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Update on our sailing plans and whats been happening this week!

Well firstly, whats been happening this week? Well without putting to much of a downer on it Carl has been pretty much out of action with illness. He started on Thursday last week feeling a little bit off it. By Saturday it was really getting to him to the point where he ended up coming home early and by 5pm he was in bed. He stayed there until Monday, eating only a slice of melon and a slice of toast. Tuesday he managed to get up and lay down outside on a reclining chair in the shade. Just standing up was an effort, I cant remember seeing him so ill.
Today he has looked a bit better and managed to eat some proper food, but he is still quite weak. He’s lost 10lb in weight since last Monday.
We are riding down to Slovenia on our Harley Davidson starting Sunday for 9 days so hopefully he will be fully fit by then.

Update on our sailing training.
So Carl did his Dayskipper and Yachtmaster theory a few years ago, and since then we have had a few trailer sailor boats. Although from the experience and previous theory exams Carl has, he wants to do the courses again with me for revision. So this week, I have signed up for the Dayskipper theory course. It’s an online study at home course by I have six months to complete the course and take the exam. Then we have booked a practical Dayskipper course with for April 2017. We are both going to do the course and exam and have also booked the boat, a Bavaria 41 to charter for the week following our course. We will be doing the course in the Ionian sea, Greece. We’re both really looking forward to doing it. Before that, Carl will be doing his VHF marine radio exam and we are both looking at doing a marine diesel course over the winter period. That should leave us all set up for purchasing our own yacht early next year. In the meantime, we will be doing as much sailing in the Parker 21 that we can fit in, and not forgetting the charter we have booked in October this year.

Lots to do & lots to learn, but with a worthwhile target.
Hopefully we will be putting together a new video once we are back from Slovenia.

Jenny x

Charter booked for later in the year

Well thats us provisionally booked in then! Dates confirmed for our bareboat yacht charter on the South West coast with a group of friends later in the year.  And for those of you who are non sailors, bareboat doesn’t mean no clothes lol!

Eight of us have booked two boats to sail from Plymouth later this year year. If we get a few more then we may get another boat as well. At the moment we have two boats booked. We will be boarding on the Monday and have to have the boats back by Friday, so plenty of time to get in some practice on the Atlantic coast. We are really looking forward to this as it will be our first time on this side of the country. Watch out for the video later in the year.

Dayskipper/Yachtmaster training


Over the last 25 years we have had a few boats, starting off on windsurfers, then dinghy’s ( a few of those) and then motor cruisers, Trailer sailer yachts, shares on a narrowboat and now we sail a Parker 21. Sailing has always been a hobby/pastime/love of mine, and as such I did my Dayskipper and Yachtmaster courses back in 1995/96. Since this time Jenny has only done a bit of sailing and so this year has a lot to catch up on. The plan is for Jenny to complete her Yachtmaster by the end of the year. To get her started I bought her for Christmas an online theory training course to get her up to Dayskipper theory level. The video courses are a good refresher for me as well. Heres a link to the site we are using Westview Sailing.

We will keep you updated on our progress.

The Parker 21 is out of the water at the moment for the winter. We’re ticking the days off on the calendar looking forward to getting back out on the water. And later this year, potentially in October we will be chartering a boat down in the Solent for the week with a few friends.

Carl & Jenny