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  • Topsail Adventures Ltd
    holidays aboard Pilot Cutter Amelie Rose our replica 1850 s Isles of Scilly Pilot Cutter Join us for an adventure sailing holiday along the South Coast of England cruising the Solent West Country and Isles of Scilly as well as around the Channel Islands and Brittany Coast and to traditional boat festivals like Yarmouth Old Gaffers YOGaff the St Mawes Pilot Cutter Review Brest Festival Les Tonnerres de Brest 2012

    Original URL path: http://www.topsail-adventures.co.uk/index.php/component/option,com_performs/Itemid,316/formid,22/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Topsail Adventures Ltd - Testimonials
    I had to write and say thank you for the wonderful week we spent with you last August As you remember it was my first experience of yachting and I was nervous and apprehensive but my wife had asked to go as a birthday treat and she loves sailing On our arrival you made us so welcome and my nervousness was soon overcome by your professional manner We carried out the man overboard drill and I felt totally confident you both knew what you were doing We had asked to go to a good fish restaurant on my wife s birthday and your choice was first class All in all my first experience in sailing was wonderful even with the choppy seas and we look forward to sharing another week with you in the future Thank you both for a wonderful experience Penny Spencer Nottingham We were confident that we were in capable hands We received full health and safety instructions including the use of the emergency radio on board before we set off from the marina We had a delicious lunch at a pub that we were able to moor up close to due to Nick and Melisa s excellent knowledge of local amenities and places to visit when we were not sailing Ryan Spencer Nottingham Nick and Melisa were very welcoming hosts I enjoyed the sail to Cowes It was a bonus that there was a major power boat race taking place at the time of the sail We had front row seats for all the action from this Josh Spencer Nottingham I had a fantastic time and learned lots of sailing knots Dale Spencer Nottingham I felt confident and assured in the company of such experienced instructors Martin Rosser London Having never sailed before I approached the

    Original URL path: http://www.topsail-adventures.co.uk/index.php/Testimonials/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Topsail Adventures Ltd - Amelie Rose and the Hungry Sailors The Whole Story...
    Plymouth our first stop After rounding Rame Head and faffing around on the VHF for a while trying to hold of the Harbour guys we finally manage to find and enter Royal William Yard On our chart there s no information of this place at all but I d been assured by the producers that it d all be fine and getting in proved to be just that albeit through a very tight entrance Unfortunately thanks to wind and tide getting out proves to be a very different matter and with filming time running short the crew head off via road to their next segment Steve and I then spend about 2 hours of head scratching and rope work turning Amelie Rose in her berth to buy us a chance of getting out without trashing the boat or marina By this time it s too late for anything else but finding a place to stay for the evening and we anchor up in the St Germans river a short way up the Tamar After an interesting evening where we discover that we d anchored directly over an unmarked wreck to which Amelie Rose seemed to have become particularly attached we pick up a friend of Steve s and sail over to the Yealm a beautiful river just a couple of miles East of Plymouth where the rest of episode 1 will be filmed It s a beautiful morning with a light Southerly breeze allowing us to get nearly all of Amelie Rose s canvas aloft shame the film crew weren t there really and we have a thoroughly enjoyable beat out of Plymouth Sound before reaching over to the Yealm Encouraged by the morning s endeavours we elect to sail into the river which we achieve with just centimetres under the keel as we cross the entrance bar dropping canvas just off Newton Ferrers then motoring back out to just shy of the first bend in the river where our mooring is We re re joined by the Crew in the afternoon and do some entry exit shots before the crew depart leaving Dick and James aboard It s a lovely evening so we head up to the Dolphin for some nosh and a couple of pints before returning to Amelie Rose to check out the contents of a bottle of whisky bought for Dick by his mum After a while this leads to the munchies and half the pasty which is as much as we can fit in our oven is demolished Cook day dawns and it s time for an ingenious contraption this time a bicycle pump sausage maker This works remarkably well albeit with a worrying backblast of sausage meat when the the handle is withdrawn for a refill Afterwards the foredeck of Amelie Rose looks like a butchers shop after an experiment in mincing meat with a hand grenade the sausages are worth the effort though and the guests seem happy enough when I take them

