The Good Ship ”ADAT”

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 This site describes myself (Terry Paynter), my interests and my Passion, Sailing, a venture I actively started in 1988.  My own Profile is followed by detailed information on my last vessel “ADAT” describing her Technical Details, Specification, Changes, Modifications, Improvements, etc., the Skippers Sailing Calendar & Crew List and a selection of the many ventures I have undertaken on other vessels over the years.
  As the Days, Weeks, Months and Years roll by, one’s memory develops moving “holes” and we come across ailments that we haven’t come across before.  Please excuse me for not including every notable event or story of which there are many.  Maybe over time they will be remembered and included but it would help if you would remind me of any incidents that I have missed (or just forgotten).  Also, should you wish copies of any of the photos then again E-mail me via the Links page.

 Missing from this site is my main Sailing Club (Yateley Offshore Sailing Club, YOSC) which has its own site (see Links the section).   YOSC has been and still is a very important section of my life.  Our club having celebrated its 20th Anniversary, has had a membership of around 80 full members since the club was formed and moved premises from Yateley to Sandhurst.   Over this period the average size of members’ vessels has also increased.   My own increased from 26 ft to around 40 ft (including a 27 ft Power vessel).

2011 August, A view from the top of our Mast of Wicormarine’s Main Jetty

About Myself

My Personal Profile

  Terry Paynter, born in 1943 and lived for 23 years almost within earshot of Kempton Park Racecourse, very close to the River Thames at Sunbury-on-Thames.   Married in 1967 to Joy (from Ham, Richmond)  and our first house in Tilehurst, Reading, Berkshire where we had 2 children, Michael (1969) & Louise (1972).  We moved in 1976 to Winnersh, Wokingham, Berkshire where I caught a taste for the "sea" originally from sailing neighbours.  I was always aware of the dangers of the Sea but never afraid of water (I learnt to swim in the River Thames at Sunbury, recklessly in hindsight).

Joy 2003

Michael 2008

Louise 2008

  My background is Mechanical Engineering in industry with a full and post apprenticeship as an Instrument Maker giving me the skills and knowledge of Metallurgy, Metrology, Machine Tools & Engineering Design.  Engineering Design & Draughting in the Ministry of Transport followed by Electro-Mechanical Engineering Design & Manufacture primarily for offshore Meteorological equipments then on to computing in the Met Office at their HQ then in Bracknell for some 20 years working with Desktops, Mainframes and powerful number crunching Super Computers and also picking up a very useful knowledge in Meteorology.
The knowledge and skills learnt through my career have given me a distinct advantage in the maintenance, operation and running of salt and fresh water going vessels.  I am currently retired and spend most of my time sailing where and whenever the wind blows.

My Hobbies

My Sailing Experience

  My hobbies in my early days were Photography (SLR’s), Philately (world, later specialising in Great Britain, some fourteen large albums), Radio Controlled Models (planes, cars & boats), Bicycling, Designing and Building my own HiFi with cabinet and specialised speakers, Motor Bikes (like all boys at that time), Water Skiing, Gliding, and later Furniture building (when married), Horse Riding, Windsurfing, Computing (Desktops, Laptops Tablets & Netbooks), Genealogy (traced my Family history back to 1807), Photography (again but now Bridge Cameras), Dinghy sailing and lately of course Sailing offshore in larger craft.

  I started my serious "boating" in 1989 on "Sea Ranger" a Fairey Dell Quay Ranger (27 foot twin engine Motorboat).  Then a move to yachts with "Hector" a Westerly Chieftain and now "Adat" a Kelt 39.

  Delivering Adat, a second-hand yacht from Hesketh Bank, Preston, Lancashire on the River Ribble through the Menai Strait to Rosslare Harbour (Ireland) in a F9 and Irish Seas to Wolf Rock (Lands End) and on to our home berth in Portsmouth Harbour, a passage of around 500 Nm was for me the real start for extending my experience.  The photo (right) was taken in Honfluer in 2009 resting at the entrance to the Wooden Church in the Sqaure.

