Happy New Year all!
I was fortunate enough to run aground on this tremendous resource and community and although I'm not yet a blue water
sailor, I aim to develop my maintenance
and sailing skills over the next couple of years, before I buy my own boat
I've been sailing since I was 11 years old. (I'm now 54) Mostly dinghies and crewing
on small racing
yachts, wherever in the world I happened to be working at the time.
My last job was corporate troubleshooting. A consulting role I was qualified for by virtue of a rather eclectic career. I've had serious disc problems for the last several years. So while I take some time out to work
on my health
and fitness, I'm retraining via a PhD at my local university to become a trauma psychologist.
The plan is to split my year between work
and long distance sailing.
[The top photo
is a shot of the coastline a few hundred yards from where I live, looking west. The last but one headland is Portrush, with Lough Foyle and Donegal in the background. The bottom photo
is looking east, with Dunluce Castle in the foreground and the most distant headland is The Giant's Causeway. Apologies for the quality. Taken with my mobile phone]