Three Years at sea!

Dan Stroud returned in late May from a marathon voyage in his Rustler 31, Aisling, after a 2 year, 9 month circumnavigation.

Dan set out in September 2017 from Weir Quay Boatyard. He sailed to Spain, Portugal, the Canaries, the Gambia, crossed the Atlantic to Brazil, then Uruguay, Argentina to Ushuaia, through the  Beagle Channel up the west coast of  Chile, across the Pacific to French Polynesia, on to Hawaii, Solomon Islands and Port Moresby on PNG, then across the Indian Ocean to Richards Bay in South Africa, then to Simonstown round the Cape of Good Hope to Cape Town. Up to St.Helena then back across the Atlantic to Bequia in the Grenadines. He left the Caribbean in early April stopping in Horta in the Azores, but was not allowed ashore as restrictions due to Covid-19 started to have an impact. From there, he sailed to Plymouth and arrived there in late May. The Sailing Club celebrated his return with a socially-distanced welcome party!

Dan Stroud returns to Weir Quay
Dan and Aisling being accompanied upriver by Tempus Fugit dressed overall
Welcome party at Weir Quay

Earlier this year Dan was awarded the Jester Medal from the Ocean Cruising Club (OCC). Their citation for Dan read:

The OCC Jester Award goes to Dan Stroud who is sailing around the world in a 31ft Rustler. This award, named after Blondie Hasler’s iconic Folkboat Jester, recognises a noteworthy singlehanded voyage or series of voyages made in a small vessel. Our panel of judges were extremely impressed by Dan’s singlehanded, low tech cruise from the UK to South Africa. He started a circumnavigation in the spirit of challenge and adventure, but his reasons have changed during his time underway. By the time he reached the North Pacific via Ushuaia and the Marquesas, he was feeling he’d had enough. But the logical option was to continue westward – so now he is completing the circumnavigation to return home. He keeps everything simple and low key, with just the basic necessities on board, few electronics or gadgets, and no fridge or shower.

Described as ‘an inveterate traveller and adventurer‘ a full account of how Dan got involved in sailing, his subsequent adventures and how he followed his dream, is available at the following link:


Mooring in Puerto Williams, Chile
A stop at Fatu Hiva
Aisling back on the River Tamar

3rd Winter Talk – Sailing Exploits by our Cadets – Postponed

Bere Alston Bowling Club – Monday 16th March at 19:30 [bar open from 19:00]

ALL WELCOME    £1 payable at the door
Food available too!  Cadets will be selling savoury and sweet food this evening to raise money for their next trip (on Johann Lucretia). 

Our Cadets will recount their adventures on the Tall Ship, the Brixham Trawler Leader.  They enjoyed a fantastic sailing experience on this unique boat – she is one of the largest class of sailing trawler and is rigged now just as she was when she fished under sail, over 100 years ago!
This evening will be a fascinating summary of their experiences, lessons learned and the impact it had on our cadets.  

This was the start of the Cadets’ adventure:

Unfortunately, we have had to postpone the other talk scheduled for this evening, the presentation by HM Coastguard.

This extract from their recent email explains;
” Due to the outbreak of COVID19 (Corona Virus). All Coastguards have just been notified of an embargo on outside visits and meetings until further notice. This is deemed necessary in order to reduce the risk of Coastguard Rescue Officers coming into contact with the virus thus compromising their ability to respond to operational taskings and consequently, that of the team to respond to coastal emergencies as they must do being a statutory emergency service.

I emphasise that the team remains fully operational and ready to respond to emergencies and incidents on the coast 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year despite the embargo.”

Although we are obviously disappointed that the Coastguard have had to postpone their talk, there was real concern on the part of the Cadets that they had too much to fit into the 40 minutes that had been planned for them! So we can now look forward to an extended and entertaining review of last year’s adventure.

Exciting opportunity to improve our Hub!

After a short pause in the work being undertaken in the Boat Club, we can now improve the area to the rear of the interior. We will all benefit from further loos, changing areas and showers, making our Club even more useful to all members of the sailing club and gig club.

We have ordered the cladding for the WCs and changing room in the boat house. This will ensure that the walls are protected, but will also smarten up the whole back area.

John and Sue Lea have stepped up to take the lead to get the cladding installed along with other willing volunteers. If you are interested in helping, please do not hesitate to get in touch with John Lea ( or 07843 380465).

We aim to get started some time after Thursday 27 February; evenings or day working are all possible.

Let’s start the next stage of the development of this great facility!

Coffee and Cake at the Edgcumbe!


The fund-raising coffee morning at the Edgecumbe Hotel on Saturday morning was a great success and raised an impressive £235!

It was organised by Beth West, who is one of the cadets going on the sail training trip aboard Johanna Lucretia in April.

She was assisted by fellow cadet, Richard Platts and members of her own family.

Edgecumbe Coffee Morning 29-02-2020 (2)

The Cadets are planning a Coffee Morning at the Edgcumbe Hotel, Bere Alston on Saturday, 29th February 2020, 9:30am – 12am.

The Cadets are fundraising for the Weir Quay Sailing Club Tall Ship trip in April.

Please join them, enjoy coffee and cake, and support their next great adventure!

Cadets bake to sail!

As part of their fund-raising towards the cost of their sailing trip on Johanna Lucretia in April this year,  some of our cadets organised a cake stall at the Bere Ferrers Saturday Shop on 1st February.

Cadets Rosie and Daisy Duncan, Izzy Hatton and Lucas Hopkins served on the stall and did a wonderful job of both selling their cakes and telling people at the shop about their exciting trip.

Their cake stall raised an amazing total of £85.

Also appearing at the shop were the Bere Ferrers shanty group, The Tavy Tars, who entertained the shop goers with two of their songs and then generously donated to the cadets with a cheque for £300.

The Tavy Tars present our Cadets with a donation of £300 toward this summers tall ships adventure.

2nd Winter Talk – ‘NOT a Voyage for Madmen’

A Talk by John and Sue Chadwick

Bere Alston Bowling Club – Monday 17th February at 19:30 bar opens from 19:00

ALL WELCOME £1 payable at the door (to cover room hire)

‘NOT a Voyage for Madmen’ is about an ordinary sailing couple going long-distance cruising….if ‘ordinary’ is a 21,000 mile, 3 year voyage across the North and South Atlantic!  They claim it is a not story about monstrous waves, hurricanes, capsizes, but the truth may be even more daring!

Dandelion departing Weir Quay, bound for Tierra Del Fuego

Experienced sailors, John and Sue Chadwick decided to set sail in their Pan Oceanic 46, Dandelion, round Cape Horn and back.  They set off in 2016 on this adventure. “We weren’t pitchpoled, dismasted, attacked by pirates or capsized” John says, but the story of their adventure is as gripping as any you will hear.

Another adventurous couple!

Setting sail south to Spain, Portugal, Madeira, the Cape Verdes and then across the Atlantic to Brazil. In 2017 they cruised Brazil and the remote and tortuous rivers of Salvador. They pressed on to Uruguay and into the River Plate and put into Buenos Aires for storm repairs. 2018 saw them cruise further south to Argentina, Patagonia and to anchor in Bahia Buen Suceso in Tierra del Fuego. It was here they lost their kedge anchor – just like Captain Cook. Then on to the Beagle Channel, Cape Horn and the Falklands. They then followed a passage north to the Caribbean and back across the Atlantic returning in September 2019. 

This is their account of that trip!

And you can read more about their adventures through the following link:

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