  I have sailed many other vessels including Motor, Catamarans, Yachts and Ketches ranging from 14 to 48 feet in all sorts of weathers with experience on Surfboards (over many years in Cornwall) and just a little in Dinghy's and Sailboards.  I have also been asked to advise in troubleshooting, problem resolving, choosing & inspecting suitable vessels for friends and associates and accompanying others when requested on passages giving encouragement, confidence and support.

  Like most of my sailing friends my sailing is predominantly on the South coast of England to the North coast of France (Normandy and Brittany) but I have also sailed (or motored) the River Thames to Penton Hook, the Rivers on the East Coast North to Great Yarmouth, parts of the Norfolk Broads, the Irish Sea, Greece (extensively over 12 years), Turkey, Italy, Sardinia, Balearics, Portugal, Spain, France (North & West Coast), Channel Islands (all), Belgium and some of the inland waterways of Holland.

  I am qualified to RYA/DoT Yachtmaster Offshore (2000) with 24K miles (all logged) through RYA Day Skipper Shorebased & Offshore, RYA Coastal Skipper Shorebased & Offshore and RYA/DTP Coastal Skipper.   I am a Gold member of the Royal Yachting Association, member of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and hold an International Certificate for Operator of Pleasure Craft (ICC) with Code European des Voies de Navigation Interieure (CEVNI) Endorsement.   I have also completed RYA courses in Short Range DSC VHF, Radar, First Aid (30+ years), Diesel Engine and Small Craft Basic Sea Survival.

  I currently own a share in yacht “ADAT”, am a member of Yateley Offshore Sailing Club ( my home club), Portsmouth Offshore Group, Civil Service Sailing Club, Associate Member of Hornet Sailing Club and affiliated to other clubs and organisations.   My Partnership on Adat has given me much experience using Laptops for electronic navigation (GPS, AIS, Navtex and SeaTalk (Raymarine ships data, etc.)) and most importantly for sailing, weather forecasting where I put into practice my experience gained in the Met Office.

  My crew vary from highly experienced yachtsmen/women to those who just want to get some sailing experience or even just want some “Blue Water” sailing.   Priority being given to members of my home club, YOSC (and of course those who can spare the time and assist in our Winter Refits).    My reward - seeing the smile on someone’s face to the question “Can I come again please?”.
March 2006 Broken left Wrist bone and a torn Achilles tendon through falling off the Transom whilst ADAT was on the hard put paid to my sailing for at least 6 months.  See section “ADAT”.
November 2008 I had to undergo a Micro Decompression operation on my lower spine incapacitating me for another 6 months stretching to a year. See section “ADAT”
  Photo right taken during our Summer Cruise in 2010 in St Cast in very good weather.

  May 2012  A Rotator Cuff tear operation on my left side meant cancelling all sailing for the remainder of the year.  This was not good news but hey, that’s life.  I was pronounced fit to sail by October (with light duties) but after the forced exercise of our annual Winter Refit I was back to full health for the 2013 season.   See section “ADAT”.  With all these injuries it seems sailing is not so healthy as maybe I first thought (or as my Doctor recommended).
June & July 2013 was spent in 2 Gites in France as a Family holiday with relatives (not sailing) however I made it up with our Joint Partners Adventure (see section “ADAT) sailing with crew and Partners.  Now there’s another story.
June & July 2014 and I was back on another YOSC Summer Cruise, this time visiting St Vaast, Carentan, Grandcamp Maisy, Arromanches, Ouistreham (Benouville), Caen, Pegasus Bridge Museum (for the umpteenth time), Trouville & Deauville, Honfleur and Le Havre covering some 300 Nm over 15 days. I say “covering” as with so little wind we were forced to motor most of the passages or motor/sailed where we could. On the last leg of 95 Nm from Le Havre back to Wicormarine we actually sailed all the way with 1 or 2 reefs in F6 winds.   Best of all was a passage time of little more than 15 hours averaging over 6 knots for the whole journey.  Now that was something else!

