December 12, 2014

So, one full season has now been completed. Lovely time sailing in Greece and hopping from island to island. Not so good in Italy. Very expensive going from marina to marina, especially as I was still paying for my own mooring in Rome. Loved Sardinia, well worth the vi...

October 29, 2013

Our last full day in the water. We needed to attempt to get both sails out fully but again, there was hardly any wind in the air. We set off with the intention of finding a quiet bay to anchor up, go for a snorkel and, if the wind picked up, sail. Well we found a nice...

October 28, 2013

Time to head back to Kilada. We decided we would drop into the bay at the far end of the island, next to the one we had called in on our way out. Also, we thought we would try getting the sails out again, although there was hardly a breath of wind in the air. Well, the...

February 5, 2013

As a mature student, well in age anyway, I found myself in halls of residence with a fantastic crowd who were all keen sports enthusiasts. Over the time at Uni I found myself playing football, golf and a number of racket sports for my Hall, and during the long periods...

February 5, 2013

Now then, having thought long and hard over the prospect of getting back into sailing my mind was thinking as to what type of boat to purchase. What did I want to use it for, where did I intend to sail and did I want to have company. Having travelled quite extensively...

February 5, 2013

I have three brothers who all have had their owns sail boats of varying sizes at one time or another, and a sister living in New Zealand and sailing when time permits. There we are. If they can all sail then there should be no reason why I can’t. I’ve had previous sail...

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It had always been my ambition to do something mad once I retired but the planning stage needed some thought. A few years prior to getting to the ripe old age of 60 I wanted something to keep me occupied when I had time on my hands. I played golf, (badly) snowboarded, and enjoyed travelling to different countries and experiencing the history of those that I went to. I thought hard and long and then decided that flying lessons would be a good starting point. I could buy myself a small singled engine plane and take myself and some friends off to play golf on the continent during spring and summer, and then in the winter, go further south to the ski areas. I bought all the required books to learn about being a pilot and then booked a few lessons and took myself off to Biggin Hill, the local airfield. Fantastic thrill of being up there, 2000 feet above ground, at the controls, even at one point flying over my own house! I thought that this was the way forward and looked to see whether an intensive course in the USA during the summer recess could be completed. But after three lessons I was having second thoughts. I didn’t really have the time to study whilst still working and, three years off from retiring, could I really afford to have the luxury of a small plane sitting in an airfield somewhere rarely being used? New plan required. Take up sailing!!!

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