A 35-post collection

Ireland Sailing Holiday 2011 - delivery to Oban

After our holiday in Ireland, Robert wanted the boat left in Oban where we would collect it the following weekend to begin his own holiday trip through the Caledonia Canal and up to Shetland.  Jen's mum took the ferry over to Larne and met us at Carrickfergus where she would »

Ireland Sailing Holiday 2011

The Ireland Sailing Holiday was a little different from our usual; for a starter, we stayed in the same place for a week!  After Robert and I had sailed the boat from Troon to Carrickfergus, Jen and Chris came over on the ferry to Larne with Kyle.  Robert had some »

Ireland Sailing Holiday 2011 - The Delivery

In preparation for our sailing holiday in Ireland, it was agreed that me and Jen's Dad would sail the boat over from Troon to Carrick Fergus and the girls would follow on the ferry with Kyle the next day. Robert and I left on Friday evening after work, with a »

Clyde Sailing Holiday 2011

Just come back from an absolute cracker of a sailing holiday with Ben, Fi, baby Ella and resident crew, Lise.  This was our first trip with two babies onboard and it was either going to go very well or very badly! We started off in our home port of Troon »

Western Isles Sailing Holiday 2010 - Part 4

I've been sailing for about ten years, since being dragged into it by my then-girlfriend-now-wife, Jen.  Throughout that time, my skills have progressed and I'm at a point where I don't mind telling people that, yes, "I can sail".  I've seen my share of problems, bad weather and equipment failure. »

Western Isles Sailing Holiday 2010 - Part 3

After a quiet week in Oban with Mhairi, Emma and Lise it was time for our resident sailor Rus to join us, with his girlfriend Alimay.  This was also set to be the point where I took over as skipper, taking on the responsibilities of getting us from A to »

Western Isles Sailing Holiday 2010 - Part 2

After a successful week cruising around Mull with the family and getting Kyle settled with boat life, it was time for a new challenge - two babies on a boat!  Mhairi brought along her wee daughter Ella, who is roughly ages with Kyle.  Unfortunately, due to various scheduling issues with »

Western Isles Sailing Holiday 2010 - Part 1

Jen and I travelled up to Oban for a family holiday on Sat 17th.  The rest of the Masterton clan had already spent a week or so in Oban so we didn't hang around, and the next morning we were on our way to Loch Aline, on the Sound of »

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 »

Scottish Islands Peak Race 2009

Oh ... did I not mention that after our attempts in 2007 and 2008, we can now finally say that we've completed the Scottish Islands Peak Race! Get in!  Ultimate respect to our runners Ben and Bruce who pushed themselves through this grueling event!  As usual, the weather proved interesting with »

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 »