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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

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  • Topsail Adventures Ltd - Amelie Rose and the Hungry Sailors The Whole Story...
    know me my name is Nick Beck and I m the owner and skipper of Pilot Cutter Amelie Rose a traditional wooden boat that stars in ITV s new food travelogue The Hungry Sailors Amelie Rose is a replica Isles of Scilly Pilot Cutter that my partner and I launched in 2009 having quit our city jobs after we lost a friend in the London Bombings to spend our lives taking people sailing aboard a boat of Nelson s era In early 2011 we were approached to take part in a new ITV series with Dick and James Strawbridge and this is the story of what happened next Our story starts in February 2011 with one of two phone calls that I receive from TV Production companies that day The one we care about comes from Liz at Denham Productions and concerns a sailing trip that they want to film with Dick Strawbridge and his son James who are going to sail around the coast from Plymouth stopping off en route to find interesting ingredients to bring back to the boat and cook up Over the course of the next few days emails fly back and forth concerning such items as How long will it take to get from Fowey to Flamborough Head and What about visiting Lyme Regis Hastings and Crowmer sic which cause a certain amount of consternation here tidally restricted harbour at Lyme no harbours at all at the others but eventually after a fair bit of Almanac leg work and thinly veiled sarcasm we get to a mutual understanding of what might constitute a route I first meet up with the production crew on March 14th when the exec producers Grace and Jill come down to Poole with Liz to see whether I break the camera lens when they point it at me Apparently it doesn t although this might be because I ve just had my annual haircut I decide that it s best not to mention this fact They are pleased with what they see aboard Amelie Rose though the Galley particularly impresses probably because we spent ages making sure that we can cook for 8 in it More phone calls and emails follow in a flurry and we finally agree a deal on the 22nd March Like all deals I m sure no one is 100 happy but there you are Next up they d like me to meet the presenters so it s down to Plymouth I go to have a chat with Dick and James First impressions are good from both sides I guess as I m not summarily thrown off the show Dick tells me that we re going to have loadsa fun and James quizzes me about the bunks They tell me that they both sail dinghies quite a bit and even race occasionally I tell them that Amelie Rose is basically just a big dinghy everyone leaves happy Over the next month we furiously swap emails as I

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  • Topsail Adventures Ltd - From City Streets to the Open Seas
    that and sailing has been a big part of their lives together ever since Nick already owned a nine metre GRP bermudan sloop which they sailed together around the English Channel often talking about leaving their working lives behind and setting off in a bigger boat to cruise the world It became known as the dream of the 45 footer Nick says we got all the sell up and sail books like Annie Hill and the Pardys and carried on dreaming like I guess most sailors do The London bombings of 2005 acted as a spur to action though It made us ask why we were just waiting for stuff to happen says Nick You need to make decisions and then act on them otherwise 30 years later you re left wondering where your life went or worse you don t wake up tomorrow and you ve never achieved any of your dreams We re not special people in any way we just made a choice one day and then got on with dealing with the consequences By this point they d already concluded that a gaff or junk rig might be a good option as they put less load on the boat and are easier to maintain and at that time in the UK there was a lot of buzz about Pilot Cutters With 4 shipyards building replicas and many originals still afloat these boats had a strong following of serious sailors drawn to their reputation as sturdy seaboats with a good turn of speed And so it was whilst browsing the Internet one day Nick discovered Luke Powell s Working Sail website Luke was at the forefront of the replica Pilot Cutter scene he had already launched 5 boats from 38 46 feet and was busy on a

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  • Topsail Adventures Ltd - Amelie Rose's Dorset Apple Cake
    any apples will do windfalls are great for this 75g currants or raisins or whatever s in the cupboard Optional but hell chuck it all in Juice of ½ lemon 225g plain flour 1½ teaspoons baking powder 1 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 115g butter diced 165g soft light brown sugar 2 eggs beaten Do this Preheat the oven to 160 C Grease and line a 7 8 inch round cake tin or we sometimes use a loaf tin lined with baking paper so that we can retrieve the cake Toss the apple and dry fruit with the lemon juice and set aside Sift the flour and baking powder and half of the spices together then rub in the butter until the mix resembles breadcrumbs Stir 115g of the sugar the apple and the eggs mix well if it gets too thick thin with a little milk very gradually Now transfer into your tin and smooth the top with the back of a metal spoon a wet spoon might be easier In a bowl mix the remaining sugar and spices sprinkle over the cake mix Cover loosely with greaseproof paper and bake in the preheated oven for approximately an hour until golden on top may be longer or shorter depending on your oven it s 30 mins different on the boat to at home Leave in the tin for a 5 10 mins then remove and cool on a wire rack Store in an airtight tin Should freeze ok but ours never last that long As soon as it s cool enough to hold tuck in Then start making another one cos the first won t last Enjoy Nick Melisa Shanty the Seadog and of course Amelie Rose Back Pilot Cutter Charter Topsail Adventures offer skippered

