John & Kara Pennington

1215 BST 6th October 2017 DIARY

John, Kara & Dean Orford Ness October 2017

Bawdsey October 2017. Five great sailors! James Robinson, Candy Masters, Kara Pennington, David Masters & John Pennington

I spent yesterday with US sailors John, Kara and their lovely baby boy Dean. They are now in Ipswich. They are trying to find somewhere good for the winter. Woodbridge Tidemill have turned them down due to winter work in the marina. It seems their only options are Ipswich or perhaps Tollesbury.

They sailed around the world in a 30’ boat ‘Orca’ and John (Pennington) wrote a fabulous book about their circumnavigation. Its very funny and well worth reading. Order on Amazon for a paperback edition or a digital copy.

This book is an absolute MUST read for non sailors and sailors alike. And for a first time author its superbly written and very funny. But make no mistake! John and Kara are right up there with the small band of serious long distance cruising sailors who are quiet, inquisitive, generous, incredibly self sufficient and skilled at what they do in one of the harshest environments in the world. Its very nice for Kara and John to get to know Candy and David from ‘Endeavor’.  And ‘Taipan’, Kris and David (who they met in the Indian Ocean) return to Ipswich this evening!!

Their new boat is a project. She’s 45’ and aluminium and she is for going places.

‘Endeavor’ in the foreground with the Pennington’s new boat ‘Sentijn’ behind ….

Last Monday I had supper on Australian SV ‘Taipan’ with Kris and David. John and Kara were eating with them too so I met them properly for the first time then. It was great fun listening to these long distance sailors who pretend to go from one disaster to the next. You know underneath all this that they are immensely resilient, incredibly self reliant and terrific sailors.

‘Sentijn’ with one of my favourite landmarks .. Orfordness LH April 2018 heading for Scotland

Kara, Dean & John on the roof terrace of the Royal Norfolk & Suffolk YC with ‘Sentijn’ dead centre in the background. April 2018



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