March Newsletter – Competition and Casamara Need Crew

March 2012 Vol.1 Issue 7 – Casamara

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Casamara need Crew

Many of you will be familiar with Casamara, the Discovery 55 that took part in last years ARC Race and posted daily updates of the race on this blog. After a fantastic crossing, they now need to sail her back to the UK from St Lucia. Her skipper is looking for experienced crew that would be interested. Free passage and food is on offer as is an opportunity of a lifetime. They will be leaving Rodney Bay, St Lucia around 22 April 2012 and taking about 30 days to reach the south coast of England stopping off in casamaraBermuda and the Azores. You will need to be an experienced sailor, coastal skipper minimum, and get yourself to St Lucia for departure around the 22 April. If you are in the Caribbean it would be an ideal opportunity to travel to the UK for the Olympics! If you are interested please drop me an email through the contact page of the website (link at the bottom of any lovesail page) and I will pass your details on to the skipper.

March Competition

We are giving away 3, 1 year gold memberships to the site in our March Competition and it’s very easy to enter. Just tell me the top 3 sailing website you visit. Just email me at through the contact page of the site listing your 3 favourites. They must be sailing related websites to qualify, there are no right or wrong answers and please do not list Lovesail! Names will be put into a hat and 3 winners drawn. Please let me have your entries by March 25th 2012 and winners will be notified by email after that date. Memberships will start from 1st April 2012. Good Luck!

Artist Member

One of our members, Brendan Chandler, is a very talented artist and how allowed us to showcase his seascapes on the Lovesail Blog, Lovesail news, please take a look if you haven’t already. If you have a talent that you would like to showcase on the blog, then just drop me a line through the contact page of the website, link at the top of the blog, and we can discuss it.

System Upgrade

We will be upgrading the Lovesail software over the next month, this should not affect members, and you will see some improvements to the site. If you experience any problems then please do email me at the usual address.


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A Sailing Artist – Seascapes

It never ceases to amaze me when I realise the talented members that I have on the Lovesail site. Brendan Chandler is one such member.  Here is a little piece about this sailing artist and a gallery of his wonderful seascapes.

I began sailing as a boy about 50 years ago in Cork. After a career in The City, I began ocean sailing 12 years ago, and now a sailing artist. 

I have always been fascinated by the sea and whilst living on a yacht in the North Atlantic my fascination kept growing. I now have a second career, delivering sailing yachts on ocean passages and spend months each year at sea, studying the sea, waves, their colours shapes and sizes all of which change from minute to minute.

As a Buddhist, I am conscious of and frequently meditate on the impermanance of everything and watching the sea hour after hour is a reminder of impermanance and the source of my obsession with waves and my attempts to capture the changing forms and colour.

The Buddha said ‘Form is Emptiness, Emptiness is Form’ and when I look at the ocean which combines emptiness and form I am awed by the emptiness of the oceans and have tried to capture this in some of my paintings.

I have never had the good fortune to study painting or art until my obsession led me to approach Jeremy Rugge-Price, a wonderful Suffolk sailing artist, an ex-mariner who is also obsessed by the sea, last year. He seems to have adopted me as a student and we spend hours discussing the sea and waves as he teaches me how to capture the essence of the waves.

My friend, the artist and art teacher Brigett Hill taught me what she considered some of the basics of painting.

The artist Megan Anderson sailed with me from the Azores to the UK this year and we spent many hours observing and discussing the sea, the waves and the colours of sea and sky. After our safe arrival in UK, despite ‘blowing out’ the mainsail we spent some days in the 15th century Scottish castle she lives in teaching me the art of ‘glazing’.

Recently I began to paint what I thought would be a series of 4 paintings depicting the same area of sea in each of the seasons. So far I have completed 6 in with seas in green, blue, turquoise, silver, orange. Four of the series are on display here and I have come to realise that each of these could be painted with a variety of skies and with an infinite number of sea states so it seems that I have enough subjects to keep me painting seas for several lifetimes.

I hope you enjoy my efforts.


Many thanks to Brendan for allowing us to reproduce his fantastic work.  If you have a talent that you would like to showcase on the blog, them please get in contact with me via the contact page found at the bottom of the Lovesail Homepage.


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Seascape Artist – Chris Hooper

Devon Seascape Inspiration

Seacape artist Chris Hooper gets much of his inspiration from just outside his front door.  He lives in Budleigh Salterton, Devon, UK and is inspired by the range and depth of the Devon seascapes he sees.  Says Chris “I am always on the hunt for a foreboding, dramatic sky and I love to observe and capture the way low or obscured light behaves on water”  Some examples of his stunning work are shown below, but visit his website where his extensive gallery has not just seascapes but also landscapes  and abstract work too.  If you would like to purchase any of his work he can post it all over the UK as well as overseas.

Thanks go to Chris for letting us reproduce his work here on the blog.  To view his website see here for a direct link.

If you would like to feature an article on the Lovesail blog then please contact us through the Lovesail website, or follow the link at the top of this page.  Contact details can be found at the bottom of the Lovesail home page.