   February of 2015, four YOSC members including myself, all experienced to Yachtmaster Offshore standard, qualified to become official RYA ICC & CEVNI “Testers”.   The ICC is an International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft (Power & Sail) which is a a certificate more recognised by some countries than others.  The CEVNI (Code European des Voies de Navigation Interieure) is a category within the International Certificate of Competence (ICC) and specifically for cruising on the inland waterways of Europe.

 The following photos were taken in Jersey on the 2015 YOSC Summer Cruise.   Having taken and continuously taking so many photos of other people and of course the many views, some took their revenge.   WISIWIG has its day these days

Sitting on one of the many benches (not realising what the inscription was)

Five of us on a walk visiting The Devils Hole near Sorel, Jersey

Resting on a 5 mile walk when they sprung a pic

  Year 2016 took a turn rather earlier than I expected with my wife Joy obtaining her second hip replacement having been given just three days notice (better than the expected 18 week wait).  This meant I had to cancel a much looked forward to passage direct to the Scilly Isles then stopping at many mainland ports on our return over almost 3 weeks.  It will come another day (but not yet).

  These two photos are from my passage to Beaucette Marina, Guernsey on yacht Elizabeth-A in August 2016.  Entering Beaucette is far from easy and has been on my Tick-List for many years so I was very pleased to be given the opportunity to exit the Marina especially in the dark.  The photo left is me doing my duty in the galley (washing-up and drying) and on the right after dining in the marina restaurant.   I am very please to report that one doesn’t have to travel to obtain a meal to a very high standard accompanied by an equally excellent fine wine.

