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Issue 162

13th December 2019

It’s Friday 13th so how about some Sailing Superstitions?

It sometimes amazes me how little knowledge folks have about going to sea in sailing ships. Not that tedious stuff about weather forecasts and which ropes to pull but the really important things like when to whistle and why you should leave your bananas at home. As it is Friday the 13th I thought I’d sort you all out with a list of dos and don’ts to make sure that you don’t bring bad luck along with you when you come sailing next year…

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Why are the French so good at Festivals?

I don’t think it’s just me that thinks so; ask anyone who’s been to Douarnenez or Paimpol and especially to Brest. There’s something incredibly vibrant about them all and it’s got to be more than just Breton flair and Breton Cidre. I’ve been musing about this for a while and have a few thoughts…

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In which Alex Q Guest meets Amelie Rose

In the first of a new series of articles we bring you a guest’s-eye view of what sailing aboard the Amelie Rose is all about. Alex Q Guest is an amalgam of guests that we’ve known and feedback that we’ve had about what we do. We hope that these stories will help to answer the question of “so what’s it like to sail aboard the Amelie Rose?”. Enjoy…

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Amelie Rose’s Dorset Apple Cake

We love Dorset and really enjoyed our time living there. Part of the reason is that any county that chooses this stunning cake as it’s county dish has got to be a winner. Dorset also has the cheeriest County Flag of any we know – but that’s a different tale so let’s get back to the lovely cake.

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Topsail Adventures Launches Amelie Rose’s 2020 Schedule

We are very excited to announce that as of 1330 on Friday 29 November 2019, Amelie Rose’s 2020 schedule is live on her website at It’s packed with great adventures from the Solent to the Isles of Scilly and across the English Channel to the amazing International Maritime Festival at Brest in Northern Brittany. We’re really looking forward to a new decade of adventures and really hope that you will join us aboard.

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