Barry in hot place

I generally keep tabs on the other bloggersand I occasionally watch Barry Perkins – he does not move very fast but dilgently posts 16 nminutes a week. He lives on the cheap on the hook as much as he can. I must say that the life style does not look all that attractive – roly poly anchorages, a lot of bureaucracy to deal with.

In this one he east italian food, nicks some water at night, drops his anchor too close to a proeper mooring and takes a chisel to his decks.

I have just spent four days on the Crouch and Roach. It is a good long day sail down there arriving with the evening tide. On saturday it all got a bit mad with the Romford Navy (mobos owned by wide boys from East London) roaring up and down the small places where they are allowed to motor at high speed. I started to get a bit pished off at the wash – so at first light on Sunday moring I lifted the anchor and drifted back out into the North sea.

I stayed on the boat or in the dinghy for the whole four days – which turned out to be a bit of a mistake. I am sad to report that the crouching headroom made me ache like a bugger. I can live with it but I need to make sure that I get ashore for an hour or more each day and go for a hard walk to straighten out the kinks in my spine,hips and knees. The sailing – balancing, pulling ropes, rowing and raising anchors keeps my top half in good fettle but as I get older I need to keep the maintenance up on the lower half of my ever aging body.


This is about Sailing around Britain.

14 Responses to “Barry in hot place”

  1. 16 July, 2018 at 11:14 amPete Shep says:

    Glad to hear you’re out and about. The headroom thing is something I can relate to. I’m currently thinking of downsizing my boat, but it’s been just long enough since selling my Corribee to remember how my back felt on a 19 foot’er.

  2. 16 July, 2018 at 7:43 pmHerman says:

    Just to say that my other favourite is the restauration of TALLY HO.
    Fascinating stuff, to be found at
    Have a look!



  3. 17 July, 2018 at 3:51 pmTed Timberlake says:

    I agree Herman. Leo’s blog is top of my list. He has so many skills and his work on Tally Ho is just mind blowing, given her size and the complexity of the work that he is carrying out. Plus there is the human touches, and of course the parrot. Ted

  4. 19 July, 2018 at 8:21 amSue Johnson says:

    It’s all in the timing down there. We were on the Crouch & Roach a month ago, but mid week, so very quiet.
    Got to see the seals with their young pups down a branch of the Roach where we anchored in pool at low tide, totally magical. Also saw 100’s of geese with their chicks step their way from one feeding ground, cross the river & over to another area, avoiding the seals on their way, very comical.
    Went up to Fambridge & moored at the jetty supported at the pub & had a spectacular sunset. Was a lovely, peaceful trip, no motor boats to annoy us & just a few yachts on the water.

  5. 24 July, 2018 at 5:21 pmTed Timberlake says:

    Any chance of the Interactive Map being updated? Ted

  6. 24 July, 2018 at 8:37 pmChristopher says:

    Dylan. You need to get that Fisher 25 with standing space. I was chased around Sunderland harbour by one before heading out on the Tall Ships Race. It looked amazingly well ordered. Got over to Esbjerg and there were a bunch of LM27’s doing the same and looking great. How are the purchase plans going and when is the best time of year to buy?

  7. 26 July, 2018 at 11:51 pmjack says:

    I was going to say something……but I’m too bored. Get yer finger out………

  8. 27 July, 2018 at 8:04 amEuan Mckenzie says:

    And here was me thinking you were talking about Bazza the star crew for a minute. Hope he’s doing good too! Interesting how google insists on changing Perrins to Perkins!

    One more vote for Leo’s blog btw

  9. 2 August, 2018 at 10:59 amTed Timberlake says:

    Hi Dylan. I hope that you are OK. The last para of the intro to this appears to be that you are struggling, what with refs to age and stuff. As for KTL it appears to have gone aground, and I guess that you are checking the fluff in your navel as to what is to happen when the water returns and you are afloat again. Look forward to learning what your thoughts are on the future. Take care. Ted

    • 5 August, 2018 at 1:13 pmdylan winter says:

      just the cash to sail far from home Ted – healthwise I am in great nick what with all the rowing, cycling and not driving the car. I will start running new films this autumn and see where we stand come christmas – which is always a good time to buy a boat.


      • 5 August, 2018 at 8:44 pmChristopher says:

        Very relieved to hear all is well. Looking forward to the next batch.

      • 7 August, 2018 at 9:19 amTed Timberlake says:

        Good to learn that you are OK, and the project is still a goer with just the hurdle of financing it to over come. From my own experience keeping a project on track over a long period can be quite a challenge, as the longer the period and the less progress other matters begin to take over and get in the way. Anyway, good luck. Ted

  10. 8 August, 2018 at 4:31 amWarren says:

    Barry is a great guy, some of the best sailing footage I have seen in his earlier videos , really captured what it’s like,content is everything .
    I am so impressed with what he is doing . I wish I had the balls to do half of what he has done in such a short time!
    Cheers Warren

  11. 9 August, 2018 at 12:22 pmWarren says:

    Hmm, sounds like you need to take your Lab Maggie with you to make you go to shore daily. I can’t believe you went to the Crouch on a weekend! Long sail, I haven’t sailed to there for 40 years but it was the same back then just less mo-boats……The Roach and Pagalsham ..WOW that must have changed……….BUT as I look on google earth I see the Roach runs right up to Southend on Sea, I never realized that, and the huge marina of Sutton Wharf Boatyard serviced by a 2 train stations a short taxis ride away and even London Southend airport! A short flight from city airport.
    Times they have changed.
    Cheers Warren.

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