I decided to make a start before I got too old to tolerate a small boat. I am not a rich man, so I can’t afford to do the trip all in one go – I am doing it in stages between my real job as a cameraman and video journalist.
The boat had to be cheap and tough – so I bought a 19 foot Mirror Offshore. She is nearly 50 years old and was designed by Van De Stadt for a competition being run by the Daily Mirror newspaper where the brief was to create a “yacht for the working man”. I have always been a working man – and as a jobbing hack then I consider myself to be a working man too.
This was at a time when Harold Wilson was promising energy would be too cheap to measure and that the main problem facing Britain’s labour force would be an excess of leisure time – what happened?
The Mirror Offshore has a separate heads, an inboard Volvo diesel with a flywheel that would do justice to a tractor, a triple keel so she sits upright on the mud and a 17 foot mast which is short enough for me to raise and lower myself. She was built of fibreglass at a time before they had managed to cut so many corners that they invented osmosis. She draws just over a welly – so I can usually get by without using the $40 ebay inflatable that I keep in the stern locker.
I used to race Eboats and Sonatas so I know how well a small yacht should sail. The Mirror sails like a pig.
I intend to push her pudgy little bow up every estuary and river worth exploring along our 20,000 mile long coast. The journey might take me four, five or six years – who cares? I won’t if you won’t. As a cameraman I would be filming the trip anyway – and unedited film is a waste of shelf space – I might as well share it with youtube and through this website.
So click on some one of the albums above to see some of the wonderful rivers, estuaries, boats and birds I have encountered along the way. If you have the bandwidth or the patience for a big download click on a HD video and join me on my journey around our 20,000 mile coastline – it will be a long relationship. We can grow grey together.
All the films will soon be available for free viewing at good quality – as good as your bandwidth and computer will allow. Please feel free to watch the films at high definition – the bandwidth costs me nothing. Sorry about the occasional advert but there has to be something in it for the streaming company if they are going to give us all that bandwidth for freemans. If you want to rip those vids then there are sites that will do that for you.
just type youtube and rip into a website owned by google and it will take you to a place where you can rip adverts from google servers. Funny things happen in the digital world.
I am aiming to recoup some of my sailing, filming and editing costs by selling the films – mostly as DVD sets. There are now three DVD sets – four hours of films in each. They do look great on the telly rather than a streamed window on a laptop…. but the free stuff is there as well.
If you subscribe to KTL at $4.99 a quarter then you can access to the proper 720p films which are currently stored on Amazon’s servers.
If you have a decent monitor or TV then you really should try downloading the films.
I have watched the films from a memory stick shoved into my neighbours HD TV and they look really good.
But I I can’t convince you to give my films a decent showing then I have also put the youtube version on here. That is free too. if you would rather watch the films at you tube then feel free to do that – they do deliver an amazing service – even google needs to make money.
If you want to download the high definition films then they are available for a subscription of $4.99 a month.
For people re-subsribing here is how to do it.
When your subscription dies after three months you will see (according to our developer, Joe Moore) that your KTL account has been automatically bumped down from Member to NON-Member with no access to the films. Disconcerting, especially if you’re a new member and you’re suddenly shut out of the videos!
To remedy this, please follow these steps:
1) Log into the main “Keep Turning Left” page as usual (–you’ve got to be logged in or the program won’t know who you are and you’ll still be shut out and you’ll have to go through PayPal and create a new account– you don’t want to do that though).
2) Open your browser and log into the main “Keep Turning Left” page– http://www.keepturningleft.co.uk
3) Click the “Join Keep Turning Left” link in the box on the right-hand side of the page (see example below, second bullet). A new “Join Keep Turning Left” page will appear.
KEEP TURNING LEFT
- Join Keep Turning Left
- Member Info
- The Journey
4) Now click the yellow button that reads “check out with Paypal”… a new Paypal page will appear with the name “Dylan Winter” at the top.
5) Now you need to do either one of two things:
a) If your three-month KTL subscription IS NOT up, then click the link at bottom that reads “cancel and return to Dylan Winter.” Your browser will return to to the “Keep Turning Left” page. You should now be able to watch the videos again.
b) If your three-month KTL subscription IS up, then click the link that reads “Log into Paypal” and purchase a $4.99 USD 3-month renewal. After you’ve paid via the usual Paypal process, log into the main “Keep Turning Left” page again. You should now be able to see the videos again.
Needless to say, if something goes wrong and you’re still shut out, please email me right away at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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