KeepTurningLeft Season 7 part 15 three men – 500 miles – six days – four nights – last film of KTL7

New territory for me - a long sail from Chichester Harbour to Anstruther.



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Each of these films takes about three weeks to edit. I have 12 more films in the can before I run out of material. These films will cover the West Coast of Shetland including Scalloway, the rough nightime crossing of the Pentland Firth,down to Loch Eribol, around Cape Wrath which was a pussycat that day, down the North Minch to the Summer Isles, to the amazing Handa,Loch Drambuie, Salen, Tobermory, the sound of Mull, CorryVrekan, Craobh, through the Crinan canal and the Clyde to Glasgow - and a few more places along the way.

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This is about Dylan Winter's Blog, KTL 7 The Solent By Centaur.

34 Responses to “KeepTurningLeft Season 7 part 15 three men – 500 miles – six days – four nights – last film of KTL7”

  1. 16 March, 2015 at 10:12 amMark the Skint Sailor says:

    Nice film. I do like the longer adventures.

  2. 16 March, 2015 at 1:21 pmJ-Star Sailing says:

    Hi Dylan,
    Great film bring backs a lot of memories of the days I use to sail this area a lot in the 1990’s, happy days


  3. 16 March, 2015 at 3:56 pmjack says:

    Finally got pay pal to work! Now I know why I still like cash ! Islay juice to follow! Cheers, Jack (ian)

    • 16 March, 2015 at 4:31 pmdylan winter says:

      excellent on all counts

      some blokes do still just shove cash in an envelope

      it always seems to get here


  4. 17 March, 2015 at 1:08 amdave says:

    a great video Dylan!

  5. 17 March, 2015 at 3:30 amGiles says:

    Brilliant film Dylan! Good society of men with a project – nothing finer!
    Stugeron is great stuff…

  6. 17 March, 2015 at 5:30 amWill Frye says:

    Good film…one of your best, I think. You did a good job of bringing us along with you on the trip.

    Always tough to give viewers a good measure of the seas through the lens, as you noted in the film…but bringing the view down to near horizontal just above the cabin top eith it in the foreground gave a much better feel for boat motion and sea size. Liked that view for getting a feel for the water you were in.

    Thanks, Dylan.

  7. 17 March, 2015 at 10:34 amDavid Cunningham says:

    Thanks for the trip. I love your music selection. The DOCKumentry at the end is a great laugh and it brought back many happy memories of sitting in the cockpit with a glass of malt feeling smug after a good bash to windward and the peace of the arrival.

    Keep them coming.

  8. 17 March, 2015 at 11:29 amHenrik Scheel says:

    Very nice film D. I noted how quickly You passed the places where many of the other films were recorded. What a great way to underline the point, that we miss a lot when we just hurry from one location to the next.

  9. 17 March, 2015 at 2:23 pmTed B. (Charging Rhino) says:

    Just a wonderful journey video. And from the sound of things, with very limited motoring offshore.

    I was wondering how long it had been since you had done a prolonged offshore sail, so I was surprised when you commented it was your first. It must have been a comfort to have the local knowledge gained from your years of sailing the East Coast, knowing your potential sanctuaries from previous years in the case of trouble.

    In a smaller — and lighter — boat like the KatieL, such a prolonged offshore sail would have been madness…or very tiring. The three of you looked remarkably fresh after you arrived in Anstruther.

    I’m so jealous — and happy for you. Looking forwards to the Scottish Adventure. YAY!!

    • 17 March, 2015 at 7:06 pmdylan winter says:

      thats true ted – I doi know all the hidey holes along the way

      so that is a comfort

      I had done some night sailing – but only in places I knew

      this was the first long delivery trip

      it would be impossible for three blokes to exist in a space the size of Katie L

      the centaur was brilliant

      it was a good experience

    • 17 March, 2015 at 7:11 pmdylan winter says:

      I do know all the hidey holes – that was great so I could run anywhere. I had done some night sailing on the east coast but generally late ends and early starts – and that only in places I knew already. This was a different game. Very satisfying though.

      I think Katie L would be untenable for more than one overnight and that with only two people on board

      three would be impossible. The Centaur was great

  10. 17 March, 2015 at 6:46 pmeddie crawford says:

    great (first half) film. have given up with vimeo – freezes all the time/have to reload page. firefox and ie. have you uploaded it anywhere else? ta

  11. 17 March, 2015 at 7:47 pmRobert Horsford says:


    When I click the “download” it starts streaming the film – I need to go to the pub as you suggest above! Please can it be fixed so it downloads?


  12. 18 March, 2015 at 11:37 pmRuss Fisher says:

    Really enjoyed this, I’m supposed to be revising for my yachtmaster theory but I reckon this counts!
    if I get my hurley 20 finished she’ll be berthed on the east coast somewhere cheap this season. I’m doing coastal skipper practical at easter on the solent. I’ll find a couple of quid for your funds dylan but my ship is eating cash going nowhere just now. it didn’t help having an auction purchase repossessed by the yard after spending many an hour fettling through the autumn. I got my money back but not my time. Still someone has a boat back abandoned for three years and spotlessly polished! See you afloat pal!

