I first learned of this trip in January 2008 at the London Boat Show. The stand for Honnor Marine featured the newly built boat Theo's Future. Subsequently, I followed Mike's blog as he completed the trip. Inspirational! A challenging future prospect for Daisy II!? Mike's book, which has only recently been published, is a good read with plenty of interesting anecdotes and some fine photos. Well worth the outlay, with proceeds going to worthy charitable causes.
I've always greatly admired the Cape Cutter - not a Drascombe but, nonetheless, a well-built, proven hull design with traditional rig and pleasing lines.
So, back to Daisy II, sitting in patient hibernation on the drive, buffeted by the various passing winter storms which have characterised this month and reflecting on an outstanding season past. Indeed, I doubt if there will be a finer year, particularly in terms of nautical miles sailed. Inevitably, the new year beckons and, with that, a brand new set of challenges. Formative plans include joining one of the south coast rallies in May; I also hope that there will be summer holiday time to visit the Crouch by sea for the first time.
In the mean time, we've upgraded our home computer to an iMac and I'm enjoying working out how to edit videos on iMovie. Hopefully, future offerings will be rather more accomplished that the efforts thus far.
|Daisy II sailing the River Blackwater, August 2013|