Sat down on Sunday night after the MO activities at the St Peters winter series on the Tyne to watch ‘Britain and the Sea’ presented by veteran presenter David Dimbleby in which he ‘explores Britain’s maritime culture’ in the first of a four part series on BBC One. David was sailing his gaffer ROCKET which is a Heard 28 design, during his first voyage he is helped by the ‘paid hand’ who helps look after and maintain the boat and Josh and Eliza. One hopes in the next episode that David and the crew will have all fitted to their lifejackets crutch straps as lifejackets are in my opinion almost a waste of space unless the strap is worn and that at the least he will be taking on board some Boarding Ring glasses or a seasickness and travel sickness Relief Band for poor old Josh and Eliza!
Where else would you see a bearded lady(s), correction attractive young fillies with MO's? Well, there they were, flashing their facial hair, the crew members on Buddy, Colin Davidson's sports boat and Athol’s MR Big. Not only was competition fierce but the competition to win the prizes on offer for the best Mo's was cut throat and that was before they shave them off!
Anyway, almost two hundred pounds was raised to add to the Storrar MOrine Chandlery team coffers. Grateful thanks to all those who entered into the spirit of the day and those companies that helped by donating prizes, in no particular order: St Peters Marina, Seago, Orca Bay, Gill, Musto and Gul
- Best MOteam, by a close shave, were the guys on Mr. Big
- Best MOsportsboat, by a whisker, the team on Wild Reiver
- Best MOfemale crew, by a hair's breadth, Anne Ainsworth
- Best MOmale, by a mature mustache, Bob Baird
- Best MOrib crew, by a natural look, Nick Thwaites
- Best MOspectator, by a short hair, Lorraine Thwaites
- Best MOrace Officer, by the real mccoy Tony Ainsworth
Next weekend the MOSailing MOstorrar mustachioed mystros movement moves to (RMOYC) at Blyth, MOrthumberland where we hope beyond hope that we can raise even more MOsh,
PS there will be MOre great prizes on offer from the likes of Spinlock, Dubarry, Marathon, Gul and Harken
If you're interested in our progress heres a link to out Movember Team Page http://uk.movember.com/team/990741
If you have a couple of spare hours and are in the Tynemouth area you could fill in the time by wandering round the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade headquarters. The attached watch house museum displays artefacts, pictures and relics from old shipwrecks chronicling the history of lifesaving on our coastline since 1864. Opening Hours - Tuesday to Saturday - 10.00h to 15.00h Sunday - 10.00h to 12.00h. For more information, visit the website - www.tvlb.org
The Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade is a voluntary shore based coastal rescue service founded in 1864. We are a Declared Facility to HM Coastguard for Rope Rescue, Coastal Search and Rescue and one of the last remaining trained teams for Ship to Shore Breeches Buoy Rescue. Operating from our Watch House Museum in Tynemouth on the North East coast of England, we work closely with all the emergency services including the local RNLI, (to which we have no affiliation or connection apart from that they are a declared facility like ourselves). In recent years the Brigade has averaged over 120 callouts a year and these range from monitoring and gathering information on broken down boats to recovering cliff casualties from our coastline.
No, we are not talking about the super group that has an affiliation with the RNYC (The Blistering BaRNYCles) but a talk this Saturday the 7th as part of the British Science Festival that runs from the 7th to the 12th of September and hosted by Newcastle University.
The talk is actually entitled "Chemistry, Coatings and Barnacles: The solution to a self-cleaning bottom", and the description - 'Blistering barnacles! These pesky crustaceans just love to hitch a ride on the hulls of ships causing no end of problems. Come and explore the chemistry of super non-stick high performance coatings and drop in for feeding time at Barnacle Boat!'. Its organised by AkzoNobel who many of us North Easterners know are the parent company of International Paints based on Tyneside. Their ‘retail antifouling range’ includes: Cruiser Uno, Micron, Trilux, Bottomcoat, VC Offshore, Interspeed Ultra to name but a few! The venue is the Discovery Museum and it runs from 10.00 till 17.00.
'One to watch' and out this autumn (AFTER you have undertaken your summer cruise) is the film ‘ALL IS LOST’ Robert Redford who is the only actor in the film received a standing ovation at the Cannes 2013 film festival for playing the part of the distressed sailor. Perhaps he would not have been so upset if before setting out, he had logged onto www.marinechandlery.com and purchased either the Kannad Safe Link Solo or the very compact Ocean Signal Rescue Me PLB. A Standard Horizon HX851E waterproof hand held with DSC facility would have also have been a good bit of kit to throw into his grab bag.
As for the shark circling round his liferaft, our recommendation for what it’s worth would be to grab your Gill Marine Rescue knife and if you cannot gouge their eyes out at least you won’t puncture the raft attempting to do so as it features a blunt tip!
If you haven't already, we stock a couple useful books that will teach you what you need to know about Sea Survival and the essentials to pack in your Grab Bag but make sure you read them before (god forbid) you're stepping up into your life-raft.
Incidentally this rugged survival at sea story was mainly shot in the BAJA studios in Mexico (its where they filmed the 1997 version of Titanic) The film is released in America this Autumn and critics are saying that is better than the Perfect Storm.
With the overnite race/cruising season now almost upon us, working on deck in the dark you need a reliable, bullet and waterproof torch that you can rely on. The X2 ‘searchlight’ has been endorsed by the Norwegian Sea Rescue Association and is mandatory for the world’s largest overnight race, ' 'The Færder ' which starts on the 7th June 2013 has over 1100 boats taking part. Incidentally, The X2 has been named as 'one of the ten best bits of boating kit 2013' in Motor Boat Monthly. The high power X1 however is proving very popular. Its features include red and white output, S.O.S, strobe and positive buoyancy. As a personal torch the little XS can be worn around the neck with the lanyard supplied, the bright yellow silicon band apart from helping one find it, enables hands free operation if you ‘hold it between your teeth!
Sneaky pic taken in the chandlery yesterday, seems like Alan Botcherby is looking for inspiration or more likely hoping to win when round two of the Brilliant Blyth Boating Bake Off is held. Alan was telling our snapper in the chandlery that because he had 'only cooked curry and rice' and not a pie he had been disqualified from the last race. I reckon as well as carrying a cook book on board (incidentally the One Pan Galley Gourmet is one of the prizes we have put up) he should also have had a copy of the Eric Twiname 20013-16 Rules Book onboard, however not sure what or which rule(s) should apply when cooking is evolved!