Here is a list of blogs by Vertue Owners. If you are a Vertue owner and have a blog that is not listed here, please do let me know about it through the contact form below.
1. V113 Simo
- V113 and Me;
- Simo and I; and, the most recent:
- Simo the Vertue
My favourite Vertue blog(s) – sadly no more – and probably the biggest influence convincing me to buy a Vertue. Written by Michael Chamberlain about his various singlehanded adventures, ultimately ending in Simo sinking last summer (2013) after hitting a submerged object somewhere between the Azores and Falmouth. But what larks he had until then.. .
2. V44 Speedwell of Hong Kong
This little boat is one of the the best-travelled Vertues of them all. Owned originally by Peter Hamilton, who sailed her from Singapore to England in 1953, Speedwell eventually ended up in South Africa before having the good fortune to be bought by the amazing Shirley Carter, who converted her to a junk rig and has sailed her singlehanded with her cat (sadly recently demised, presumed drowned) since 2002, mainly in the North and South Atlantic. Speedwell is currently (as of May 2014), in Port Antonio, Jamaica en route to Nova Scotia from Guatamala.
3. V198 Sumara of Weymouth
A blog written by Alastair Flint who, together with Tim Loftus, recently won the Tillman Medal for their adventures in Sumara, sailing her to the Berenberg Volcano, located 250 miles east of Greenland and 300 miles north of Iceland, which they then climbed. All in a day’s work! The medal, in memory of Bill Tilman, is awarded from time to time in recognition of an outstanding voyage to the high latitudes, often including a climbing component. Their log book for Sumara, which you can download from the blog, catalogues an extraordinary array of sea voyages which I can but read with envy and admiration.
4. V99 Corio Vertue
Written by Andy Indrans, based in Melbourne, Australia. He still regularly races her with the Hasting Yacht Club, taking part in, amongst other races, the Melbourne to Geelong passage race, a course comprising 34 Nautical miles, together with his wife Di.
5. V155 Thomasina
Written by Sonya Wallace, based in Mooloolaba, Queensland, documenting her adventures in 2011, including a trip to the Great Sandy Straights, which is is a 70 km Australian sand passage estuary separating mainland Queensland, from World Heritage listed Fraser Island.
6. V61 Virtue
Written by Ben Devenson, who keeps her based on the Westeinde Plas, on a mooring outside his house in Badhoevedorp, Holland. Virtue was originally known as Penthe Sileia and Ben bought her about the same time I bought Drumler, in September 2013. He has been documenting some pretty major repairs that he is carrying out over the last year.
7. V106 Kainui
Written by Russell Heath, who completed a circumnavigation in Kainui from 1985 to 1988 (though he has now sold her to Steve Garrand and keeps her Belfast, Maine, USA.