Deer Sound, Orkney 2016

A single-handed sailors dull blog of his adventures at sea, boats he has sailed, some of his sailing friends and a few to admire and appreciate too.  

There is the odd exciting bit but that will be because I have done something wrong.  Mistakes are highlights! If it’s immensely boring I have done something right.  

On land I am social.  Most of the time I am alone at sea and I like it that way.  

My sailing has for the most part been in the tricky Thames Estuary.  From there exploring, The North Sea, The Channel, Holland, Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal, Scotland, Orkney, Shetland, Norway, Denmark, Germany, and a little of  the USA. I have also sailed in the Mediterranean Italy, France and Spain.  In 2018 me and ‘Talisker 1’ sailed 4,000 miles in the Atlantic Ocean.  

I have sailed further than most but not nearly as far as some.

In March 2019 me and James Robinson crossed the Atlantic with Kris Adams and David Frost on their Kaufman 49 ‘Taipan’.  Not single handed this time.

22nd February 2019 Lanzarote! About to leave for Gran Canaria. Me, Kris, David and James Robi.

March 2019 Track from Gran Canaria to Martinique and then to Grenada via St Lucia and Bequia

Having been away in March, 2019 was spent sailing in the Thames Estuary with a couple of North Sea crossings to visit my friends in Belgium. 

My grand daughter visited from Texas in July and she spent her first few days at sea.

My granddaughter Abi, a complete natural on the water.

‘Talisker 1’ was hauled out of the water on the 3rd January 2020 for winter maintenance.

Due to Covid 19 ‘Talisker 1’ was re launched on the 30th June 2020.  I had expected, perhaps to have been inbound from perhaps Faroe or even Iceland about the end of June.  I have no intention in the current epidemic of sailing too far from home waters.

‘Talisker 1’ Cedeira, Spain 2018

Atlantic Ocean. ‘Talisker 1’ Making Progress to Madeira 16th June 2018

‘Talisker 1’ in the Portuguese Trades heading south to Madeira 2018

Landfall. Ponto do Castelo LH, Santa Maria, The Azores 2018

Taking sights … inbound to Falmouth from The Azores July 2018

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