It’s not over yet ….

•Sunday, 3 September 2017 • 1 Comment

Theory done but the big practical assessment takes place on 7th and 8th of October. I have 3 more weeks of sailing ahead of me before then but am ‘off the water’ for the next 2 weeks. Chris and I have some holiday planned – heading off to Vienna, Belgrade and Astypalea – Greek Island in the Cyclades – I will still be packing sailing books and looking at weather forecasts. Can’t quite believe that Yachting Monthly has become a magazine of choice!


… hot off the press … theory exams passed!

•Saturday, 2 September 2017 • 6 Comments

Collapsed in gin bar waiting for results with my fellow yacht-master student, Cat. Then celebrating result (gin no 2) with Cat – we did well!! img_2420

Yachtmaster Theory ..

•Saturday, 2 September 2017 • 1 Comment

So here we are – a week of theory with 3 exams at the end of the week. Last exam 3.5 hours on the 5 hour planning exercise prepared the day before. 6 days full on study – my brains have been hurting since Wednesday!

Skills & Drills

•Sunday, 27 August 2017 • 1 Comment

Here we are and another week has gone by … after 5 days of mile building, I stayed in Cowes for a weekend of Skills & Drills. Lots of Man Over Board practice under sail, collecting bouys under sail and parking practice. Slowly, slowly building confidence but still a long way to go! Beautiful day coming out of Cowes – starting to look a familiar sight…


Building miles as a Skipper …

•Friday, 18 August 2017 • 1 Comment

This sailing stuff takes all my energy … blog posts few and far between! Fabulous week sailing down to Salcombe and back. Here’s a picture of Salcombe – incredibly beautiful and ridiculously busy! I skippered the boat from Salcombe back to Weymouth – dolphins, Queen Elizabeth ship and the Red Arrows all performing for us – amazing day!!

Couldn’t get away from the boats, even in Tuscany …

•Monday, 14 August 2017 • Leave a Comment

Wandering around Viareggio – on the Tuscan coastline.

Back to Cowes

•Monday, 14 August 2017 • 1 Comment

Its 5.35am and I am up bright and early en route for Cowes once more. I’ve had 2 days of School since my last post – got my First Aid Certificate and VHF Radio qualification and then took a break from the sailing – back to London for a week of work and then off to Seytroux for a couple of days with our lovely friends – Shirley and Rob. From France to Lucca in Tuscany for the weekend – joined by Tim, Lynn and Jane, we had a night at the opera as part of the Puccini festival celebrating his work each year, some wandering around and a lot of eating and drinking! All good things come to an end and here I am – looking forward to a week of building miles at sea and being skipper on a long passage or two – I have my sea sickness tablets all ready!