Breverton’s Nautical Curiosities

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Breverton’s Nautical Curiosities: A Book of the Sea – Terry Breverton

I was given my copy of Breverton’s Nautical Curiosities as a gift from an old boyfriend.  The boyfriend has long gone now but my Breverton’s remains by my side as a much-treasured item.

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Three Easy Bread Recipes

Galley Recipes – Three Easy Bread Recipes

With more time on our hands at the moment and supplies sometimes difficult to get hold of I thought some simple easy bread recipes would be a handy resource to have at your fingertips.  Two of the recipes have been recommended by a couple of yacht chef pals.

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Linguine with Clams

Galley Recipe – Linguine with Clams


Lovesail member and woman sailor sailingsideways has sent in this delicious galley recipe that she cooks whilst living aboard her Cal39.  This quick and simple recipe will make a delicious and nutritious meal after a busy day out cruising the Californian coast.

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Greek Quesadilla

Greek Quesadilla – Galley Recipe


Skippetydoodah has sent in a recipe for Greek Quesadilla, a delicious twist on the popular Mexican dish.

Skippetydoodah is a private chef and qualified yacht chef (available for hire) who has cooked in villas and on boats. She is an experienced ocean sailor with 27,000 miles behind her including a transit and lots of crewing and racing. One of her cheffing jobs was on a charter yacht in the Western Isles in Scotland in horrific weather for 5 months where she was cooking regularly in F8s and 9s – and once in a F11.  Over to Skippetydoodah….

Quesadilla – kay-sa-deeah – try saying that when you have spent all evening in the pub!!!

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Sailing Snacks – Rocky Road

Rocky Road – Sailing Snacks

Of all my favourite sailing snacks the one I will always try and pop into my bag is rocky road.  This is easy to make, either at home or on the boat, and requires no baking just some melting of ingredients on the stove.  Marshmallows may not be a staple of your boat’s store cupboard but they are light (could be used as packing!) and will last pretty much forever, so could easily be added to your provisioning list.  You could also substitute your favourite nuts, for raisins or anything you want to really into this recipe.

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Galley Recipe – Red Flannel Hash

Galley Recipe – Red Flannel Hash

This galley recipe – Red Flannel Hash originates from New England and the name refers to the red and white plaid cloth that is popular in that part of the world.  It was traditionally a breakfast using up the leftovers from the previous evening’s meal and has many variations. The main ingredients are corned beef, potatoes and beetroot, yes beetroot.  An unusual addition I hear you cry, but it works surprising well.  The potatoes and corned beef will be a cheap staple on any provisioning list and because this is a left-overs recipe then you could add anything that needs using up in the galley.  With the added bonus of being quick to make this is one of those one-pot recipes that will be used again and again.

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What is Scouse?

What is Scouse?


Why it’s the dialect or accent of people from Liverpool I hear you cry! Yes, you are correct but it is also a type of beef or lamb stew and is indeed why inhabitants from Liverpool are known as Scousers.

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Excellence of Dart Skippered Charter

The Excellence of Dart Skippered Charter on a Luxury Yacht

UK Circumnavigation

Learn to sail, take the helm, hone your skills, build your experience, crunch some hours and/or just relax and have fun with your friends aboard the 58-foot luxury sloop Excellence of Dart.

The Excellence of Dart is about to set off on a circumnavigation of the UK and have some cabin availability in the summer months.  For individuals, couples or groups these legs can be taken as 1, 2 or 3-week cruises.


Sail from Dartmouth to the West coast of Wales.


Enjoy a week or two as part of the WCC malts cruise of the Scottish Isles.


Cruise in style through the Caledonian Canal, along the East coast of Scotland and England and then French port hopping down the English Channel and back to Dartmouth.

If you would like more information about these trips then please visit Excellent of Dart.  Mention Lovesail and they may even give you a discount!

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Book Giveaway – Rain Later, Good

Book Giveaway: Rain Later, Good – Painting the Shipping Forecast by Peter Collyer

With Christmas and the New Year well and truly behind us, February can be a little dull.  So to perk things up a little Lovesail is giving away one signed copy of the stunning book Rain Later, Good – Painting the Shipping Forecast by Peter Collyer.

Rain Later, Good is the award-winning story of Peter Collyer’s extraordinary journey around the Shipping Forecast areas. The Shipping Forecast, broadcast by BBC Radio 4, is a national institution, relied upon by mariners but also strangely comforting and poetic to landlubbers. First published in 1998 to great reviews, Rain Later, Good was chosen by the RNLI to celebrate their 175th anniversary, and has sold over 25,000 copies.

Peter Collyer’s brilliant and detailed paintings help conjure up the most mythical locations, whilst his delightful idiosyncratic text provides a wealth of fascinating insights. He introduces us to the people who live and work in these shipping forecast areas, and he passes on snippets of tantalising information which give a powerful impression of the place and convey a real feeling of being there. The beautiful paintings from his travels really capture the spirit of these wild and isolated spots, and this new edition includes new paintings, sketches and up to date text. This is a much-loved book celebrating an iconic broadcast.

A very remarkable painter. His work is simply stunning with an observed intensity which makes him very special indeed.’ Chris Beetles in The Daily Telegraph

‘The most delightful and unexpected book I’ve encountered this year… a wonderful book.’ John Naughton, The Times


To be in with a chance of winning this lovely book just visit our Lovesail Facebook page and ‘like’ our Lovesail page (make sure you like the page, not a post).  The closing date for ‘likes’ is 28th February 2014.  We will pick one winner from the ‘like’ list after the closing date.  Terms and Conditions of the Giveaway can be seen here.

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