Early morning 18th Dec'13. Look at the moon's reflection on the water !
After being stranded in Belgium for weeks due to bad weather, we're excited to welcome our latest addition to the moorings, Labor Vincit!
The Kentish Sailing Association's Swale Match, now in it's 41st year, has become a tradition for the boats at hermitage. Congratulations to the following for their awards: Cabby, although not regularly moored at Hermitage she was crewed by some of our residents. Awarded 1st Brent Cup for Restricted Staysail Barges Stormvogel, looking beautiful after her [...]
During a cruise up the Thames, we stopped just opposite Battersea park for some lunch, when someone said they saw dolphins. We all carefully watched the spot, and there they were again. Two small dorsal fins appeared briefly side by side, then disappeared again. They were swimming upstream against the tide but were quickly losing [...]
A number of us attended a sea survival course run by City Sailing. This gave us a first experience of what its like to have your life jacket inflated, as well as the claustrophobic atmosphere within a life raft. The course was a good laugh despite its serious subject.
To mark the opening of the Shard, The Guardian have produced a 360-degree, augmented-reality panorama of London's newest view, from the building's public observation deck. HCM is nicely visible... You can scan London from their website.
Early risers were met by this as they woke on February 17th.
This evening the moon reached its closest point to the Earth for almost two decades (although the 0.3% difference would be hard to see!). A clear, still and cool evening meant that conditions were good for photographing from the moornings. (other links: guardian / wikipedia /astronomy / sky at night) (NB: there was no substantial [...]