I've done some coastal sailing in the past including a couple of weekend rallies of the west coast
and a one week bareboat charter
on a flotilla in Greece
(I skippered, for want of a better word). I have about 21 days experience on board plus a season or so of 19' dinghy racing
in the Irish Sea.
Thanks to a myopic car driver a few years ago I sustained some injuries when I was knocked off my motorbike and I still have the joint problems to prove it but I'm getting better at managing them and they don't stop me doing moderately strenuous stuff, they just mean I get sore from them more easily. I'm aware of my limitations and would never put the boat
or crew at risk because of them - it makes more sense to exclude myself from bow duties in rough weather
(in exchange for somebody else's housekeeping duties?).
I'm currently studying my RYA Day Skipper
Theory and intend doing the practical course in a few months, but in the meantime, and after that course, I'll be looking to start clocking up the miles and hours on watch.
goal is to join a boat
on the ARC
transatlantic in 2016, and everything between now and then will be geared towards that: fitness, weight loss, skill honing etc. Who knows what I'll do once I've achieved that lifelong ambition, but I hope it'll involve more sailing.
So if you have space for a fast learning
, slow running, non-smoking, social drinking, 46 year old guy with a broad sense of humour and a (mostly) laidback live & let live attitude, and wouldn't mind sharing your boat for a day or week at a time please drop me a line. I'm something between a househusband and self employed so have quite flexible schedule.