Uber creek crawling – shallow enough for you lads?

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

24 Responses to “Uber creek crawling – shallow enough for you lads?”

  1. 13 August, 2017 at 3:26 pmjack says:

    You had me at gunkholing…………

  2. 13 August, 2017 at 5:30 pmdylan winter says:

    It is like playing with the micro-geography. I love being deep in the marshes and listening to the birds.

  3. 13 August, 2017 at 8:08 pmHerman Verheij says:

    Brings back good memories: when our children were young I used to tell them, when we saw the tide coming in quietly like in this video: “Look, this is the universe in action”…

    But are you serious about disturbing the peace and quiet of the place by sending a drone buzzing over the marsh?



  4. 13 August, 2017 at 9:31 pmdylan winter says:

    I agree – it will an intrusion – however occasionally jetskiers get in there and motorised hand gliders come in low so an eight minute run with a low flying drove will not be too much of an imposition.


  5. 13 August, 2017 at 9:56 pmHerman Verheij says:

    Ha! That’s a rather slippery slope of reasoning you’re on, my young friend! Are you rally saying “I know that what I’m doing is wrong, but somebody else is guilty of greater sins and therefore, what I do is right, really”?

    Methinks there may be a Jesuit hidden somewhere inside you…



  6. 13 August, 2017 at 10:04 pmdylan winter says:

    on that basis I should not be there at all…. if you listen to the birds then you can hear their alarm calls…. although they are the same as the ones they sound when a harrier comes over, or a walker passes along the sea wall.

    The animals in the UK live with a degree of disturbance…. from predators, humans and their dogs.

    Of course the whole river would be a better place if no-one was allowed on it at all…. and that is true of most of the places where we sail.

    One of the reasons the solent is a brilliant place for birdwatching is that the birds down there are very used to boats and humans coming close to them.

  7. 13 August, 2017 at 10:30 pmHerman Verheij says:

    Ah – we seem to be talking about different kinds of disturbance.

    My concern was the peace and quiet for those who are around enjoying an undisturbed few hours on the marshes – and I was thinking of some comments somebody made earlier about mobo’s… And personally I hate jetskis as much as I think you do!

    You on the other hand seem to argue that for the birds it doesn’t make much of a difference, that they are used to it and really don’t mind a little additional buzzing all that much. On that you’re probably right.

    By the way, I’m looking forward to see the next videos of the long journey, and I’ll be ready with the Paypal-thing.


  8. 13 August, 2017 at 10:41 pmjulian fisk says:

    You should take the duck punt out there and use a poll like the wildfowler chaps used to, it looks ideal duck punt country. Hell if you give me a call I will come down and bring my punt for a ditch crawl with you. If your water gets any shallower you might as well go out in your wellies. Looks awesome

  9. 13 August, 2017 at 11:46 pmBryanD says:

    Two creeks diverged in a green marsh,
    And sorry I could not sail both
    And be one explorer, I pondered and said “harsh”
    And looked down one as far as I could
    To where it bent in the slimey grey mud.

    Sorry couldn’t resist it!

  10. 14 August, 2017 at 7:56 amdylan winter says:

    where did that come from B?


  11. 14 August, 2017 at 11:46 amRiley Morgan says:

    “Down but not out” ???
    I would say not down or out.
    Rather on the water in any type of craft – does not matter.
    Its being there that counts. Very pleasant.
    Thanks for sharing.

  12. 14 August, 2017 at 4:38 pmHenrik Scheel says:

    I was watching this video on TV when my 7 year old son came in the room.

    Son: What are you watching?
    Me: I am watching a sailing movie.
    -At this point there was no person in the picture only forward pointing camera from rowing vessel and silence.

    Son: Is it he who looks like Donald Trump?
    Me: (After laughing) This is the Englishman I normally watch.
    -Then D started speaking in the movie but no person yet visible .

    Son: Sounds like he who looks like Donald Trump.

    -And when the camera was put on D’s face.

    Son: It IS he who looks like Donald Trump!

    …So D for Donald?

  13. 14 August, 2017 at 7:58 pmRonG says:

    Hahaha…..He’s right! Trump’s revenge for all the previous I guess. No wonder you hide out in the marshes.
    I was running around there this morning trying to expand the lungs and get rid of a persistent cough, lovely sunshine, few people around, stop every now and again to look at the boats. I know you weren’t around else I’m sure i would have heard your oars clattering away in the distance, get them sorted,
    Does that count as a minor rollicking?
    Back up north now. Cloudy. No wonder you ran away.

  14. 14 August, 2017 at 8:13 pmdylan winter says:

    just tell him that I am a much nicer person than Donald Trump

  15. 14 August, 2017 at 8:13 pmdylan winter says:

    I like slack crutches

  16. 14 August, 2017 at 11:31 pmBryanD says:

    But Dylan’s needs are many fold and soon he explored some more,
    And strange things happened to Ron G who was jogging nearby one day.
    Was that the reeds a-rustling? Or the slapping of water in ditches?
    Or was it Dylan’s clattering oars a rattling in their crutches?

    They won’t forget Dylan, (Dylaaaaaaaan)
    As he rowed the fastest blue scow in the East

  17. 14 August, 2017 at 11:33 pmBryanD says:

    The Road Not Taken
    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
    And sorry I could not travel both
    And be one traveler, long I stood
    And looked down one as far as I could
    To where it bent in the undergrowth;…………

  18. 15 August, 2017 at 7:38 amdylan winter says:

    aha…. now I get it. Well written parody – frosty and donaldson working in harness. Of course the water flow tells you whcih is the main channel.

  19. 15 August, 2017 at 9:17 pmRonG says:

    You know, if Dylan wore a pair of NHS round specs he’d be the spit of Benny Hill too. Obviously a man of many faces. All he needs is a posse of yachty babes to start chasing him at the end of every film and he’d get so many taps he’d be back in business in no time. You might have started something Bryan!

  20. 16 August, 2017 at 7:41 amZoran says:

    ….All he needs is a posse of yachty babes to start chasing him at the end of every film and he’d get so many taps he’d be back in business in no time……
    me thinks this is an excellent idea and should not be to $$$$$ to do….. what do you think Dylan ? maybe get a local cheerleaders to help the cause…… I am sure Jill would understand !
    On more serious note – I really enjoyed the gunholking video.

  21. 16 August, 2017 at 7:45 amdylan winter says:

    It was an experiment…..to see if people would watch it… they did.


  22. 16 August, 2017 at 10:58 pmBryanD says:

    I enjoyed it,
    Every time I drive over a bridge I look down on the river below and wonder……. “has a boat ever got this far upstream?”. A canoe can of course but then that’s cheating.

  23. 17 August, 2017 at 7:53 amdylan winter says:

    me too… every time. I also love driving across bridges I have taken the boat under


  24. 17 August, 2017 at 8:15 pmBryanD says:

    So the challenge with a few house rules is: How close can you sail / row / punt / paddle a boat to the source of a river?
    House rules:
    Boat must never leave the water
    At least one Crew member must remain on board at all times
    Boat must turn around and make the return trip – no reversing with the current
    No engines, not even electric
    Start and finish point must be recognised ‘end of navigation’
    Photo of boat and crew at furthest point giving grid ref and name of river

    Have I missed anything out?

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