A 32-post collection

Shetland Sailing Holiday 2009

Well, last year we did the western isles because we had pretty much stretched as far as we could for a two week holiday.  Jen wanted to do another big trip, and Robert was keen to take the boat over Sweden - so plans were made.  Unfortunately, we didn't quite »

Western Isles Holiday 2008

Ever since our first sailing holiday to Ireland, our plans have become grander ever year.  We've sailed a the full length of the UK, stretched as far north as we go, and gone as far west.  We've always promised to go on a nice 'easy' trip around the western isles »

Channel Isles Holiday 2007

The Channel Isles holiday is/was somewhat of a big deal for me. I've been an active sailor for seven years, covered thousands of miles, participated in several annual sailing holidays and seen my fair share of nasty weather. However, this year marked my biggest challenge - to act as »

Scottish Three Peaks Race 2007

The Scottish Three Peaks Race is for teams of hill runners and sailors over a long weekend around the beautiful West Coast of Scotland. The Race starts in Oban with a short hill run, then a sail to Salen on Mull, a wee jog over Ben More, another sail to »

Iceland Sailing 2006

After a great holiday, it was eventually time to head home - but not before we made just one last stop. Of course, our stop as in yet another country ;-) We left Reykjavik just after dinner on Friday night, and within ten minutes of leaving the harbour, we spotted »

Iceland Holiday 2006

As the Iceland trip was our most technically complex trip to date, it was agreed that rather than our usual "outbound" and "return" crews, we would help each other. So, for the delivery trip, Robert got the help of Jen, Russ, and me.  Likewise, on the return trip, Robert flew »

Iceland Delivery Trip 2006

Robert has always wanted to sail to St Kilda, so its seemed like a good basis for a sailing trip. But, unfortunately, St Kilda is only accessible in certain weather conditions. We sat in the pub one night thinking of how we could organise the trip, and what we would »

Sailing Weekend

(Troon -> Lamlash -> Troon) Day sailing out of Troon with Jen, Bryan, Kev, Russell, Fiona and Simon »

Sailing Weekend

Day sailing out of Troon with Jen, Bryan, Mhari, Linda and Graham »

Wales Sailing Holiday 2005

7th August 0745 -> 1935 Penarth (Cardiff) -> Swansea 55.6nm / 12 hours Went up the mast, fun with the Swansea locks! 9th August 1010 -> 2034 Swansea -> Neyland 66.1nm / 10.5 hours More fun in the locks, dolphins, blind nav, "come along side early bird". 10th - »

Jen’s first UK Dive

A shore / scenic dive with Ben & Jen at Conger Ally, Loch Long. Jen's first UK dive, so quite a shallow dive! »

Orkney Holiday 2004

Troon -> Campbelltown - Live MOB for 2 hours Campbelltown -> Ardentrive (Oban) - fast round the mull Ardentrive -> Portree (Syke) - dolphins - skye bridge Portree -> Stromnesss (Orkney) - weather - cape wrath - fog - force 8/9 - cliffs of orkney - tidal window - »

Ireland Delivery Trip

10/July - Troon to Campbeltown 11/July - Cambeltown to Bangor (mob drills) 12/July - Belfast to Troon (Seacat) »

Sailing Weekend

Troon -> Milport (night sail) Milport -> Tarbert (good sail) Tarbert -> Troon (6am - 11am) »

Sailing Weekend

12/06/04: With no real set plan, we left Troon around 10am. Again, we had a bit of trouble getting the mail sail out. Fortunately, we had started in the outer harbour while waiting for the Seacat to come in. After a few laps round the harbour, and sending »

Sailing Weekend

Originally Jenny and I had planned to take the boat out by ourselves and just go sailing for a while. Thankfully, Jenny's Dad decided to come along as well, allowing us to setup a watch system. My watches were simply 2 hours on, 2 hours off - which poses a »

Sailing Weekend

After picking up the crew, including a new addition, Niall, we headed through to the boat. Niall had some friends in Troon, so we joined them in Troon's answer to "Byker Grove" for a couple of drinks. Saturday morning we were up bright and early to start our weekend. We »

Sailing Weekend

We originally had planned to have Gee/Dom along for a final 'proper' sail before the end of the season. Unfortunately, Gee dropped out, but Kev stepped up into his place. Maybe he knew something we didn't :-) 1/11/03: After having a look at the weather, and talking »

Sailing Weekend

17/10/03: Left Troon at 12.15, after our usual 'boat chat', quick run through, and the obligitory pontoon bashing sessions. A bit stronger wind this weekend, so although we had a few that weren't quite perfect, it would be good practice for our return! Anyway, once we were »

Sailing Weekend

29/08/2003: After a really long drive all the way from Edinburgh to Ardfen, we finally arrived in what looked the worlds most unlikely place to put a harbour. Anyway, after lots of well wishing from the previous crew, they handed over to us, and we prepared for a »