I have just joined your forum and wanted to say hello.
I sail a shoal draft sloop
on the Irish Sea and enjoy sailing across to Ireland
and exploring the many creeks and rivers. As I now have more free time I have decided this year to be more adventurous in my passage
planning and sail up to Scotland
and the Orkney Islands. If all goes well I might carry on to the Shetland Islands before returning home down the west coast
first to Northern Ireland
and then to Wales.
I took a look at several posts on this forum before I joined and feel that whilst I am fitting out, if I hit a snag, or need to know something, I should be able to get some informed help from folk who have sailed many more miles than me.
I was four when my Dad went to the London International Boat Show
and bought his first dinghy
, a Wayfarer. Bundled up in my nylon smock and kapok life jacket, I loved sailing with him on the Thames and the Norfolk Broads. When it came time to move schools I pestered my parents to choose one with a sailing club! Eventually Dad got too old for sailing and bought a motor fishing
boat, which gave all the family
many more years of fun, before for health
reasons he had to give up all together. Today, I mostly sail single-handed and when I am coiling a rope
, trimming the sail or working up my DR, I think of my Dad and all those wonderful hours we spent boating
together, all those years ago and sometimes when all hell is breaking loose, I can feel him standing next to me, helping me not to panic and make good decisions.