  June 2017 Another Rotator Cuff tear this time on my right side meant cancelling all sailing for the remainder of the year (seems I’ve been here before).   A consultant confirmed the tear and scheduled an operation for July.    Of course just at that time the weather changed from warm (ish) to very hot. Is there something I don’t know?   We have a 3 week Joint Partner Venture to the Scilly Isles planned for September.   This one is on my bucket-list and so far all the crew are capable of sailing ADAT by themselves giving me “passenger” grade but alas I wasn’t going to make it?  By January 2018 my Physiotherapist had been promoted but continued with my physiotherapy and by week 26 (23rd January 2018) I was discharged almost fully recovered.
January 2018 Train crash!   After a second test proved positive, a meeting with specialists, Colonoscopy and a CT scan I was diagnosed with Bowel Cancer and faced an operation with some very extreme risks (several of the terminal type) or alternatively there would be a Share in the Partnership of yacht ADAT going spare.   It was a simple choice of risk (operation) against certainty (no operation).  After several weeks of diagnosis and both Joy & I recovering from chest infections a date for the operation was confirmed.   Recovery would hopefully be 3 months with keyhole surgery.  Needless to say, my sailing for this season was cancelled (yet again) but knowing I will be offered a berth whilst in recovery. Have I been here before?  The op went well and I was soon at home shattered, tired, exhausted, want to sleep all day (but shouldn't of course) and thoroughly drained of energy but improving.   ADAT could be lurking just around the corner.   My appetite soon came back with energy following and I would really love just to go on board again but no stamina and that takes a long time to recover.  I had a rather annoying skin complaint which after visiting no less than 5 Doctors was finally diagnosed as Scabies.  After some lack of confidence with my Doctors surgery (the 5 Doctors) I followed on with a referral to a Dermatologist at Hospital who diagnosed it as not Scabies but similar and prescribed additional medication that this time much to my relief actually worked.   Now in April I will be looking for some sailing, light of course with no heavy lifting (for a few more weeks). Progress continued and by November I was back to full post op fitness and project managing the biggest 4 contractor project for ADAT, ever. See “Gelcoating” and “Headlining” sections.
At around June/July I had been suffering from an aching back that I put down to my increasing work load however after seeking medical advice it was diagnosed as Sciatica.   I wondered if this was a repeat of 2008 when with a similar condition and then limited to a wheelchair I underwent a Micro Decompression operation.  On this occasion I had a course of physiotherapy over some 8 weeks however that did absolutely nothing and the physiotherapist recommended a referral to see a specialist.  This I did and after a very quick examination he immediately requested an MRI and this was arranged for April 2019 leaving me eagerly awaiting the results.  Am I going to forgo yet another years sailing?   The results showed very similar results as my last episode and after a meeting with my Consultant surgeon another Micro Decompression operation was planned but not for some months. There was also something underlying this area but the surgeon thought the Decompression would be sufficient.   The final decision was with the Hospital Specialist board.  I am still mobile so I am sailing of sorts in as much as I am giving directions, helming and making the tea.   At least I am on the water.   Have I already made my last Channel crossing and should I be looking for another passion?   I hope not and I am being as active as my pain will allow.  Fingers crossed!
Mid June and the Hospital Board’s decision came.  They decided that I should indeed have a Decompression but ALSO a 3 vertebra Fusion called “Spinal Stenosis”   The Decompression operation being a Day operation gives immediate relief and a quick recovery however the Fusion requires Screws and Plates and several months to recover.  Maybe a touch of WD40 might help?  Since we were to holiday in India, I decided to forgo the operation until November and depend on pain killers for the duration.  The following day no less and I received a letter from my surgeon offering me the operation in mid July. This just passed the holiday insurers requirements and I could certainly be in a better shape than I am currently. Sailing, well I now have to face the fact that the remainder of this year has “gone dry”.   Now, since we had ordered a Log Cabin we had to urgently clear the site in readiness for delivery and since I will not be in a state to do any work I had to arrange for a concrete base and onsite assembly.   I might be able to swing a brush and apply Preservative and Waterproofing but that’s all.  Then low and behold another letter came first class post informing me that all meetings AND the operation were cancelled to be arranged in November.  That changed everything yet again.   Looks like no sailing for me at least for the first part of the 2020 season but at least I will get out of any 2019 Winter maintenance?
Hang on a minute.   I thought Sailing was supposed to be a healthy pastime.   Going over the last few paragraphs it seems something’s not right.   Or am I actually getting old?   Meanwhile it seems I had won the YOSC Scrap Heap Challenge Trophy, now renamed the “Graham France Trophy”.  see Elizabeth.
Around June 2019 my back pain was seriously bad and I was planning on hiring a wheel chair but I felt just the threat or more likely the drugs I was taking had kicked in and really started to mask the pain.  This was such a relief that I took up some very easy sailing in August & September making sure I had a strong crew and that I didn’t have to do any work.  It worked for a while until the last trip where inevitably I suppose, I over did it.  Come the day after I returned home I was relegated to using crutches around the house and almost housebound.  I was indeed paying for it and hoping there was no serious damage.  Increasing my routine medication and additional medication for around a week helped and I was eventually able to resume my normal prescription albeit with additional pain.   I managed my medication to allow me to undertake some light duties.  Rest days were inevitable of course.
Some months ago I passed our no-longer used Greenhouse on to a close friend and ordered a Log Cabin to take its place.  The ground had to be levelled (easy) and some low flower-bed concrete block walls had to be re-sited which was kindly undertaken by my friend.   Come 10th September the concrete base for the Log Cabin was laid and on 17th, a very sunny dry day the cabin itself was delivered and erected complete with a Firestone Rubber roof and a 20 year guarantee. 

“Lewes” Log Cabin in the evening
of the day of completion

Surrounding elevated Pathway
and matching Patio

Internal and Active Discrete External lighting

October, North end Lighting & Power

South end Lighting & Power
(one with USB Charging)

2-Tier working Table (from scrap timber)

Radio Wall Clock (from Lidl)

