We are experiencing some exceptionally cold weather here in the UK this week. We’ve been spending a few days on board while having some minor alterations made to our canopy, as well as a few other maintenance items. This morning we woke up to the rare sight of the marina being frozen over and the ice being topped with a light covering of snow.
Here’s some shots from this morning:
Here’s a one minute video I shot a couple of days ago of St. Ives bridge and approach, river Great Ouse , Cambridgeshire . A beautiful winters day but bitter cold.
A short video I filmed while on holiday last week at Los Hervideros (literally the ‘Boiling Waters’) which is a series of caves and blow holes which have been eroded into a former Lava flow on the rugged coastline of Lanzarote.
As the waves crash into the caves, mountains of white surf are produced, giving the appearance of ‘Boiling Waters’.
Angie & I recently spent a week in Lanzarote. The weather was not as good as it could have been and we had periods of strong winds on most days. Puerto de Orzola is a beautiful little harbour but on the day we visited, the entrance could only be described as treacherous. I have tried to portray it on this short, 90 second video.
Here is a comment from a friend of mine who has sailed from Lanzarote numerous times :
“The prevailing wind for Lanzarote comes down from the north east. Generally the harbours and marinas on the island, with the exception of Playa Blanca, are built to provide protection from that. When the wind changes to come from the south, and especially when it is a strong wind, then all those harbours are exposed to that wind and become dangerous to enter or leave. Playa Blanca is different. It is on the south coast so it has a harbour wall that wraps round from the east to the south. It is also protected from the north and west by cliffs and old volcanoes. A couple of years ago I was sailing around the island when a Force 8 came up from the south. There is not enough sea room between Lanzarote and Fuertaventura to ride it out so Marina Rubicon was where we ran to and watched the waves breaking right over the harbour wall for 2 days.”
The river has been on “red boards” for some time now, which means that most boats will be staying moored alongside or in the marina.
We had a walk along the river at Marsh Lock and Henley yesterday and here is a short video I produced from some footage I took:
I subscribe to a free digital magazine which is primarily about motorboats but also includes lots of good general boating articles. You can register to receive a copy every month if you would like to.
Here is a link to the September issue if you would like a preview:
MotorBoat Sept 17
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I have just created a new Facebook group for anyone who is interested in boats and boating.
I have been a member of a few boating groups where abuse of or towards other members is becoming a daily occurrence so I decided to try to establish a group with the common interest but also who respect others who may partake in different types or parts of boating in general.
Here is a link to the group if you are interested in joining, but please keep in mind that this will take some time to become established.