Ship's log

Tue, 26th February 2013 Edith Gray

GRAY, Edith: Late of Hardwick House Retirement Home, passed away peacefully after a short illness at Eastbourne District General Hospital on 5 February 2013 at the age of 92. Her family and friends will commemorate her at a Requiem at 12 noon on Friday 1st March at Our Lady of Ransom Catholic Church, Grove Road, Eastbourne, followed by Committal at Eastbourne Crematorium. Family flowers only, please, but gifts in memory can be sent to Haine & Son Funeral Directors, 19 South Street, Eastbourne, BN21 4UJ, for The Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Mon, 31st December 2012 Joining the 21st Century

we have finally joined the 21st Century and published a Facebook page, check it out to see some great photoes from the last couple of years of voyaging and competing.  ...we do hope you like it and let us know!

Please take a minute to have a look at our Itinerary for 2013 ...Lots of Wildlife and Wilderness, as we head up to the Isles of Hebrides on Scotlands West Coast.  Also Breton Festivals, Falmouth and the Scillies;  And of course plenty of time at sea.

Tue, 14th August 2012 The French and British Festivals

We have been a bit busy over the last couple of months, hence no log entries.  But we have had a great time at the French Festivals of Brest and Douarnenez over in Brittany.  The French really do know how to lay on a great Festival, and the weather once we got there was beautiful too, sunny days and a fresh breeze. 

Returning via Ushant we headed for the "Plymouth Classic Boat Rally" and "Fowey Classics" where we managed to pick up a few more trophies including "The Most 'Ansom Transom" which is the most covetted trophy for showing off under full sail in the confines of Fowey harbour ("Edith Gray" is like a big dinghy in those situations!).

Returning leisurely via turquoise water and white sandy beaches of the Isles of Scilly  "Edith Gray" is now back in Pembrokeshire awaiting her next adventure.

Mon, 9th July 2012 Panerai Classic Round the Island

We have just finished a couple of days sailing with a great crew, competing in the Panerai Round the Island Race, and mixing with some of the loveliest boats on the water.

Now we are preparing "Edith Gray"  for the Trip over, to the Brest and Douarnenez Festivals in Brittany, water and night sailing!

Mon, 2nd July 2012 Round the Island Race

We had some great racing in force 5 to 6. 1600 boats took part this year in various classes. There were some hectic moments heading down to the Needles from Cowes. That many boats in such a small area meant that there were plenty of near misses; but once round the needles the fleet spread out a bit and the sky cleared and the sun came out, and with the wind on the quarter we flew along, coming second in class to “Jolie Brise” who I must say was sailed beautifully.

Wed, 27th June 2012 Single Handed Around Lands End

Just delivered “Edith Gray” from Milford Haven in Pembrokeshire, around lands end to the Solent in one hit, in time for the “Round the Island Race”.

Due to leaving at such short notice I ended up single handing her, cat napping for two nights. I have a windvane self steering gear that can be bolted on for these occasions, and for such a heavy boat, she's surprisingly easy to sail short handed.

All in all a very enjoyable trip.

Wed, 6th June 2012 Pilot Cutter Fastnet Race

What a great race the Pilot Cutter Fastnet  turned out to be.  A battle of giants, especially when one's competing against boats like Mascotte and Marguerite.  It was almost a one tack race with constant trimming of sails as the wind came round from the East through South to SouthWest, until at the end we were close hauled or at times or easing the sheets for a close reach. We had a fine crew who worked hard to keep "Edith Gray" going as fast as possible.   Mascotte got line honours being first to round the rock followed by us on "Edith Gray". We won the Challenge Cup on corrected time, and Also won our Class Cup. A very successful race following a very successful campaign.

Mon, 28th May 2012 Great Racing at St Mawes

The racing at St Mawes Pilot Cutter Review was as tough and enjoyable as ever this year.   We had quite a fight on our hands, coming up against fast boats and very good crews, .. it was a close race to the finish.  On handicap we managed to get two first places and two second with only one line honors this year but we managed to win the Championship again.  We had a great crew and consistent good starts and a very fine vessel to battle on.  We would like to say a very warm thank you to Classic Sailing who organize this event and all the crews aboard the other Pilot Cutters for their tenacity and good sportsmanship.

We are now in Falmouth preparing "Edith Gray" for the Pilot Cutter Fastnet Race which will finish in Baltimore Southern Ireland, and some proper offshore racing.  This is what these vessels were made for and we're looking forward to getting the salt spray on her decks again.

Wed, 28th December 2011 Winter Sailing

We have been having some great sailing over the winter months in Milford Haven.  It really is a stunning place out of season, as it's relatively sheltered with the whole of Pembrokeshire on the doorstep. 