    Original URL path: http://www.topsail-adventures.co.uk/index.php/Features/Amelie-Rose-and-the-Hungry-Sailors-The-Whole-Story/Episode-1-Back-to-the-Beginning.html (2016-04-26)
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  • Topsail Adventures Ltd - Amelie Rose and the Hungry Sailors The Whole Story...
    say that the Harbour guys did us proud on this visit They had kept a mooring free for us opposite the Ferry Inn and were very helpful throughout the whole visit When it came to leaving they didn t sting us and saw us off with a cheery wave so if you ve avoided this place for a while please head back and give them another go It is a stunning harbour We meet up with the team in the afternoon to do some shooting aboard of Amelie Rose s entry into Salcombe and then it s time for a bit of ingenious contraptioning Amelie Rose is to have her very own barbeque I watch with interest as a full size Webber comes aboard along with half of B Q What emerges might not be the most handsome boat BBQ in the world but is functional and has a quick release mechanism so that we can eject it should anything go awry Day 2 of this shoot has no Amelie Rose scenes so Steve and I busy ourselves with maintenance and replacing the gas they gone through a bottle already Steve has been working on a set of ratlines for Amelie Rose s starboard shrouds enabling us to climb up the rig to get at things up the mast whilst at sea With a day to kill progress on these is good until the wind kicks in later in the day making it a bit dicey up there In the afternoon we are surprised by Clivey the Crab fisherman dumping a bunch of live crabs on our deck Unsure quite what to do with them we pop them in a bucket and top it up with seawater The water gets progressively murkier as the day continues and the crab activity level drops to zero but there s not much that we can do about that as with two full buckets of crabs we have no way of changing the water we only have two deck buckets In the evening we meet up with Dick and James for a pint or 3 in the Ferry Inn and then adjourn with some friends they ve met back to the Amelie Rose Once back aboard James and I confer about the status of the we re pretty sure now dead crabs and decide that they re certainly not going to make it all the way through to the cook day With this they are dispatched to the deep we hope to come back to life It s only when a slightly tense Dick points out that they ve had their claw tendons cut that we realise that already dead or not we hadn t just performed a mercy mission Ooops Calls are made to Clivey bless him who will bring more healthy specimens in the morning this time in a creel so they ll stay that way Cook day dawns and soon it s time to fire up the BBQ and cook the

    Original URL path: http://www.topsail-adventures.co.uk/index.php/Features/Amelie-Rose-and-the-Hungry-Sailors-The-Whole-Story/Episode-2-Crustacean-Slaughter-in-Salcombe.html (2016-04-26)
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  • Topsail Adventures Ltd - Amelie Rose and the Hungry Sailors The Whole Story...
    at Dittisham and then the team are off again to film near Totnes The next filming for us is to retrieve the gang from Sharphams Vineyard a way up river but tides dictate that we can t get Amelie Rose up there and back in the daylight most of the river past Dittisham is unlit and so not good for navigation in a big vessel at night In the end to get the shots they need I take Rubber Rose our inflatable dinghy four miles or so up river to pick up the guys and their bikes and then with the director happy with his footage drop them off again and motor all the way back to Amelie Rose It took about an hour each way and as darkness fell on the way back it was pretty chilly but I really enjoyed the trip it s such a stunning river The next day we re up early again as the guys pile aboard to build the ingenious contraption for this episode This time it s a solar egg cooker made from an old satellite dish about a mile of tin foil and a wooden frame The egg sits in a little coddler held at the point of the dish s focus by wires secured to the frame It had been a sunny morning and yet as the finishing touches were applied cloud appeared right on schedule Even with the British weather playing silly buggers though they did manage to poach the egg after 15 mins or thereabouts so a win for the boys At 4 eggs an hour though I was glad we d already eaten breakfast After this the team head off and Steve and I had another day of maintenance before meeting up with Dick and James for a beer at the pub that evening and heading back to Amelie Rose for the night Windy and showery is the order of the next day the last cook off aboard of this filming block Steve does his best to rig a canopy to keep those of us stuck on deck at least a little bit dry without driving sound man Matt too nuts with the noise of flapping I m pushed into service again to sample the delights of Plum stuffed pork and Poached pear and get to meet with Andy and Mandy from Laydilay Eggs who turn out to have a similar throw it all up and do something that you re passionate about story as Melisa and I After tidying up I m lucky enough to be able to cadge a lift back to Dorset with Matt whilst Steve stays down in Dartmouth looking after Amelie Rose who with no other trips planned for the next few days stays where she is for this break in filming Hungry Sailors Summary Total miles sailed so far 68 Gas Bottles Used 1 Ingenious Contraption Solar Egg Cooker Contributors Eggstatic LAYDILAY Chicks get in on the act with help from