  13. 19 March, 2015 at 9:51 amPhilip Orchard says:

    Great videos, makes you feel like you were there for the ride.

  14. 19 March, 2015 at 8:25 pmRobert Horsford says:




  15. 20 March, 2015 at 3:31 amMichael says:

    Good men indeed, good sail. All of you sleep deprived and not a harsh word.
    I do enjoy your adventure.

  16. 21 March, 2015 at 5:34 pmRay gibbs says:

    Three men in a boat.great film.

  17. 23 March, 2015 at 11:23 pmJan says:

    Wonderfull, just what I needed to inspire me to get up on a frosty morning and scrub a bottom!
    Even better now that Vimeo can stream to chromecast. Google must be spitting feathers that they have allowed Vimeo such brilliant quality to TVs when their YouTube now looks so average.


    Thanks Dylan

    • 24 March, 2015 at 8:23 amdylan winter says:

      thanks Jan,

      the vimeo does look pretty good I think
      google/youtube will not tolerate the gap for very long

      at the moment google overcompress the films – it fine for semi-porn but for sailing there is a lot of movemnent in the images so the compression struggles

      vimeo is less draconian with it I think


      currently in a cold boat yard in edinburgh

  18. 29 March, 2015 at 3:50 pmsailstrait says:

    Excellent film. Nice to see that the sailing in the North Sea has some of the same grey bits that we experience over on the west side of the Atlantic. I like the fact that this is a “warts and all” film leaving in the boring and becalmed bits that make the whole experience worthwhile.
    I have the same sort of Garmin hand-held GPS which works a treat and was also puzzled about the maximum speed readings which far exceeded hull speed until I realized that the unit was also factoring in the speed of my movements on board. Going up to the bow while underway adds the speed on the deck to the speed over the bottom. Maximum speed recorded is only true if the GPS never moves. Can’t wait for the next installment – you take the high road and I’ll take the salt-water road…

    • 29 March, 2015 at 7:09 pmdylan winter says:

      Cheers Harry,

      good of you to say so in words and deeds. I did not really know how to film and portray it. I let the shots run on a bit so that you could see the wave patterns we get in the North Sea. Mostly steep and short. It is called the North Sea Chop. A boat needs to be able to put her shoulder into it.

      Knowing how long to leave the sailing shots is always a toughie

      as for the max speed. It is a msytery. I did wonder if I had ever gone to the bow with it in my pocket but I never put it in there – it is either out or in the gubbins draw.

  19. 29 March, 2015 at 10:40 pmDavid Denham says:

    I spent most of this wet afternoon in St Malo watching your You tube videos and I really enjoyed them.
    I bought a Centaur last year and am just about to launch her and sail her from St Malo to Mallorca, I have never sailed her before and watching your videos today really inspired me, they really are lovely yachts.
    Thanks a lot and keep making the films.
    Best wishes David

    • 29 March, 2015 at 11:52 pmdylan winter says:

      they sail very well

      tough little seaboats and excellent accomodation

      they have been all over the wrold

      both of you will be fine


  20. 30 March, 2015 at 2:50 amJ. Peter Haliburton says:

    Finally caught up on the videos. Interesting the differences in our sailing backgrounds.

    I was in my mid-30s the first time I went sailing. It was helping on a day sail coastal delivery aboard a 36′ sailboat. My second time sailing was aboard that same boat, but doing an overnight passage to a community where Queen Elizabeth II was visiting (, and back a couple days later. Both times with people aboard that I barely knew. Since then I have crewed for many deliveries with people who started out as strangers, and many multi day passages.

    Night sailing was something that I enjoyed right from the beginning. Being out on the water under a star filled sky, with a full moon, and the bioluminescence is magical. Navigation done with the aid of flashing white, red and green lights is sometimes easier than trying to find a buoy during the day.

    Thus, I am a cruiser with very little racing experience. Dinghys are something I’m just starting to get some time with. I was taught, however, to sail efficiently by a master at sail trim, so I’m always messing with the lines and cars to see if I can get another portion of a knot.

    Sorry, rambling on here. Just want to say that the films are getting even better, and I am now able to follow your journey with more understanding of locations. Place names alone don’t necessarily mean much to someone on this side of the Atlantic, but I really enjoy when you get into the history of a place.

    Looking forward to the next season, and all of your KTL adventures. I hope to be employed again soon, so you can expect my donations to continue then.

  21. 3 April, 2015 at 6:08 pmAndy says:

    A trio of top blokes. Great trip and video.

  22. 8 April, 2015 at 4:51 pmMax says:

    Thanks Dylan – KTL 7 is life affirming stuff. I’ve confirmed I don’t want a mooring in the Solent and I don’t want other people, no matter how charming or clean they may be, cluttering up my boat. Miserly contribution to funds duly made.

  23. 17 April, 2015 at 9:16 amJohn says:

    I just watched three men in a boat. I thoroughly enjoyed it. A bit different from your usual films. I’ve only watched a few,
    There really is something special about a voyage with a good crew. A little team in your own little world. The film makes it look easy. The truth is 500 miles is a long way.
    Night watches are particularly special, cold, long, exhausting, but a clear night at sea is beautiful.
    I look forward to watching some more. Small donation gladly made, keep turning left.

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