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

Timeless Elegance


I think regular readers will have gathered that most things about boats and yachts don’t  really ‘float my boat’ but every now and then one catches my eye and to be frank you’d have to be blindfolded to miss the elegance and beauty of this yacht, that was sailing out of Salcombe harbour this morning.

Salcombe 2-1 

I don’t know what she is called, but we do know she shared a mooring in the harbour with  ‘Sceptre’ who raced in the Americas Cup 1958

Over the years various bits of boats and even a whole pram dinghy* have cruised into our kitchen at home, seeking warmth, ‘so the varnish will dry better’  during one of  Mr Uphilldowndale’s  boat repair and restoration projects (of which there are many) but I doubt any of the bits from this boat would fit in our kitchen, even if they came in through the window(true story).

Salcombe 1-1

*Pram dinghy? Here is one we sold earlier



(Joe still has a passion for tartan trousers, ten years on, but not for boats).


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.

5 thoughts on “Timeless Elegance

  1. Loved the red optimist!

  2. I’d love to see that yacht under full sail.
    I used to go sailing in a ‘pram dinghy’ occasionally on our local lido a very long time ago! xx

  3. I love boaty things, so you did right by me. Thanks for the lovely photos.

  4. I hear tell the celts were big on tartan trousers. Must be a quirky manifestation of Joe’s celtic genetic heritage.

  5. As a dedicated landlubber, I step onto floating objects only with a degree of trepidation. While having faith in the generality of the laws of physics proclaimed by scientists, I find the one that says that an object floats if it is capable of displacing a mass of water equal to or greater than its own weight to be particularly tendentious.

    Are boats beautiful? Yes, I suppose some of them are but I think too that we often mistake nostalgia for aesthetic pleasure, and this causes us to think that obsolete machines such a sailing ships and steam locomotives are more beautiful than their far more efficient modern counterparts.

    In the same way, many people think a Victorian lady, tight-corsetted and covered from neck to shoe-sole is more elegant than one of her descendants wearing denim pants and a top bearing a rude motto. Truly, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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