KeepTurningLeft Season 7 part 4/5 Itchenor Reach x 2

I was in the Solent for two months and my first test sails in the Centaur were conducted in late winter. Then I watched the harbour come alive as temperatures rose through the following weeks.

So this was a drift down Itchenor Reach in late March


The same run six weeks later




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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.

If I am to re-boot the series with a boat that can keep me, the camera gear and my clothes dry and warm I need to average £2K per film - or about a third of the money that the bikini sailors earn per Week. Thanks for considering helping that happen



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and finally the fear of inboards raised its ugly head






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

16 Responses to “KeepTurningLeft Season 7 part 4/5 Itchenor Reach x 2”

  1. 19 February, 2015 at 2:04 pmSteve says:

    Dylan – that was worth a pint and a half of anyone’s money – exquisite and what a lovely way to spend a lunchtime on a grey wet Thursday!

  2. 19 February, 2015 at 6:07 pmdylan winter says:

    cheers Steve,

    bit of an experiment

    I just filmed what caught my eye

    I really like the little green wooden yacht


  3. 20 February, 2015 at 11:48 pmChris says:

    Hi Dylan,
    Sitting here in usually sunny SE Queensland waiting for the remains of ex tropical cyclone Marcia to finish dumping inches of rain on us – what better way to fill in the time than catch up with your latest! And, at long last, to succumb to your persistently understated appeal for funds. Being an ex pat Lincolnshire lad I particularly enjoyed the Wash to Humber sections and am almost looking forward to joining my brother on his Jaguar sailing out of Wisbech when I come over in late May.
    Keep up the good work,

  4. 22 February, 2015 at 8:47 amPhilip Orchard says:

    Interesting to see that 2 of the International 14s you videoed came to Australia for the World Championships early this year.

  5. 22 February, 2015 at 9:05 amdylan winter says:

    Blimey P

    you do watch carefully -= or have a brilliant memory. As I said in the film – never been to a place before where the standard of sailing is so high. Barely a duffer on the water.

  6. 22 February, 2015 at 7:40 pmDavid says:

    Great D, fantastic films and well done. I totally understand your preference for outboards and would share this totally were it wasn’t for the NOISE!!! We would all rather sail – lovely and quiet but sometimes we can’t because mother nature doesn’t play the game. So we have to motor. Give me Harmony’s old diesel any day.. I crew a safety boat for Sailability and the outboard is neither noisy or unreliable – fantastic in fact as quiet as a sowing machine. Why can’t smaller outboards be so refined and then I’d use one.

  7. 25 February, 2015 at 10:36 pmpeter harold cash says:

    thx D, had my wife snow shoe around my 22′ gunter 1955 beach cruiser so l could clamber in. 60F inside under the clear tarp, windy 12F ouside. just finished plowing/shoveling another 6″ snow. bonus is we overlook Lake Ontario, sparkling blue with rim ice on the shore. Her plastic 17′ pocket cruiser is of course in a carport shelter. its well worth the extra points.
    another small coin on the way. KTL keeps me going thru this weather.

  8. 26 February, 2015 at 2:28 pmWolfgang says:

    Hi Dylan,
    this is not a comment on any particular film (they are all brilliant) but rather a general question I’ve been meaning to ask you for a long time.
    In maybe 95 percent (ballpark figure) of the shots showing you out on the water, in any of your three “real” boats (the Slug, KTL, or Harmony), the hatch and companionway are fully open. Not only on protected rivers and such but also when cruising on stretches of water (such as up the East Coast towards Northumberland etc.) that can be demonstrably nasty, as is evident also from your commentary (mentioning storms and lifeboat rescues and such). Yet the conditions you are shown to be in usually range from utterly benign to nice breeze sailing and the occasional mild blow, but never anything hairy enough so as to prompt you to batten down the hatches, so to speak. By contrast, when I sail my 21-footer on the Pacific coast of Japan (where I live), I always look at the weather forecast and try to plan ahead as much as possible, but I still sometimes encounter situations where I would feel extremely uneasy sailing with the hatch open. Of course, my sailing experience doesn’t match yours by a long shot, but I still find myself wondering:
    Are you sometimes sailing in much rougher conditions (where one would assume hatches etc. being closed) and are simply not filming these (which would of course be understandable)?
    Or do such instances even if filmed end up on the cutting room floor?
    Or are you, as I rather suspect, simply so amazingly good at weather and route planning that you never actually end up being out in rough weather or wild seas?
    No hurry with the answer, but inquiring minds want to know…

  9. 26 February, 2015 at 2:36 pmdylan winter says:

    Good point W

    put it down to a combination of massive cowardice and my desire to protect the camera gear

    the only really roughish bit I filmed was in the slug leaving wells for the wash

    and then I put the camera away pretty sharpish

    coming back acros the Pentland Firth was fairly frightening – again too wet and miserable to film

    we do have astonishingly good weather forecasts here so I can usually avoid the crud

    If it is rough I put the camera down below – the shots are not worth a squit and the camera is worth more than the Micra

    actually I have just been contact6ed by the English Tourist Board

    they would like me to say that the sun always shines here


  10. 26 February, 2015 at 3:53 pmWolfgang says:

    Thanks Dylan.
    You certainly would be a great poster boy for a “who needs the Bahamas when you have Britain” kind of campaign. You might need a few bikini babes though…(banish the thought)

  11. 17 February, 2016 at 9:41 amMartin Ball says:

    Hi Dylan,
    might be my error, but the download link for Season 7 part 5 seems to link to Season 7 part 6

  12. 17 February, 2016 at 10:11 amdylan winter says:

    I am sure it is me

    I will have a look

    simple to fix



    try now

  13. 20 February, 2016 at 9:05 pmMartin Ball says:

    Still the same

  14. 20 February, 2016 at 11:03 pmdylan winter says:


    try now then


  15. 12 March, 2016 at 5:04 pmMartin says:

    Hi Dylan,

    It is still the same, download link for Season 7 part 5 downloads Season 7 part 6

  16. 12 March, 2016 at 5:18 pmdylan winter says:

    plan B then

    open it in vimeo – there will be a download button available via vimeo

    that way you will know you have the right one

    once you have collected the films feel free to give them other sailors

    dongles are really easy ways of moving films around

    – I know I like having a few films and stuff – not mine obviously – on my laptop for those evenings afloat.

    so give them to other sailors – offer them a loan of your dongle so that they can put them on their hard drive

    they have all bee virus checked through AVG and at vimeo

    come back to me if this fails for some reason

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