Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Up Hill Down Dale and Bobbing About on Boats


Mr Uphilldowndale has set out on his annual expedition to compete in the The Three Peaks Yacht Race, this is the third consecutive year that he has taken part,  so he has got the kit list down to a fine art, which is just as well there is a lot of it. Three sets of running kit, foul weather gear for the boat (remember the hi-tec waterproof testing we subject the gear too a couple of years back?


  Then there is the cyclo-cross bike, spares, tools and one of my home made ginger cakes, so the boat should have plenty of ballast.

I’ve a very jaundiced view of boats (well the hue is more nauseous green than yellow) following a not very pleasant experience as a child. My adult self knows that boats are not all bad, but the inner child screams get me off this thing. So it was very thoughtful of Mr Uhdd to forward the following images to my inbox the other day.


These are of the Peterhead Trawler Harvester. Taken from her Sistership.











Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

12 thoughts on “Up Hill Down Dale and Bobbing About on Boats

  1. I completely agree with you. I’ve never liked the idea of sailing, and I’m even less enthusiastic now I’ve seen those photos. Good grief, how did they get out alive?

  2. Just running up and down one of the peaks at a time was enough for me in my youth. What a keen young fellow he is. Fantastic, if stomach churning, pictures.

  3. Whoa, I bet there were a lot of sea sick people there, but amazing photos of nature vs man.

  4. it sounds very tiring,lugging a boat up and down 3 hills!

  5. How were they able to take the photos in such a rough water situation? I assume the sistership was also bobbing about. Whew! It makes the stomach roil just looking at the photos.

  6. I knew there was a reason I didn’t join the Navy. . . ! Bonne chance and bon voyage to Mr. UHDD. That picture of the “water testing” is hysterical.

  7. I hope that Mr UHDD enjoys himself! That sort of boating is not for me thanks! xx

  8. Reminds me of my days in the US Coast Guard back in the 70’s. What fun! Excellent pictures.

  9. Scary photos of the ship in the wild waves, I would NOT have done that! And I hope the red suit provides good protection of sensitive places …..

  10. I really like these photos of the trawlers – the courage of our fisherman is incredible! I would like to able to use one – do you own them? Or do you know where I can go to get permission to use one of them?

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