Scrapped (Refurnished) Gate-Leg table

Stainless Steel Cabin Hook for Main door

  The day after being sunny and dry and forecasted to last the next 4 days I was able to spray a timber preservative all over the untreated timbers followed by a second coat the same day.  This was light work but very tiring.   The next day both Joy and I brushed the first of 3 coats of the very thick Royal Oak colouring which took us 6 hours (3 hours each) and we both paid for it sleeping very well that evening.  The following day was a mandatory rest day for us both with me spending my time seeking a contractor to finish the external treatment.   During the following days I laid in electricity, another easy, satisfying enjoyable task and soon had wall mounted up/down LED lights & Double Power sockets (one with USB charging).  During the following weeks I took advantage of my still fit upper body, mostly at the same time sitting on a stool making a two-tier bench from left over timbers with both tiers Wax varnished, Wax varnishing the Cabin floor, rescuing a scrapped Gate Leg table which had to be dismantled, cleaned, sanded, stained, varnished (2 coats) & reassembled, installing a stainless steel Cabin hook for the main opening door, fitting Guttering to the rear & front of the cabin and lastly installing a WiFi extender for a strong signal in the cabin itself.   I also rescued an old curtain Pelmet and fashioned it for several shelves.

 Mid October 2019 with my Consent and Pre-Op Assessment Clinics over I now look forward to the morning of November 5th, Bonfire night and a 4 hour operation, 2 to 3 days in hospital and a long but pain free recovery at home.   Then plan my sailing for the forthcoming season!  Well, it didn’t quite happen that way.   Yes, I arrived at the hospital at the appointed time all prepared, nil by mouth etc. and soon upon arrival they took bloods, my medications and other checks then the bomb dropped.   The surgeon arrived with one of my medications to question why it was required.   I had had a minor toothache and was concerned at its effect with the operation so I had an emergency visit to the dentist (my own dentist was on holiday) who diagnosed an infection and prescribed the offending medication (antibiotics).   My surgeon then stated that my body was coping with the infection however any non-body items IE: Screws, Plates, etc., those items required for the Fusion part of my operation would not be able to fight the infection.   This could wreck any work done and it would all have to be re done at another date and probably as an emergency.   Needless to say the operation was postponed and he now had to find a 4 hour slot at least a month away juggling other patients.   Disappointed as we were, it had to be.  As the procedure continued we decided the operation be best postponed until after Christmas giving more time for the forthcoming more powerful antibiotics to leave my body (a requirement for the operation). So, we are now looking at mid to late January.   One consolation is that my body seems to be coping more with the daily pain (or am I just acclimatising).  Oh, and my sailing plans, well that was sorted at the end of November.  The only down side now is that I am available for Winter Maintenance on ADAT albeit restricted duties (I love it really).   I soon had a new date which was 11th February 2020 and it went ahead as planned.  Recovery was slow to start with but I had been continuously reminded that the operation was both Major and LONG.  It wasn’t too long that this all sank in and I cancelled all my sailing for 6 months.  Bang goes the 2020 Sailing Season.  Well, I do have the Isles of Scilly in September that maybe I can look forward to?   PS. What I didn’t count on was the invasion and destruction of the Planet due to the Corona Virus which cancelled the Isles of Scilly.  Never mind - another day (as always).
End of October 2020 now and it seems its Joy’s turn for some bad news.  After several biopsies and a mammogram she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Further biopsies and a CT scan were required to finalise what treatment would be required.  Mid November we were informed that it was also in her lung and spine but was treatable. On 1st December she started the first of 6 sessions of a Bio & Chemotherapy injection treatment through a PIC line sending the drugs as close as possible to the cancer with approximately 3 week intervals.  Due to the possibility of a reaction from either of the three main drugs, the first session was taken with two drugs on one day and the Chemo the following day.  Surprisingly, she had no immediate reaction.  Of course as expected she did react with days of extreme tiredness, lack of appetite, nausea, mouth ulcers, fluctuating temperature, diarrhoea, etc. but she coped very well and recovered.  With the Covid government restrictions placing us in Tier 4 (the highest) we both continued as of the beginning of her treatment and our planned Christmas celebrations as so many others in the country, severely curtailed.   It didn’t help that her second session started on 23rd December and I expected her reactions to the Chemo to start on Christmas day itself but to our surprise she held out until the end of the year. With 2 sessions done and just 4 to go we have something to aim for and I am beginning to learn how to operate the Dishwasher and Clothes washing machine although I still prefer to wash-up as I am cooking.  What a way to celebrate Christmas and the New Year (no alcohol for Joy) but one we both will remember very well and so on the strike of midnight of the 31st December 2020 we opened the Back door to let the old year out and then the Front door to welcome the new year in and indeed look to the future.