    Original URL path: http://www.topsail-adventures.co.uk/index.php/Features/Amelie-Rose-and-the-Hungry-Sailors-The-Whole-Story/Episode-3-A-Dittsum-Egg-Dish.html (2016-04-26)
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  • Topsail Adventures Ltd - Amelie Rose and the Hungry Sailors The Whole Story...
    like a catering van when the guys are shooting aboard whilst we get the odd meal most of the time we re feeding them Tuesday brings some motoring action as we film the long trip from Dittisham to Dartmouth and back Due to time constraints filming entry in past Dartmouth Castle is cancelled which is a shame it s such a stunning entrance Steve and I do get invited to sample the delights of local delicacy Dartmouth Pie however Dartmouth Pie is interesting Imagine a pork pie casing filled instead with chunks of lamb in a thick gravy surrounded by mincemeat and you ve got the general idea I guess it s like the idea of the original Cornish Pasty with meat at one end and fruit at the other but I can t see it becoming a big line for Greggs We were famished however so the plate got hoovered fairly rapidly regardless of the oddity of it s content Wednesday is our first cook day of this sequence of shoots and passes somewhat in a blur The guys are busy from early on building a tortilla roller on the Dartmouth Harbour side which draws quite a crowd and I have to go and settle up with the Harbourmaster and then am kept busy in our dinghy Rubber Rose shuttling guests and crew back and forth from Amelie Rose who s moored out in the middle of the Harbour We don t get the chance to spend much time with the guests however we do get to meet Rico originator of the Dartmouth Pie and also to chat briefly with Jason from the South Devon Chilli Farm who s kind enough to donate Amelie Rose her very own Chilli Plant which lives somewhat precariously under her main hatch for

