Category Archives: Learning and Training

Learning to sail and undertaking quality sailing training are so important. I think that a sailor never stops learning. Here you’ll find details of some of the sailing training I’ve undertaken, as well as my stories as an RYA Cruising Instructor and Offshore Yachtmaster. Wherever you are on your ‘learning to sail’ journey, you’ll find lots of hints and tips here

Fog, Immigrants and Balloons – Sailing to Dieppe

One of our top reasons for basing ourselves down in Eastbourne, is so that we can explore some new areas, and particularly so that we can sail to France more often. We’ve been in Eastbourne for just under a month now and have so far managed two cross channel adventures. Our first was to Boulogne, and our most recent was to Dieppe.

This is a passage that I will remember for a very long time. It was the foggiest passage I’ve ever made in the UK (second only to the fog I experienced whilst on the Grand Banks, when sailing across the north Atlantic in 2018). The fog most certainly kept us on our toes. But it was also without a doubt the busiest day I’ve ever experienced for migrant crossings. Read on to hear about our sail to Dieppe on a foggy Thursday morning.

Locking out of Sovereign Marina in the early morning fog
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Logbook Updates…

Winter 2019, and Spring/Summer 2020 have been a mixed bag. What unusual times we have been living in! This blog has sat silent, but the reality for me has been plenty of sailing and lots of time on the water (in between lockdowns/tiers etc). In addition to that, I’ve achieved my Yachtmaster Offshore, Cruising Instructor, and YM Ocean Theory and have had lots interesting sailing adventures. So, to bring you up to speed and hopefully kick off my more regular blogging again, I wanted to do a logbook update…

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Me at the top of the mast, recovering a halyard

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