600 mile race around some islands

Already the adventure has begun and I’m not even off the island yet. I’m up before the sun this morning, having packed last night and I’m even waiting early at the taxi stand. It was a quick trip across the island. Quick until the sudden screeching of our brakes, following my sharp intake of breath […]

Ocean Logging

“We need to go ocean logging” announced the Tree Fella… “Ocean logging?” I ask, this was a new term to me. “Yes, there’s a log on a beach, it could make great planks….” A few days later the perfect opportunity presented itself, a flat calm, sunny day, a day starting to show the first real […]

Cabin Boy and the Old Gaffers

This weekend (back in June last year) has been engraved in the calendar since the previous summer. The Old Gaffer is determined the not so old gaffer will sail to the Old Gaffers Association trad boats and trad tunes festival across the water.  The Old Gaffer himself is an accomplished fiddle player and this weekend […]

Night in the forest

As a result of the Yachtmaster Ocean adventure I found myself at a rather extreme job interview for a sailing round the world opportunity of a lifetime.   I’d made it to the second interview stage, which turned out to be a team building weekend, from which my legs are just about recovering. So while […]

First World Problems

#firstworldproblems we say jovially, since there is no other way to cope with the reality of the truth.  To consider the #firstworldproblem we have just identified in any detail is to open a huge can of worms, we disappear down the r*bbit hole. I do the dishes, look at the washing up liquid and I […]

Lady Captain and the Old Gaffer

“Lady captain, lady captain” came the cry from below the harbour wall “You made it back safely.” The pieces began to fall into place when my very able and dapper looking crewman reminded me of the day’s events. I’d been tasked to take “Daddys yacht” out in a Parade of Sail that afternoon. By Daddy’s […]

Exam Day

Wednesday morning I cleaned out my cabin, packed my gear and said goodbye to the boat.  I walked back up to the sailing school arriving at 0900, “Come on in, sit down, here is the exam paper, you have 2 hours” the Examiner said to me cheerfully.  “Wow” I thought, this is the first hint […]