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  • Topsail Adventures Ltd - Amelie Rose brings London to a standstill, twice!
    to collect Dick James and the TV crew Cathy Pete 0600 Drop mooring and head off down the Medway towards the Thames 0750 First checkin with London VTS as we re filming aboard they ve requested us to keep in contact as we pass by the big ship radio in points Yikes all a bit official 0945 Approaching Gravesend where we are to pick up a pilot who will take us up river 1005 A pilot launch appears and drops a very official looking chap aboard complete with captain s hat We offer to raise the H flag pilot aboard he smiles and says it s not really necessary 1006 Bob the Pilot chucks his hat on the deck introduces himself takes the tiller and tells us that this must be the smallest boat he s ever taken up the Thames What a lovely chap 1100ish We pass under the QE2 Bridge we re now inside the M25 and keep catching glimpses of Canary Wharf 1154 Approaching the Thames Barrier it s very nice to have an expert on the helm all we have to do is control the revs run around taking photos and beaming happily 1233 Passing the Dome and approaching my old offices at Canary Wharf It s all so much more interesting as you approach all of the bits you know from telly etc 1247 We pass the Greenwich meridian and the Greenwich Observatory itself back in the Western hemisphere again 1310 Off Canary Wharf doing a piece to camera about the differences between my old office and my new office 1315 Off the Mayflower Pub we turn and stem tide for a while according to Bob it doesn t do to be early Or late In fact you really really have to be bang on

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  • Topsail Adventures Ltd - Amelie Rose brings London to a standstill, twice!
    James and the TV crew Cathy Pete 0600 Drop mooring and head off down the Medway towards the Thames 0750 First checkin with London VTS as we re filming aboard they ve requested us to keep in contact as we pass by the big ship radio in points Yikes all a bit official 0945 Approaching Gravesend where we are to pick up a pilot who will take us up river 1005 A pilot launch appears and drops a very official looking chap aboard complete with captain s hat We offer to raise the H flag pilot aboard he smiles and says it s not really necessary 1006 Bob the Pilot chucks his hat on the deck introduces himself takes the tiller and tells us that this must be the smallest boat he s ever taken up the Thames What a lovely chap 1100ish We pass under the QE2 Bridge we re now inside the M25 and keep catching glimpses of Canary Wharf 1154 Approaching the Thames Barrier it s very nice to have an expert on the helm all we have to do is control the revs run around taking photos and beaming happily 1233 Passing the Dome and approaching my old offices at Canary Wharf It s all so much more interesting as you approach all of the bits you know from telly etc 1247 We pass the Greenwich meridian and the Greenwich Observatory itself back in the Western hemisphere again 1310 Off Canary Wharf doing a piece to camera about the differences between my old office and my new office 1315 Off the Mayflower Pub we turn and stem tide for a while according to Bob it doesn t do to be early Or late In fact you really really have to be bang on time otherwise the

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  • Topsail Adventures Ltd - Amelie Rose Eaten by TV Stars!
    the idea of building an Amelie Rose cake for them to sit on the models not the actual Strawbridges So it was that on the last day of filming we were presented with a scale cake model of Amelie Rose Almost everything that you see was edible and with cake this good it was a shame not to test this theory and some of the detailing was absolutely fabulous although we re not entirely sure that she would have sailed all that well It was a lovely way to end an incredible trip and we can heartily recommend that you give these guys a call if you have any cakey requirements they can also teach you to make this stuff yourself Back Pilot Cutter Charter Topsail Adventures offer skippered charter sailing 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

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  • Topsail Adventures Ltd - Amelie Rose Eaten by TV Stars!
    the idea of building an Amelie Rose cake for them to sit on the models not the actual Strawbridges So it was that on the last day of filming we were presented with a scale cake model of Amelie Rose Almost everything that you see was edible and with cake this good it was a shame not to test this theory and some of the detailing was absolutely fabulous although we re not entirely sure that she would have sailed all that well It was a lovely way to end an incredible trip and we can heartily recommend that you give these guys a call if you have any cakey requirements they can also teach you to make this stuff yourself Back Pilot Cutter Charter Topsail Adventures offer skippered charter sailing 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

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