KeepTurningLeft Season 6 part 4 Newark and the long drift home

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I really loved Lincoln and I was keen to explore on up the Trent. I had to grit my teeth and motor all the way but the Trent above Newark turned out to be a wonderful place to sail and I was at last able to raise the rig and drink in the tranquility.

I had a perfect evening at anchor in the middle of the river and then the next morning started the long drift back to Winteringham.

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This is about KTL 6: Humber to the Forth, Sailing around Britain.

24 Responses to “KeepTurningLeft Season 6 part 4 Newark and the long drift home”

  1. 10 December, 2014 at 6:56 pmTomH says:

    Very nice… I so enjoy the way you bring the history into the present for us.
    Until the last bit where the speed-up and boat sailing backwards was overdone for my taste.
    TomH

  2. 10 December, 2014 at 8:50 pmM S says:

    Great video! Brought back some great memories for me thank you!! Even remember the Lock keeper ;-) I made the same trip in reverse a couple of years back, from Wells>Boston>Managed to squeeze the Norfolk Gypsy though the Glory Hole at Lincoln>Torksey>down to Newark, Managed to trap the overhanging masthead light between the lock gates…Plop!! Back up to Hull & back down to Wainfleet>Wells…best summer trip 10 days over 5 weeks…the Trent is stunning in places….

    M

    • 10 December, 2014 at 9:07 pmdylan winter says:

      what a lovely trip – I had hoped to do the loop – save it for next time

      D

      PS – by the way this is Max – this is what he did the trip in

      I owe maX big time as he kept the slug pumped out through two winters afloat at Wells. When it rained at low tide both his boat and my boat filled up with rain water so the next low tide he would walk out to pump out his boat and also give the slug a few strokes…. so to speak

      • 10 December, 2014 at 11:11 pmNigel says:

        Seen that one in wells many times

      • 13 December, 2014 at 5:54 pmM S says:

        ….ah yes know of Max, wears yellow wellies? Bob parked me next to him for a season down on the run. So that makes 3 of us made it to fresh water from Wells then ;-) The familt joined

        I went up the Hazleford lock a stayed there of a week or so & only 10 mins from home. The family came down to see me arrive. Fun memories of collecting masses of blackberries on the lock keepers island, teaching my daughter to put maggots on a hook & catching a supper sized Perch…..the water was unbelievably clear above the weir… just the best summer memories I have…

        Sad thing is I have no photos as they were all lost to the digital gods when the computer blew up & without any backups…..so your video has been, as you can imagine, something very special to me. This is why your work is very special to many people, on many levels. Keep up the great work! I’m sending you another fiva for the hell of it!!!

        Many thanks again,

        Mike

        • 13 December, 2014 at 6:58 pmdylan winter says:

          Max and I had some truly epic evening whisky sessions aboard the slug – with the ice forming on the pontoon beside the boat and the geese honking overhead

          Thanks for the money M – into the pot it goes

          Henrik has a complete set of films on his hard disk – so as long as the Uk and Denmark do not get nuked at the same time the films will outlive me

          There was a 22 footer tied up just above the lock and the river above there did look lovely to sail on

          ran out of time – but should have allowed myself a week for the journey

        • 9 January, 2015 at 5:40 pmMax says:

          >>> know of Max, wears yellow wellies?

          Not on formal occasions. Or in bed.

          I’m not usually encouraged to moor near shiny things like Norfolk Gypsies but if you say which one I’ll do my best to at least wave next time we pass.

  3. 11 December, 2014 at 12:44 amGary B says:

    This video is perhaps our favourite. Very peaceful and the history of the canal and towns really show your talents. Keep up the good work. In the mail you will find your Christmas bonus.
    Any thoughts on a book with lovely photos and perhaps an additional dvd with some highlights. We would purchase that!

    • 11 December, 2014 at 1:13 amdylan winter says:

      Thanks for saying that – the good thing is that you can just jump the bits you don’t like

      excellent….love a present by post

      is it a cake?