"Edith Gray" is available for group charter throughout the winter months, ...if you would like a break to burn up some of those Christmas calories just give us a call!

Sat, 10th September 2011 Surfing up the Bristol Channel!

Brought our Pilot Cutter back to Bristol for some filming last week.  Gale force winds led to some exiting sailing up the Bristol Channel surfing from crest to crest.  Broke the booming out pole (we'll need to make a heftier one).  Planning to head back to Milford Haven this week for the Autumn itinerary. if anyone would like to join us  (cost food and expenses) Let me know.

Fri, 2nd September 2011 A Pembrokeshire Autumn

We have now brought the Pilot Cutter "Edith Gray" , back up to Milford Haven to be based there until Christmas.  The Autumn trips will focus on the spectacular  Pembrokeshire Coastline, and we will also be running courses in Traditional Boat Handling under Sail.  So for all of you wanting to sail a 17 tonne Gaffer on and off a pontoon, here's your chance!

Tue, 23rd August 2011 "Edith Gray" Beats "Jolie Bris" Record

"Edith Gray" has beaten "Jolie Bris" Fastnet Record set in 1925.

The Pilot Cutter "Jolie Bris" built in 1913, won the First Fastnet race of 1925, then went on to win in 1929 and 1930.  her best time was 6 days, 2 hours and 45 minutes.

"Edith Gray" completed the 2011 Fastnet race in 6 days, 1 hour and 49 minutes, beating "Jolie Bris" record by 56 min.

Tue, 23rd August 2011 Successful Fastnet Campaign

Edith Gray had a great Fastnet race.   Six days of hard sailing ranging from dead calm to force 7,   regularly averaging eight knots over the 650 miles, and finishing almost a day ahead of her rivals Morwenna and Maybird.

With Eight crew aboard, the vessel was pushed harder than normal,  keeping the large topsail up throughout some nights of force five to six,  ....rail under, and waves sweeping the decks.  On one night alone we put sixty five miles between "Edith Gray" and her nearest rivals.  

With all this Wild Sailing the crew still found time for the better things in life,  ...Champagne and canapes rounding the fasnet rock, ...and home made Banofi Pie bashing to windward in a force six.

A Great Crew and a Great Race, .....already planning for the next Fastnet, now for 2013!!

Wed, 10th August 2011 Ready for the Fastnet

Edith Gray is now in Southampton, ready for the start of the Fastnet.  We had a good sail round lands end gusting force 7 from Falmouth to the Solent,  she really flew!

Last minute preparations now for the Fastnet which starts this Sunday the 14th.

Wed, 10th August 2011 Falmouth Classics

Edith Gray came first place in her race at Falmouth Classics, though being the only 30ft to 40ft boat to enter doesn't mean that much! we had to beat the class ahead of us (the over 40ft) which we managed.   Great weather but a lack of classic vessels.

Tue, 26th July 2011 Bristol Harbour Festival, weekend of 30th & 31st July

If you would like to come down and have a look and a chat,  s/v Edith Gray will be in pride of place at the Bristol Harbour Festival this year moored alongside the Amphitheater.

Mon, 27th June 2011 Pembrokeshire Discovery

Last weekend we made our first trip to the stunning Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. We were not disappointed, having anchored off the island of Skomer we were enthralled to be visited on board by puffins and to have Manx shearwaters fly close by on their way to their evening landfall on Skomer.Saturday saw us make a tour of the island itself and then make the exciting passage up through Jack Sound. Our departure was necessitated by our needing to sail north but we know that we will be making an early return to Pembrokeshire and that its coastline offers us many prospective adventures and fresh discoveries. We are still very much getting to know Edith Gray and the more time we spend down below at a peaceful anchorage the more we recognize her comfort and homely qualities. 

Thu, 23rd June 2011 pembrokeshire

Milford Haven this weekend before heading up for the Lyver Trophy Race from Holyhead - Howth.  Plan to visit the wild Islands off the Pembrokeshire Coast,  great time to see the sea birds, seals and dolphines.

Tue, 31st May 2011 29th May 'Edith Gray' wins World Pilot Cutter Review !

After an exhilarating weekend's sailing 'Edith Gray' emerged as convincing overall winners of the annual Pilot Cutter Review held at St Mawes, she won all four races on handicap and was a clear first over the line winner in two. Her jubilant skipper and crew are convinced that there is still better to come from this newest member of the pilot cutter fleet.

Sat, 14th May 2011 Passage round Lands End

We are hard at work preparing "Edith Gray" for her trip around Lands end to Falmouth, in readiness for the Pilot Cutters Review at the end of May,  Why not join us for this iconic passage. contact info@wildsailing for last minute prices / deals