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This is a blog for family and friends about sailing. It’s not all about going offshore: there are posts about building a lapstrake pram dinghy, about nerdish technical issues that I’m interested in, such as electronic navigation and chart accuracy, about barge cruises including the Venice lagoon, and we also intend to canoe the lengths of the Stour and the Waveney, the southern and northern borders of Suffolk.
But the sea is still the main objective. We’ve sailed to Scotland and Ireland in two extended round Britain cruises, been countless times to France and Holland, and chartered often in the Mediterranean and as far as the Seychelles. There are lots more places we plan to go.
As well as the chronological list of posts, they are collected into categories through links at the top of the page. So you can go straight to cruises, technical issues or indeed to old stories, which are tales from the 1950s to today. These include the rows we had at the Guardian, my one-time employer, when the former Tory Prime Minister Ted Heath launched the paper’s sponsored racing yacht; and how the Bank of England’s yacht was sunk, in a manner of speaking, and I got the blame. For those who like the classics, I had great fun joining in the 2,500 year old argument about the settings for Homer’s Odyssey, which you can read about in ‘Greek pilotage puzzle: where’s Ithaca?’