Yachtmaster Coastal – I did it!

•Sunday, 22 October 2017 • 5 Comments

After 8 weeks on and off through the summer with Girls For Sail, I achieved my Yachtmaster Coastal qualification. A massive achievement that took me way outside my comfort zone. I have been home for a couple of weeks now and still feel that I am recovering. Physically demanding and mentally challenging – being a Skipper is harder than it looks! I had some truly magical moments and some serious melt downs but have come through it and am keen to make sure I maintain the skill level I have – 2 captains in our house now! Here is one of the magical moments – stunning sunset in Lymmington on our Yachtmaster preparation week. IMG_2610


More sailing …

•Thursday, 28 September 2017 • 3 Comments

So … been so busy, have been totally unable to get to blogs. Getting to the end of another couple of weeks of sailing. Skippered the boat (38’ Bavaria – RudeKnot2) from Cherbourg to Yarmouth in gale force 8 … so glad to be in Yarmouth. Left at noon and arrived at 5.30am. Couldn’t get to our first choice port of Poole so diverted into the Solent through the Needles. V exciting and v scary at the same time! One more week to go until the big assessment.

Finally to Malta

•Saturday, 16 September 2017 • 2 Comments

The weather was bad over Croatia so we had to divert to Malta. A long old flight (5 hours) but well worth it. The port of Valetta was stunning. The stop over was all too brief before we headed on to the Chalet – would love to go back and explore some more.

… and then Astypalea

•Thursday, 14 September 2017 • 1 Comment

We had a very relaxing weekend on the small Greek Island of Astypalea. Beautiful sunsets, clear blue seas and a warm welcome. We met up with other pilot enthusiasts – Chris was in his element!



Onto Belgrade …

•Saturday, 9 September 2017 • Leave a Comment

An unusual place for a holiday destination but well worth a visit. A warm welcome wherever we went … a boat trip down the Danube, plenty of military history and some beautiful buildings – not quite so polished as Vienna – felt as though we were seeing more of the real Serbia.



•Thursday, 7 September 2017 • 3 Comments

A beautiful city … stunning architecture, great history, wiener schnitzel … what more could we want!

Travelling again …

•Thursday, 7 September 2017 • 1 Comment

This time in the trusty Bonanza with Cap Chris as chief pilot, chauffeur and tour guide! We headed to Vienna for a couple of days and now in Belgrade … just about to take a trip down the Danube!