Glenn’s UK Circumnavigation in a Centaur – he says “small chip”

Hi Dylan

You are very welcome for the small chip in, I noticed your comment about liking pictures of boats in your inbox, so here is ours.

We recently bought her to replace a Vivacity 650, after thinking and planning our trip around the UK coast we decided we would be much happier and more comfortable on a Centaur, mainly down to watching your experiences, thanks for that mate.

She is in Lowestoft at present, we did so e work last weekend, at 1 degree it was painful so we cut out a bit early and hotfooted back to Hull. We shall be sailing her up to Hull next month to prep for the big voyage in late May and the favourable winds (we hope). Plan to overnight in Wells next to the Sea, which I revisited your experiences of recently!

Good luck with your latest campaign, hope to see you out there with a good heater soon mate.

Kindest regards



Harmony is in lowestoft at the moment

ashore – I sold her to a bloke called Jon who came up the north sea with me

I cannot bare to go see her

hard dodger eh!

send more snaps


what engine do you have in the boat?

how many people doing the trip – how much time do you have

will you take a dinghy

sorry about the questions – I am now living vicariously  through the sailing lives of the MOBs



Oh! Wish I had picked up on that Dylan, would have paid homage to the girl!
Yes the hard dodger we think will be a plus in squalls, though for two mature Gents it does make for an odd limbo dance getting in and out!
The engine is a non original Volvo Penta, last weekend was fun, starting her after standing at least a month in bloody cold conditions, but when she did fire, what a beauty, smooth as a Singer hehe.
It is actually my friend Brian who has bought her, we are two ex army musicians, I am 58 and Brian 70 so this will be a leisurely trip, we have ‘allowed’ 3 months, thought it would be nice to take our time and actually enjoy the coast, thats the idea anyhow.
We may get a couple of visitors from time to time, but in my experience people say they will come and appear willing, but best not to rely on it happening really.
Looking forward to it!
In the snaps she is named Copalu, this will change to Rise-Lillian very soon, we are not superstitious as you can see.
Hope you enjoy the snaps mate.




This is about Dylan Winter's Blog, Sailing around Britain.

14 Responses to “Glenn’s UK Circumnavigation in a Centaur – he says “small chip””

  1. 17 February, 2017 at 12:58 pmWalter Scott says:

    They are 2 very different boats …??

    • 17 February, 2017 at 1:03 pmdylan winter says:

      he sold the small one to buy a centaur after he had been watching my films

      that was just a snap of him and his mate – they are musicians – just imagine what a great noise will be coming from the cosy centaur cabin

  2. 17 February, 2017 at 1:14 pmWarren says:

    Good on you guys! I hope you find a way to post at least some photos on a site somewhere . There are plenty of friends here that would enjoy following your progress. You might even find a few new friends around the coast.
    Did you see the film Dylan did on a guy he meet in Wisbech I think who was on a much smaller boat who was planning to sail to the south of France and make money grape picking…… I wonder if he made it? He was you age and from your part of the world.
    Sorry I just watched the film but can’t find it among the 537 films Dylan has posted!
    Cheers Warren

    • 17 February, 2017 at 1:35 pmdylan winter says:

      strange turn of the weather cock- I am now living vicariously through the adventures of the blokes who watch my films

      • 17 February, 2017 at 2:37 pmTed B. (Charging Rhino) says:

        There you go. you have founded A Movement, …or maybe a cult.
        “Hoist the M.O.B. Burgee, yo ho ho!”

        • 17 February, 2017 at 8:00 pmWill says:

          I’m up for it!!! Somebody design a M.O.B. burgee or pennant or tee shirt, or all of the above. Proceeds to KTL. I’ll buy several. Come on…who has experience at this and will do it?

          • 17 February, 2017 at 8:25 pmdylan winter says:

            don’t do it… just get people to tap on the films they like. if anyone is interested my burgee is more or less code flag answer

            ktl is the answer

            good eh

            my burgee is made with dowell, flag, stainless steel washers, a length of hose and some hot glue

            works a treat

            make you own lads –

            I want to see the outer hebs and st kilda

            I am in a rush



  3. 17 February, 2017 at 4:04 pmGlenn says:

    Thanks for the positive comments guys 👍🏻

    We shall be setting out in late May and by then I will have started a modest blog, so you can see our progress

  4. 17 February, 2017 at 7:03 pmwarren says:

    found the film of the bloke in gainsbrough going to the MED on the outside not canals!

  5. 18 February, 2017 at 9:42 pmChris Norton says:

    Do you think you will be calling into Scarborough? And if so when.

  6. 20 February, 2017 at 12:24 amBryanD says:

    Hi Glenn,
    Don’t be stopping overnight at ‘Paddys Hole’ in Teesmouth on the leg after Whitby, go up river to moor t’other side of the Tees Barrage or quite simply moor at Hartlepool Marina

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