    Original URL path: http://www.topsail-adventures.co.uk/index.php/Features/Amelie-Rose-and-the-Hungry-Sailors-The-Whole-Story/Episode-4-Pie-eyed-in-Dartmouth.html (2016-04-26)
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  • Topsail Adventures Ltd - Amelie Rose and the Hungry Sailors The Whole Story...
    without too much of a to do a big relief after our first attempt at entry The team turn up a little later and we re soon off again to make our attempt on Exmouth As we approach phone contact is established with Dave McCabe our local knowledge man who we discover is busy providing a tow to a yacht that had just got into difficulties in the entrance not exactly what we want to hear Dave assures us that entry will be fine gives us coordinates to meet and promises to be there as we arrive And so he is With a quite breathtaking display of boat handling in his RIB followed by swift sure footed clambering that would impress a Chamois he swarms aboard disdainful of the impressively lumpy sea shakes my hand and points out the first entrance buoy all without seeming to pause for breath All I can manage after watching this performance is hey you must be Dave not exactly the best moment of TV I m sure I just hope they captured his entrance Dave turns out to be a real pleasure to know a jack of all marine trades who has converted an ex trawler into a gaff ketch sailing boat pretty much single handed He has sailed her with his wife and young family all over the world and now lives aboard just outside Turf Lock in Exmouth He is also a qualified boatman for most of the local harbours around here and regularly seems to be rescuing folks like the previous yacht in and around Exmouth s tricky entrance His knowledge of the harbour is so obviously encyclopaedic that I m able to relax completely and enjoy the picturesque trip up river to the lock complete with a guided tour and potted history from Dave Once there the lock in process is easy and despite a tight squeeze to get Amelie Rose into her appointed berth we are soon enjoying the wonderful surroundings of The Turf Hotel which we are moored next to Upon looking round to thank our guide maybe with a beer in the Turf we discover than he s gone already to head back to the entrance and tow the yacht that had been in difficulty up to the lock before the Tide turns as there s a blow coming and the mooring he d left them on is a little exposed A real gent After such as exciting day we are all happy to fall into the welcoming arms of Clive and Ginny Redfurn who run the fantastic Turf Hotel for a tasty dinner and a few pints of excellent local ale This pub is a real treat inaccessible by road the only way to get there is by boat bike or good old shanks pony This doesn t appear to reduce it s popularity in any way from what we can tell it was packed every day that we were there and deservedly so Funnily enough

    Original URL path: http://www.topsail-adventures.co.uk/index.php/Features/Amelie-Rose-and-the-Hungry-Sailors-The-Whole-Story/Episode-5-Locked-in-In-Exmouth.html (2016-04-26)
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  • Topsail Adventures Ltd - Amelie Rose and the Hungry Sailors The Whole Story...
    and then only at certain states of weather and tide Practically this means that there are certain windows of opportunity in which to pass by depending on which way you are heading This tidal gate opens for us at 0729 on the Monday morning and as we are moored in Weymouth we have to be up and off at 0530 to be sure that we re in place off the Bill in time Luckily for us the day dawns fair and we catch this Dorset dragon unawares passing peacefully onwards toward Lyme Regis where we arrive in time for lunch Lyme Regis harbour is tidally bound for Amelie Rose meaning that we can only get in or out of the entrance for one hour either side of High Tide Our plan therefore is to sit on a mooring just inside the famous Cobb the breakwater filmed in The French Lieutenant s Woman and wait for the tide to enable our entrance The crew are to join us just as this becomes possible and we ll then film Amelie Rose s arrival and entry Weather and tide conspire against us however As the tide rises we are surprised by a large area of confused water that appears in the entrance to the inner harbour Boats inside the harbour begin to swing wildly around their moorings and standing waves move slowly outwards from the narrow mouth As the crew are dropped off by Graham Forshaw the friendly Harbour Master of this picturesque port we discover that we re observing a Thunderbore The Thunderbore is a weird anomaly which is caused by the combination of high Spring Tides and foul weather from the South that we had experienced a day or so earlier It happens 4 or 5 times a year and is a well known local phenomena A hasty conference between me and Graham concludes that it is not safe to attempt to take a large heavy and ill mannered manoeuvrer like Amelie Rose into an unstable and narrow entrance under these conditions and we instead opt to film Amelie Rose sailing into the Harbour to pick up a mooring under the Cobb As it happens this is exactly what we manage to do without dropping sail or using the engine we are able to pick up the mooring just as these vessels would have done back in the 1800 s It s always a challenge to get this right with 24 tons of momentum and hopefully it ll more than make up for the lack of footage from the inner harbour Tuesday dawns and at lunchtime we re joined by the crew once again who will be aboard for the short sail East along the Jurassic Coast to Bridport or West Bay as the harbour is actually called Whilst planning this segment I had been concerned that we d not have enough depth of water in this harbour but we d been assured by the Harbour team there that the harbour

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