Thought I'd better say hello before I incur the wrath of the forum Taliban by making posts prior to announcing myself!
Spent 20 years in the British Navy
- yes, embarrassing I know - we're the ones who stand by and let innocent yachties get kidnapped by Somali pirates. Didn't happen in my day etc etc.
Been doing a few things since but, having got increasingly disenchanted with life in UK, we sold up and sailed round the Caribbean
from 2004 -2006. Boat of choice (well, not my choice - the usual story) was a Lagoon
410. Probably the ugliest boat ever, but functional. We then had to come back as my wife's mother was becoming increasingly infirm. She passed away 6 months after we returned, so my wife got to spend some quality time with her before the end.
Now trying to persuade my other half that we should go back and do it again. To be honest, she never really took to the sailing life. I remember creaming up the West coast
towards Jolly Harbour doing 10 knots on a broad reach and her telling me to slow down because we were going too fast (Huh??).
Anyway, I keep chipping away but there'll come a time when it'll either be both of us back cruising or maybe just me - time will tell.
Been following the forum for 5 years or so now - always a great source of knowledge and humour (yep - the British spelling!). I may be able to contribute from time to time but, being a Yorkshireman, tend to follow the policy of only chipping in when I've got something useful to say. Not of course that I'm saying this isn't always the case with all forum members