The Log of the Good Ship Rampage…

April 7, 2009

This blog will tell the story of Rampage, a Bavaria 38 sailing yacht belonging to Duncan and Julia Byrne, who are going to take her to the Mediterranean Sea in the summer of 2009.  The plan is to stay on board her and explore the coasts of southern Europe for the foreseeable future.

Rampage is in Swanwick Marina at the moment but the intention is to bring her up to the Menai Straits over Easter Weekend so that we can finish preparing her before we set off for warmer climes.  We’ll update the blog when we have arrived in North Wales, hopefully by the middle of Easter week.

Skipper at the helm during sea trial.

Skipper at the helm during sea trial.



  1. Ahoy there, Skipper and First Mate,
    Bonne voyage: looking forward to keeping up with your ship’s (b)log during the voyage and to meeting up in sunny Spain to inspect the ship and crew!
    K xxx

  2. This is so cool, it will be brilliant to be able to come and read about your adventures. I hope you’re enjoying your maiden voyage and that the fish pie didn’t come back up!

    Lots of love Nomie xxx

  3. I enjoyed sailing with you – good company, good fun and GREAT food. I’m now smiling as I re-live our close encounter with the very expensive Swan! I look forward to reading your blog and hope you have a fantastic time in the Med……..or wherever the winds take you!

    Best wishes


  4. Congratulations on your beautiful new home! Happy sailing & looking forward to the party in July!

    I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
    And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
    And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
    And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.

    I must down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
    Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
    And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
    And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

    I must down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
    To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
    And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover
    And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over

    John Masefield
    English Poet Laureate, 1930-1967

  5. Duncan and Julia,

    Fair Winds and Following Seas on your grand adventure. We’ll look for you to sail up the Potomac for a visit (looks like you’re already ready for a transatlantic crossing, right?). Best wishes on the journey! Ruth and David

  6. Stunned to see my sister described as a stunning ruin, even if she is only the second of that ilk.

    Impressed to see that Googling ‘Rampage Sailing’ you are on the first page of google! Seems like J’s web botnet skills are greater than I realised and have pushed you up the ranking!

    Good luck and fair winds!

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