A sailing blog about a skipper and his yacht

The skipper at Pin Mill

The skipper at Pin Mill

I learnt to sail, comparitively late in life, in dinghies, on local lakes. I then cruised with my sailing mentor, Don for 3 glorious weeks on the West Coast of Scotland. At the end of that summer we sailed Don’s Jeannau Sun Legend back from Scotland to North Wales. So hooked had I become by the end of this that nothing else would suffice but my own boat. So it came to be that I became owner and skipper of “Dansa” and the process of becoming a sailor began.

At times it was a steep learning curve, but learn I did. Soon I was cruising farther and farther afield and I circumnavigated  Ireland in 2004. Some of my cruises were undertaken solo, other with friends. Some of these adventures I have put on Dansa’s page

Dansa is now sold and Sea Bear has taken her place.
I soon realised that in Sea Bear I had a boat that could go just about anywhere and with retirement from work close on the horizon, I thought that I might set off on a big adventure, to find out if I liked the lifestyle of live-aboard and to see more of the world. 

So on these pages I have written about my sailing adventures.

I moved aboard and largely singled handed followed the classic route across to the Caribbean, through the Panama canal and across the Pacific to New Zealand. Based there awhile I also sailed to Fiji and Vanuatua.

Before sailing I sent most of my time climbing and as a fully qualified mountain guide I have climbed and trekked in many parts of the world. You could say that adventure and travelling is in my blood.

You can find my mountain climbing site at Mountain Adventures



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