Around the UK in 2014

Hi all, just a quick update to say that Prima Donna has remained ashore this year due to family committments and work pressures. She will be sailing again in 2013 and I am now planning seriously for the proposed trip around the UK in 2014. You may recall I mentioned a little while ago I was thinking of doing this to celebrate 50 years since the Morgan Giles 30 design came out of the yard at Teignmouth.

I will also be seeking to raise awareness for the Macular Disease Society. My Father who sadly passed away in March this year suffered from severe age related macular degeneration during the last ten years of his life, it had a devastating impact on his quality of life and I did not realise just how common this condition is particularly in the elderly. I have opened a blog on the platform so you can follow progress there if you wish.

I plan to go clockwise and would love to meet as many owners as I can along the way.

be in touch,  regards

13 thoughts on “Around the UK in 2014

  • September 10, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Hi, thanks for the update, My yacht will be relaunched in 2013 as well, where are you based.

    All the best


  • September 10, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Hi all,

    Thanks for the update, Santana was launched this summer at Rye after a winter refit. We moved the boat to the Hamble this summer and had a wonderful cruise to the Channel Islands in the summer break.
    Moving her back to Rye this winter for another round of jobs.
    Keep in touch and we’ll see if we can meet in 2013,
    regards Ty

  • September 10, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Hi Ty…

    Good to hear Santana has been to the Channel Islands again – her old stamping ground. I guess she almost knew her own way there!

    We have been almost four months in the Netherlands – lots of shallow waters, especially in the Waddenzee; not MG30 waters. But we do remember her fondly.

    best wishes
    Tony & Ynskje
    presently in Den Helder, Netherlands

  • September 11, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Hello Tony,

    If you are going to de Grevelingen and visit Brouwershaven dan you can see a fully restored MG 30 box 11 old haven.

    King regards Jan Bakker MG 30 Hertogjan

  • September 11, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Hi Jan…

    We didn’ t get to the Grevelingenmeer on our meander up through Zeeland, although we did explore almost everywhere else.

    On our way down outside in the North Sea I am minded to hole up for a night and await the tide just outside the dam between the Grevelingenmeer and the North Sea. There is no way through the dam, but on the chart there is a vluchthaven Springersdiep. Do you know it? Would it provide a sheltered anchorage for the night? I don’t want to arrive there and find no suitable refuge with autumnal gales in the offing.


  • September 11, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Hello Tony,

    I have never been there so i dont now.

    Kind regards, Jan

  • September 11, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Hi Tony,
    Glad to hear you are enjoying new cruising grounds, Hope to see you in 2013,
    regards Ty

  • September 11, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Hi, good to hear about Santana, yes I will keep in touch. I will be planning a trip to the west country next year, certainly we can maybe meet up if your down this way in 2013.


  • September 11, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Hi All,

    I to have had Grampus out for quite a while finishing the rebuild but on the home straight now and will slip in the spring. If anyone gets round to the Bristol Channel next season then please let me know.
    Fair winds to you adventurous bunch.


  • September 11, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Hi Paul, my boat is in Pembroke Dock and should be afloat next year. I actually live in Bedfordshire, and it would make much more sense to move her to the East or South coast, but the area is outstanding and gives loads of cruising options so this will compensate for the long journey. If all goes to plan we could possibly get together.

    All the best, Ian

  • September 11, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Good Morning Ian,
    Yes, a wonderful plan and idea. My club and mooring is just above the first Severn Bridge just north of the M4 – which way do you drive from Beds to Milford?
    A couple of our members also have 2 nd moorings at Sandy Haven including one of the presenters of the TV program Coast. So we do get over there quite a bit. You are spot on it is a wonderful cruising area with Lundy there for a day sail each way.
    I have also had it in mind to hold Bristol Channel event on the lines of The Three Peaks – sailing version that is- but although we started planning last yer it is a tremendous amount of work.
    All the best for now,

  • September 12, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    just a note to say that I plan to make Milford Haven a stopping point when I do my proposed trip around the uk in 2014 so hope it would be possible to meet up? Prima Donna was up at Usk Mouth when I purchased her and I had a memorable trip back to Falmouth where I kept her until my relocation back to Southampton in 2008.

  • March 6, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Hi Peter… just wondering if there are any developments for your proposed circumnavigation of the UK in 2014 to celebrate the MG30 Golden Jubilee?

    We are circumnavigating in Antipole over two years: 2013 was Ireland and Wales and we over-wintered in Maryport. In 2014 we plan to complete around Scotland and down the east coast. According to the register, there are ten MG30s in Scotland. Although no longer sailing an MG30, we would be interested in meeting some for old-times sake. Our outline plan is here.
    regards, Tony

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