Sailing in a storm

Growing up with reasonably good access to Poole Harbour (the second biggest natural harbour in the world, you know, albeit with an average depth of just 48cm), it took until I was at university to realise what a waste it was never to have used it, and then the best part of another decade to… More Sailing in a storm

Level 2 sailing weekend

In October, I did my Level 1 sailing certificate. When the winter was over and the centre was open again (ie last weekend), I did my Level 2. Five and a half months with no practice wasn’t very helpful but my biggest obstacle of the weekend was that the dinghy, a 16’ Wayfarer, was rigged… More Level 2 sailing weekend

A Bear in a Boat: RYA Level One beginner’s sailing course

My latest adventure was a RYA Level 1 course – that is, a sailing course for an absolute beginner and this time I really am an absolute beginner. I finished my climbing course on Friday night and first thing on Saturday morning, I was heading down to the harbour. I’ve lived within half an hour’s… More A Bear in a Boat: RYA Level One beginner’s sailing course