useful and useless information. Its strength is its on-board search facility.  concerning marketing  200 page Introduction to R/T Procedures predict your tides for the next seven days

"Kenya Jacaranda" has been setting New Horizons for London's Youth since 1951, 7500 of whom have sailed on her so far! And so far is May 2006

Another way of putting it. Shaun Wall

What drives me to support the Mayflower Sail Training Society is it's proven record of working for disadvantaged people years before such an idea became flavoursome. The Society was set up (in 1980) to preserve a priceless service to the young people of the Deptford, Bermondsey and Greenwich areas set up by our founders (Steve Stevens and Chris Harding) in 1951 by protecting the Kenya Jacaranda and her stated aims for posterity.
The service previously provided by the "Kenya Jacaranda" and then (in 1979) in danger of being buried under the development of Docklands, was a service of taking young people to sea from the very heart of London, from berths that read like a glossery of the Empire and addresses that reads like an A-Z of inner London.
For fifty years the "Kenya Jacaranda" has enabled a maritime sailing tradition to be preserved against all the odds in the River Thames, whether based in Surrey Docks, Deptford Creek, Limehouse Basin, Greenland Dock ............
 .......... and (when she was no longer welcome in any of them) she was taken down-river by the Society til she fetched up at Tilbury. But to this day she still goes back to the Limehouse Reach and the Lower Pool for her sailors.
This tenacity has ensured that in August 2005 Newham Carers had their annual holiday on board the Kenya Jacaranda, just like in 2004. KJ has fifty years of not noticing a person's skin colour, creed or wealth. She does not care whether a sailor can walk, talk, hear or see. She has carried them all, and will continue to do so if she can only be allowed to stay afloat, safe and legal and able to bring another 8000 young people to sea in the NEXT fifty years.