Dansa was my 1st boat, she was a Sadler 25. I was a novice really when I bought her I bought her in 2002. This was following trips on my friend Don’s boat in Scotland during which I had become enamoured of sailing and decided that having my own boat was the thing to do.
She was a great little boat and you could say that I learnt to be a sailor in her. We went many places together exploring the coast of Anglesey, North Wales and the Irish Sea ranging from Lundy & Milford Haven in the South up to the Firth of Clyde in the north & Ireland to the west. I learnt many lessons progresssing from my nervous first steps as a skipper, my first solo sails, to a circumnavigation of Ireland and to becoming a yacht master. She did me proud and I sailed over 10,000 miles in her.
After 10 years of ownership it was perhaps time for a change. Tentatively I put her up for sale and was surprised how quickly a buyer came forward. It meant that the summer 2012 I had no boat. By all accounts I didn’t miss much that summer. I wasn’t even sure that I would get another boat, but I guess over the past 10 years the salt water had seeped into my blood too much, there were still things that I wanted to do in sailing so I started looking for a replacement.
The result was Sea Bear
Here are a few accounts of some of the times I had in Dansa, experiences that helped me become the sailor that I am today.
Summer 2011 Last Cruise in Dansa I always enjoy planning the summer cruise, thinking of places that I have not been to before or that I want to revisit. This summer my sights were set on Lundy. In my climbing years it was somewhere I had always wanted to visit to...
Sat 23rd May The forecast of SW F5 put me off from exiting the Menai Straits out over Caernarfon Bar. So instead I headed for the Northern coast of Anglesey where it would be a more sheltered. Running out towards Puffin Sound under genoa alone it certainly didn't feel...