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After a bit of a delay our 2022 Schedule is now up and running on the Website and bookings are already coming in so if you’re planning on sailing with us this year it’s time to have a browse and see what adventures await!
Inside this Issue
Inside this Issue
What a bizarre 18 months! From the anticipation of preparing the boat for her 12th season to a summer spent hiding under the winter cover fixing deck seams, to the planning (and replanning, and replanning, and replanning) of an ever-shrinking 13th year, to finally getting to sea again but with just one major destination available – Skipper Nic looks back on the 2020’s so far…
In the previous article we had a look at parking up when the touchdown zone was a nice long stretch of pontoon, but what about when it’s a wall, piles or even (shudder) a finger berth? As our series on boat handling under engine comes to an end, Skipper Nic looks at a few of the more, esoteric, landings we might be required to perform.
There’s much to love about Spaghetti Puttanesca. It’s tasty, it’s incredibly fast to make, it’s easy to turn it vegetarian (or even vegan), and apart from the onion and garlic (both of which store pretty well on board) it’s entirely made from store-cupboard ingredients. We often have this on arrival after a passage because the sauce can be knocked up in advance of landfall and then the whole thing comes together in minutes but still looks and tastes amazing.
After much careful checking with the RYA and British Marine (who have been liaising with “the powers that be”) we are now happy to announce that we will be recommencing normal charter operations on 28 May 2021. Our revamped Summer Schedule is now live on the website and we are really looking forward to welcoming you all aboard once more, and to GOING SAILING! For more about our Covid-19 cancellation policies and what we will be doing to keep you safe onboard, please read on.
We are delighted that the government’s roadmap out of lockdown (and the NHS’s amazing mass vaccination efforts which are enabling it) mean that it looks like we will be able to start sailing again in just a few months’ time. We still need to get some clarifications before we can finalise our 2021 Schedule however, so please bear with us for just another couple of weeks and then we’ll finally be able plan a fantastic summer of sailing together! In the meantime, read on for the latest updates on our Covid-19 responses, cancellation policies, and on board safety procedures.
The Isles of Scilly are a stunning destination, but getting there, staying there and moving around the islands can be a complicated and expensive business. Skipper Nic makes the case for why a trip to the Islands aboard the Amelie Rose is the best of all the available options and provides you with maximum bang for your buck.
It’s been a weird month it really has. We began full of hope – about to move the boat up to Gosport for her annual lift-out as we entered final preparations for the 2020 season. Now, as April draws to a close, we’re locked-down on the Beaulieu River, down-rigged with the Winter covers back on, wondering if there will be any sailing at all this year.
It’s been a lovely day’s sailing, our pilotage cut the mustard and we’ve snuck into port just before the “Harbour Full” sign went up. But before we can take a sip of something ice-cold and refreshing we’ve still got to get the boat alongside and tied up safely. As this series on close-quarters boat handling draws to a close, Skipper Nic turns an eye to that final piece of the puzzle – getting alongside without becoming that evening’s gossip in the harbour-side taverns…
Gliding, warping and winding sound more like the pastimes of a pilot, a Star Trek fan and a horologist but as the Skipper points out, they’re techniques that can also come in handy when manoeuvring traditional long keel vessels around a harbour too. This time they continue their series on close quarters boat handling under engine by looking at ferry gliding and a couple of rope tricks.
This simple vegetarian curry makes for brilliant warming passage food – and is flexible enough to soak up any “leftover” veggies from the fridge. Although there’s no reason that you couldn’t throw some chicken in too, the veggie version is pretty quick to cook making it a regular on Amelie Rose’s menu plans. We normally pair it up with some mini naan’s and Amelie Rose’s Idiot Proof Rice but it could equally well serve as a veggie side to a meaty curry or a dahl if you want to push the boat out.
One of the first recipes that we tried out when we started to introduce more plant-based meals to Amelie Rose’s galley, this fabulous vegetarian bolognaise sauce has become a firm favourite with all our crews. Easily upgradable to fully vegan with the replacement of the cheese and cream with plant-based options it has a real depth of flavour and is surprisingly quick to knock up.
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