By end of January 2021 we were prepared for Joy’s 4th Chemo session.  This meant 4 down with just 2 to go.  An in depth discussion at Bracknell Hospital with the Bracknell Cancel specialist showed her to be on track and doing very well.   They couldn’t be more helpful.  What a service.  I had kept even more busy with a bathroom conversion from shower in a bath to a walk-in dedicated shower with both overhead and hand sprays, a substantial and comfortable seat and a handhold.  I had also started to install a water softener but some of that work required external assistance.   By now Joy was very weak and at times struggling. The Morphine (tablet and oral) made all her food taste foul and not edible hence she lost substantial weight.  One evening when she should have been on a high recovering for her last Chemo, she became listless.   Late afternoon on the following day she was listless, had difficulty in walking (unsteady on her feet), shaking, low blood pressure and had a 38 deg temperature (and rising).   I checked and found these to be severe symptoms of Sepsis and I called a 24/7 specialist Doctor rather than “999” for advice.  After a short discussion this was “Can you take her to A&E immediately”.   Thinking this would be quicker than an ambulance I of course said “yes”.   It was a struggle helping her from the car to A&E but once we arrived she had top priority over any others.  A nurse was even waiting for her before Triage had finished.     Thinking it would be a short visit or perhaps overnight I opted to return home.  Speaking to her attending Doctor some days later, it was a close call and was indeed Sepsis.  I shudder to think what the situation would have been should I had let it run through the night.   She had to stay in hospital (Royal Berkshire) for 3 weeks having her blood pressure raised, an iron infusion, many antibiotics intravenously (stronger dose than in tablet form) plus other drugs as required. Around 3 weeks before this incident the PICC line (Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter) she had originally fitted had to be removed as it became infected.   Since she needed some form of cannular for administrating her drugs and fortunately having been on a waiting list for around 4 months she was fitted with a PORT (Portacath, a similar form of PICC but with advantages).   Unfortunately it was this that had also became infected and was actually poisoning her blood giving her the Sepsis so it also had to be removed. Coming home taking her antibiotics in tablet form (weaker strength) was an option but with 24 hour attendance in hospital and so many other ailments, a very poor one.  Before returning home drained and exhausted she had an update from the Cancer specialist who had viewed her recent CT scan which was that her last (no 6) Chemo session would not be required as she had made such good progress.  Needless she was elated.
After around a week at home we were to have another update this time with the Bracknell hospital Cancer specialist however we actually discussed the matter with a senior Cancer nurse.   The news and sight of the Lead Cancel Specialist’s review of Joy’s progress showed NO sign of the Breast cancer “lump” and almost pin head size (sealed) evidence in her Spine, Lungs and Lymph nodes.   The overall impression was that the cancer was now well and truly under control.  She is to continue with treatment via a Cannular which would take around 2 hours but she will be one of the first in the country to trial a new combined drug via a normal injection hence just a quick in/out visit.  She is now making good progress, eating more, exercising and generally building up her stamina.  This progress continued and she was soon on the trial with a simple injection taking 6 to 8 minutes followed by immediately going home.
  After a CT scan in early July she had an urgent call to be advised that the cancer was back now in her spine and they had arranged for a urgent MRI scan.  They also advised that she may be advised to undertake Radio Therapy and Bone infusions for some 2 years.  This latter treatment would have serious side effects which she initially thought not worth considering but now of course far more important and urgent. The specialist then arranged a different Chemo again to be applied every 3 weeks.   Fortunately she still had her “port”. the first application took some 5 hours in hospital to ensure there was no reaction to the individual drugs but the next 2 applications only took around 1½ hours.  Just before she was due her 4th she became quite sick and again hospitalised with gall stones found in her bial duct and her liver was too poor for her Chemo so it was postponed for 2 weeks. After an endoscopy they found the stones had gone, presumably passed naturally but her gall bladder was full of them prompting an operation. They wanted to postpone any further action until January but she was in such agony not even able to walk (back in a wheelchair) so they planned an MRI for 24th December.