      Yum Yum

      • 12 December, 2014 at 3:46 amGary Baker says:

        My wife makes the best and I do mean the best fruit cake, all the fruit is left whole, some eggs, some flour, some sugar, some rum, some oven time, but they won’t let us send it – it is too dense, can not be xrayed. All since 9/11. Fruit cake – very dangerous you know. So, your bonus will be something simple that you will like a lot.

  4. 11 December, 2014 at 8:50 amPhil says:

    Really enjoying the trip. The Vimeo worked great for me in the HD format straight to the smart TV, so very easy and no buffering as I normally get when viewing on YouTube. Do you now have a Vimeo channel? I searched for the video/channel on the site but could not find it? From the cough up perspective, I would much rather pay one payment for a season or a monthly subscription rather than a donation per film, That way I can just enjoy the films and not become an armchair film critic trying to justify why I am only paying for a rum this time. Take my guilt away!!

    I would like to register my interest in the 1080P versions and hope that it will become available at some point in some format.

    • 11 December, 2014 at 9:59 amdylan winter says:

      Phil

      no need to pay each film – just when you feel like it – or if you want to manipulate me into more of the same

      so leave a comment – the squeeky wheel gets the grease

  5. 16 December, 2014 at 3:49 pmMick says:

    Really enjoyed the film, I intend to make the same trip next year.

    Thanks Dylan and happy Christmas

    Mick

    • 16 December, 2014 at 3:56 pmdylan winter says:

      I think the drifty bit at the end was too long – but I left a fair bit in to show the way the current takes control of the boat – there is something pleasurable in sailing sideways – if you have downloaded it you can always click on through the bits that do not take your fancy. I am also hoping that the frame grabs will help you to find bits of films yu half remember.

      D

  6. 17 December, 2014 at 5:15 amJohn Simmers says:

    Fantastic film Dylan! My wife and I lived in Newark for 3 years from 1993 while I studied violin making at the famous Newark School of Violin Making in Kirk Gate. I used to be a member of the Newark Argonauts Sailing Club while we were there and crewed in Kestrels. Geez it was cold. I recall sailing in the Frostbite Series and I only had a thin short surfing wetsuit that I brought with me from Australia, while the locals were sailing in dry suits. I was really crap at handling the spinnaker so we used to do a fair bit of swimming!

    I haven’t been back there for about 10 years, so it was great to see the river and part of the town. In many ways, it wasn’t such a nice town to live in back then, but I have heard that things have improved. Thanks for bringing back some great memories for us. We also enjoyed the Lincoln film as we spent quite a lot of time there.

    John – Brisbane

  7. 23 December, 2014 at 9:39 ameddie crawford says:

    love the backward “sailing” downriver slomo :-) maybe it was just me but i giggled for most of it. (we once got hailed in Kylerhea for sailing backwards/going with the current – “do you need a tow?” hard to explain why its just plain fun)

    • 23 December, 2014 at 10:14 amdylan winter says:

      I have sometimes found myself being offered help to get off a mud bank where I have carefully stranded myself so that I can watch the birds or the seals. As for sailing backwards and sideways – I love doing that. Once I had sailed this way I understood why the barges had square sails

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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZ9QxSL1JlE

      as long as the boat is going at a different speed from the water then you have some bite on the tiller. I am told that the barges used to drag chains to create this effect – although a sail is better. The only time it does not work is when the wind is going at exactly the same speed as the water. in a calm you get an apparent wind of four knots which is enough to give you some control

  8. 24 December, 2014 at 9:26 pmEddie crawford says:

    Cheers for that – dragging the chain- did they sometimes have an anchor on the end, but chain kept deliberately short so that anchor would not set? Drudging. Have been meaning to try it. Merry christmas!

  9. 7 May, 2016 at 8:36 pmRobert says:

    Looks like you spent most of the return trip going sideways or backwards?

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