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

The Hurtigruten

Ever since I first saw the Hurtigruten, Norway’s “Express Route” ferries-slash-cruise ships in Trondheim in May 2011, I’ve wanted to travel on them. However, boats and emetophobia don’t go all that well together and I’ve put it off. Until this December when for Reasons I very suddenly wanted to do it. I umm’d and ah’d… More The Hurtigruten

Plans for 2016

The New Year is a time for making plans but I’ve had my hands a bit full and haven’t had the time or space in my brain to start thinking about what I’m going to do in 2016. No resolutions (apart from try to lose enough weight that I can wear my rings again –… More Plans for 2016

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